Simple Snacks for Busy Moms During Detox

by Heather Ferber on March 16, 2015

Winter and spring are very popular times of year to reset your metabolism, balance your hormones, and increase your energy by participating in a whole foods, seasonal detox.  Detoxing is another word for “cleansing” where the main goals of the program are to increase the efficiency of your digestive system and stimulate other organs in the body that are responsible for elimination (i.e. the liver, kidneys, skin, etc).  Detoxification also works to improve your underlying health so you are less prone to infection.

The most important way of strengthening your body’s natural defense, combating the daily onslaught of toxins, and increasing your energy is to improve your diet. Food can provide an amazingly rich source of antioxidants and other powerful chemicals which improve and optimize your body’s functioning. For women on the go, it’s often snacking that can interfere with our clean eating plans so here are a few of my favorite simple snacks for busy moms during detox time:

Simple Snacks During Detox:

  • Raw veggies/crudités (if you prep at the beginning of the week they are ready to grab and go)
  • Homemade Guacamole (mash an avocado and mix in onions, cilantro, garlic, and lots of fresh lime juice)
  • Beet chips/Parsnip chips (slice thin, toss in bowl with tablespoon of olive oil, sea salt, garlic powder and cayenne; bake at 425* for 15 mins, flip and bake an additional 15 minutes)
  • Protein Date Energy Bars (a huge hit with the recipes below)

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PROTEIN DATE Energy Bars

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup soft Medjool dates, soaked for 1 hour

1/4 cup flax seeds

pinch of sea salt

2 Tablespoons raw cacao powder

In a food processor, combine the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Pulse for 30 seconds to a minute. Place the ground seeds in a separate bowl and set aside. Add the soaked dates to the food processor and process until there are no large pieces. When the mixture resembles dough, stop and stir with a spoon.

Add the ground pumpkin and sunflower seeds back to the food processor along with the flax seeds, sea salt, and cacao powder. Pulse together all the ingredients again until everything is well incorporated.  DO NOT OVERMIX!

Spread the mixture evenly into a pan to make bars. You can also make into protein orbs by using an ice cream soccer and placing each ball on a cookie sheet. Place the bars into the refrigerator for one hour before serving.

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During a detox or cleanse, you should not feel hungry or deprived. Having the proper snacks on hand can make your experience a huge success!

More fabulous detox recipe and ideas are found in my Love Yourself Winter Detox which is kicking off March 19th.  You can learn more about this program on my website.

Love Yourself Winter Detox

Heather Ferber is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and detox specialist helping busy moms to get fresh, focused and energized so they can enjoy better health, balanced hormones, healthier kids and more calm in the kitchen. She has appeared on WISN Channel 12’s morning news to share her kitchen tips, tricks and recipes. You can find her on FB at www.facebook.com/betterhealthbyheather or on the web at www.betterhealthbyheather.com

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