We’ve all been there. A co-worker brings in cookies to work on Friday, coffee and pastries with a friend or loved one on Saturday morning, happy hours, beers and pizza while watching the games over the weekend, all end up leaving us feeling less-than-stellar come Monday morning. Don’t worry though, together we can work to get back on track. There are a few important things to remember when trying to reduce bloating and fatigue following a weekend of indulgences:
1. Drink plenty of water. Drinking a lot water will help flush out toxins, extra salt, and will help keep your metabolism working for you.
2. Sweat. Do something active that gets your heart rate up and helps you break a sweat. Exercising will help get you back into the mindset of eating healthily and sweating will help reduce the bloated feeling as well.
3. Eat a clean diet. Following a weekend of over-indulging, try to go a few days without processed foods. Stick to whole grains, vegetables, and lean protein. This will help keep you energized, keep your blood sugar stable, and will make you feel much better. Try my green juice to start your day and/or the salad below for lunch!
Chopped veggie and raisin salad (a delicious way to get your body and mind back on track toward your healthy goals)
Inspired by Angela, who was inspired by Whole Foods!
1 head cauliflower
1 bunch broccoli
1/2 bag mini carrots
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 small apple chopped (I used one small apple per serving)
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
Dressing (per serving)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
pinch of salt
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp agave nectar
1. In a food processor, process the head of cauliflower. Give it a few pulses until it’s roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces. You may have to do this in several batches to not overload the processor. Add chopped cauliflower to a large bowl. Continue the same process with the broccoli and carrots, giving them a rough chop. Add them to the cauliflower.
2. Add chopped parsley, raisins, and sunflower seeds to the veggies and toss to mix.
3. Since this makes quite a bit of salad, I recommend not adding the apple or dressing until just before eating. Otherwise the apples may turn brown and the salad will last longer if you don’t put the dressing on right away.
4. When ready to serve add apple and dressing and toss well. Adjust seasoning to taste. Enjoy alongside a bowl of soup for a healthy lunch!
This definitely makes a lot of salad, which is great for pre-packing your lunches all week! I loved the combination of flavors in this salad and definitely felt “good” after eating it 😀
What will you do to be healthy this week?