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Post-Holiday Cleanse Recipes (Meatless Monday)

By Hollis Templeton

If Christmas and Hanukkah festivities have sent you on a mini-vacation from virtuous eating and shifted your digestive system into overdrive, don’t wait ‘til January 1 to get back on track.

Get a head start on healthy resolutions (and give that poor stomach a well-deserved break) by swapping sweets and indulgent party foods for clean and simple meals that are low in saturated fat, sugar, and sodium and free of caffeine, alcohol, food additives, and meat products.

Try these vegetarian meal and snack ideas to look and feel better by New Year’s Day!

Scrambled Egg Whites with Fresh Herbs Sure, you’ll cut calories when you’re eating cleansing foods, but that’s not to say you’ll feel hungry. This filling breakfast allows you eggs, toast, salsa, and a warming cup of green tea. Alternatively, enjoy a bowl of oatmeal topped with berries or nuts.

Light Smoothie Milk, berries, peanut butter, a dash of cocoa powder—this doesn’t taste like a diet drink to us!

Steamed Greens and Tofu A delicious go-to detox dinner or lunch idea: Add 4 ounces of tofu and two teaspoons of olive oil to steamed or raw greens of your choice. From there, dress up your oil with a flavorful vinegar and some fresh herbs. Try naturally enhancing the flavor of your greens by picking peppery arugula or watercress or by tossing fresh cilantro, basil, or flat-leaf parsley into the mix.

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Mint Juice Use a juicer or a blender to mix up a fruit and veggie concoction that’s specifically designed to satisfy your taste buds. Or try this super-fruity blend of cherries, grapes, and carrots. For something less sweet, go with blend apples, carrots, lettuce, and ginger.

Green Veggies and Green Tea Take a break from typical snacking fare and enjoy the crunch of a cup of cucumber slices (add a little vinegar and fresh dill to boost flavor) or 10 blanched asparagus spears (dip in nonfat yogurt swirled with Dijon mustard) along with a cup of hot green tea. Drink your tea straight up or infuse with fresh mint and ginger and serve over ice.