You’ve finally accepted that Christmas is over but after taking a good hard look in the mirror you’ve realised that you have over indulged a lot! The Adonis that used to smile back at you is gone and you aren’t 100% sure if you can get him back! Your friends are talking about how much detoxes and juice cleanses have helped them lose that Christmas belly, you stop to listen, wondering if this is the solution to your problem…
Want to feel lighter naturally and return to a state of clarity and balance? Is your body’s alkalinity messed up and needs to be restored? Have friends called you moody lately? A detox is the answer! It will let that digestive system relax for a few days so you can eliminate all those toxins and impurities!
The idea of not eating solid foods for 3+ days isn’t something we could handle, so this guide is more of a Detox Hack, a practical and easier way of getting those pesky toxins out of your body. Put down that juice and get yourself to these healthy restaurants instead!
The Happy Pear has two cafes around Greystones, an evening restaurant and their own farm if you wish to buy fruit and vegetables directly from them. Visit their restaurant and you can choose from a Middle Eastern style grilled haloumi and roasted veg salad, quinoa crusted black bean burger, or a four grain protein salad. There’s a take-away menu available too.
The shop has all your nutritional needs covered. Expect to see produce appear according to what’s in season, and specialty products like turmeric, samphire, pomegranate molasses and nut butters can be found in their shops.
Dylan McGrath’s Stone at Rustic was one of the original healthy eating restaurants. It jumped headfirst into the world of nutrition, adorning its menu with abbreviated colourful circles that denoted which dishes were wheat, gluten, sugar and dairy free. Most dishes also have short descriptions explaining why exactly they are good for you, a sort of beginners guide to nutrition.
Their menu ticks all the nutritional boxes, with the superfood salad being essential in any post-Christmas detox plan. It has you covered with omega 3 from haddock poached in soya milk, a wide variety of vegetables, bit of creaminess with an avocado, and legumes in the form of peas, broad beans and alfalfa sprouts.
With so many “Super Food” dishes available it’s impossible not to leave feeling healthier.
Cornucopia is another restaurant that has been around long before it was cool to eat healthy. It’s hard to believe that they have been in Wicklow Street since 1986, but this prolonged success means they must be doing something right!
Their menu consists of three options which change regularly in the form of soups, salads and a variety of mains. For those who like to sit and nurse a warm bowl of soup as the world goes by, the options available are always really healthy and full of flavour. Main options like red onion, leek and sun dried tomato polenta cakes, as well as a potato, leek and courgette gratin, cover their modus operandi of being tasty and healthy.
If you fancy keeping your detox going for a while longer, buy one of the Cornucopia cookbooks on your way out.
The Lo-Cal Kitchen in Castleknock have the same idea regarding detoxing your body, it’s not about starving yourself, it’s about getting a load of vegetables into your diet. They have a 3 day detox food plan which will cover all your nutritional needs. All you have to do is give them 24 hours notice, pick it up, and eat the meals throughout the day.
It almost sounds too good to be true? Well, that’s because you will have to drink a “Lo-Cal Super Shot” of spirulina, barleygrass, wheatgrass and chlorella. You can’t stuff your face for the whole of Christmas without paying the piper at the end.
Sprout Food Co
We’ve previously talked about the cold pressed unpasteurised juices from Sprout Food Co. They are pretty damn tasty, have a variety of flavours, and cover nearly all your nutritional bases. If you are one of the many people who signed up to a gym in January, having one of these juices post work out is really going to help with that detox.
It’s easy to forget that they also offer healthy salads and wraps too, using produce that comes from the Smithfield Market daily. What more could you want in transforming your body from a young Santa back into its chiselled Adonis form!