When you think fall food, you probably imagine those pumpkin-spiced lattes, cheesecake muffins, Oktoberfest beers – and of course – Halloween candy. (Hello Reeses Cups!)
But overdosing on autumn-themed eats can actually leave you bloated and lethargic (which won’t help you get to your 7 p.m. bootcamp class!). Not feeling the cabbage soup diet for the third year in a row? Your quick fix: These naturally detoxifying foods that will leave you feeling full, satisfied and best of all, healthy!
Why it’s detoxing: Just a touch of this tasty spice can rev up your metabolism and get you ready to kick butt in class. While in the US, we mainly use cinnamon for sweet and savory dishes, it’s widely used for medicinal purposes in countries across the world. It’s an excellent source of manganese, which supports a healthy bone structure, bone metabolism and helps creates bone-building enzymes in your body. It’s also full of calcium, dietary fiber and is a great source of both iron and vitamin K.
Try this recipe: Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats from MyFrugalAdventures.com
Why it’s detoxing: An apple a day keeps that doc away, sure, but those Red Delicious beauties you picked at the apple festival are also an awesome detoxing fruit. They’re chock-full of nutrients and also contain pectin, a soluble fiber that helps remove food additives and metals from your system. (Yes… metals!) Be sure to stock up on organic apples, as the conventional kind are the most heavily-sprayed fruits around.
Try this recipe: Baked Apple Chips from SugarApron.com
Why it’s detoxing: If Twizzlers are one of your treasured treats from Halloween, fear not! Get through the withdrawal period with their healthy cousin, fennel. It’s a root vegetable that tastes just like licorice (in a vegetable-sort of way), but it’s also packed with dietary fiber that will help you flush out toxins and boost digestion. Constipated? Battling indigestion? Gassier than ever? Fennel’s your fix!
Go ahead and feel tropical — even if the warm weather’s long gone. It’s the perfect rescue for an unstoppable sugar craving, but also comes with a few bonuses. It helps break down intestinal waste and inflammation and is also stacked with enough vitamin C to help your immune system survive flu season. Not only is it low in calories, saturated fats and cholesterol, but it’s also super low in sodium, too.
Try this recipe: Skinny Pineapple Teriyaki Pork Chops from SkinnyMom.com
Believe it or not, they are good for more than just guac! This creamy Mexican staple does a killer job of cleansing your colon. It also makes room for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K. And in just one half-cup avocado there’s a whopping 9 grams of dietary fiber.
Try this recipe: Chicken and Avocado Salad With Lime and Cilantro from CookBoum.com
OK — so, anyone who’s already a fan of this bitter but satisfyingly savory vegetable knows that they don’t give you the most pleasant breath – but the fact is, brussels sprouts come with a ton of benefits. They rid your body of uncomfortable bloat and are also filled with a variety of cancer-protective substances. In fact, studies have shown that daily consumption of brussels sprouts improve the stability of DNA inside our white blood cells. (And your boyfriend can just get over the gas, k?)
Ever try (and gorge yourself on) an artichoke pizza? Ya we know, it’s basically the best guilty pleasure of all time. But when it’s not drenched in creamy, cheesy goodness, it’s actually total TLC for your digestive system. Just one medium-sized artichoke contains 10 grams of colon-cleansing fiber (and only 60 calories!). They’ll also cleanse your liver (so go ahead and head to the biergarten this weekend).
Try this recipe: Spinach Artichoke Pasta from TheRecipeCritic.com
Why it’s detoxing: This sidekick to sushi (that you probably always forget is on your plate) can kick the natural detox process into high gear. Not only does it spike your metabolism, but it also flushes out waste. In fact, a recent study found that ginger may play a role in weight management, thanks to its digestive properties and anti-inflammatory qualities.
Try this recipe:Lemon Ginger Basil Iced Tea from PaleoGrubs.com
Why it’s detoxing: They might stain your teeth, but beets are one of your best bets to naturally flush out those harmful toxins you digested on Halloween (and the five weekends before it). Not only are they a high-antioxidant vegetable, but they are also jam-packed with tons of good-for-you substances like betaine, betalians, fiber, iron, betacyanin, folate and betanin. A mouthful? Yes! But certainly a nutritious one. All these elements work to defend your liver and bile ducts, lower inflammation and allow your systems to work without interruption.
Try this recipe: Beet & Berry Liver Cleanse Juice from BareRootGirl.com
Jenn Sinrich is an editor in New York City, a self-proclaimed foodie always looking for the healthier version of all recipes, a passionate lover of all things cheese, a friendly New Yorker, Bostonian at heart and proud Red Sox fan. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.