Six Detox Superfoods (In One Delicious Muffin Recipe)
When most of us resolve to “lose weight” or “get in shape,” we focus on those things we have to give up or “stop” doing (like eating cookies or drinking beer), as well as those things we need to “start” doing that we might not enjoy (like spin class!).
The problem is that this way of thinking usually just serves as a source of guilt… rather than a well of inspiration. That seems like a recipe for unhappiness and negative self-talk to me!
But I propose something different…
Instead of vowing to radically change your diet (ie. drinking only green juice for days on end) or logging countless hours at the gym, I propose something sustainable… something enjoyable… and something totally doable for the long haul.
Instead of focusing your intention on taking things away and depriving yourself, shift your focus to adding and upgrading.
And one of the easiest ways you can do this is by making over your favorite comfort foods with intelligent ingredients.
Comfort foods, by definition, are traditional foods that provide a nostalgic or sentimental feeling. You know… the warm chocolate chip cookie you bite into and remember baking with your mother… or the fluffy mashed potatoes at Sunday dinners with your family.
These foods evoke deep emotion and tap into our pleasure centers. They connect us to our past. And that’s just one reason they are so tough to avoid… and so easy to overindulge in.
The other reason, of course, is biochemical. Comfort foods are traditionally high glycemic. That means they rapidly convert to sugar – one of the most powerful and addictive drugs in our society!
But what if you could…
Detoxify & Protect Your Health (With Delicious Comfort Foods)
Growing up, blueberry muffins were one of my favorite breakfast treats. And like many kids, the variety in my household started out in a cardboard box. They were full of trans fat, sugar, refined flour and chemical ingredients – a recipe for oxidation, inflammation, obesity and disease.
In fact, the “blueberry pieces” weren’t even berries at all!
But boy did they taste good hot out of the oven and slathered with butter.
The good news is that I don’t have to give up the pleasure and nostalgia of my favorite blueberry muffins for the sake of my health. By replacing the harmful ingredients with healthy ones, I can replicate the taste, texture and flavor I love.
Only these blueberry muffins provide some amazing health benefits to boot. Take a look at how the “intelligent ingredients” in the recipe below can protect and enhance your health:
Bodylicious Blueberry Chia Pumpkin Muffins
Moist, fluffy, sweet and filling. Antioxidant-rich and detoxifying.
These are not words that you typically think of going together. But you really can enjoy a delicious bakery treat and a nutritional powerhouse all rolled into one.
Pastured Eggs: Eggs laid by pasture-raised chickens are a true superfood. They are high in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin that promote healthy vision and ward off cancer. They’re also packed with clean protein and sulfur-rich compounds that encourage the liver to kick up its detoxifying enzymes.
Coconut: This multitasking master ingredient provides a pantry of products and prevention. The coconut palm can produce a functional flour (grain free and high fiber!)… a sweet sugar (low glycemic!)… and a satiating fat (that trims your tummy!). That makes it the perfect baking staple for delicious detoxification.
Pumpkin: This humble health superstar is chock full of carotenoids – potent cell protectors that act as powerful anti-aging ingredients and give your skin a healthy glow.
Blueberries: Packed with powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, these blue gems guard against free radical damage and have also been found to protect the brain from age-related changes.
Chia: This “superseed” is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. And that’s not all – when combined with liquid, chia forms a gel that helps to balance blood sugar and promotes detoxification by binding to toxins and carrying them out of the body.
Cinnamon: One of the world’s most potent antioxidants, cinnamon provides protection against advanced glycation end-products or “AGEs.” These are one of the main culprits behind tissue damage and inflammation. They also result in the development of visible lines on your face, the development of inflexible arteries, and a host of serious metabolic consequences. (So go ahead and double the cinnamon for more benefits!)
I hope you love the healthy and delicious recipe (below) as much as we do! And if you enjoyed this email or think you know someone who would enjoy this information, please forward this to your friends or co-workers.
Cheers to enjoying the nourishing foods and activities that are good… and good for you.
To healing and detoxing… deliciously!
PS – If you like our recipe makeovers, you’ll be glad to know that Healing Gourmet is undergoing a makeover of our own right now. Stay tuned for more recipes, new features and exciting upgrades to the site!
Blueberry Chia Pumpkin Muffins
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Nutrition Information Per Serving
115 calories, 8 g fat, 5.5 g saturated fat, 1.2 g monounsaturated fat, 0.6 g polyunsaturated fat, 6.7 g carbohydrate, 3.2 g sugar, 2.5 g fiber, 4 g protein