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The Annual goop Detox

December’s many indulgences (champagne! cheese! pie!) make January an ideal time to detox, but the fact that it’s a busy time of year, cold as f*%k outside, and dark most of the day can make a diet of smoothies and kale salad pretty unappealing and almost untenable. So this year, our five-day detox is soothing and cozy–hot breakfasts, warm and filling dinners, and quick and simple lunches that are anything but a #saddesklunch.

We stuck to basic Clean program elimination-diet rules: No caffeine, alcohol, gluten, added sugar, processed oils and butters (e.g. margarine), vegetable oils (e.g. canola and corn), nightshades (we use a little fresh chili here and there, but skip it if you’re sensitive to nightshades like tomatoes and eggplant), corn, shellfish, red meat, soy, and dairy—but we did include eggs to bulk up some dishes and provide a little extra protein.

To help make the whole cleanse feel super-manageable (you can do it, we promise!), we also put together a detailed schedule and shopping list: You’ll need to do one big shop and some meal prep the Sunday before you start, and plan for another quick mid-week run to the market to grab Wednesday-Friday’s proteins. Factor in about 20 minutes every morning to make breakfast and lunch for the day, and 20 minutes at night for dinner, then enjoy the fruits of your labor—delicious, healthy meals for a whole week and a lighter, happier, refreshed you.

The Recipes

  • Chicken Bone Broth

    Chicken Bone Broth

    This versatile broth is great for sipping, using as a base for egg drop soup, and in any recipe that calls for chicken stock. If you’re curious about the benefits of bone broth, read up on it here.

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  • Egg Drop Soup

    Egg Drop Soup

    Egg drop soup may seem like an odd breakfast, but this fortifying bone broth is actually the perfect thing to drink on a winter morning.

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  • Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

    Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

    A detox version of a classic, this one relies on the natural sweetness of apples and dates to approximate that comforting taste of childhood.

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  • GP's Warming Morning Latte

    GP’s Warming Morning Latte

    This spicy potion combines reishi (which helps promote the immune system, relieve stress, and protect the body from free radicals and other environmental stressors), tocos (which promotes healthy skin and connective tissue and helps the body detoxify), and astragalus (which strengthens and protects skin, promotes a healthy metabolism, and enhances whole body function) to create a morning drink that not only tastes amazing but actually helps your body detox.

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  • Detox Granola Bars

    Detox Granola Bars

    The perfect snack while detoxing, these granola bars offer healthy fats from nuts and seeds, and just enough sweetness to keep you from caving for leftover holiday sweets.

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  • Chicken and Cabbage Dim Sum

    Chicken and Cabbage Dim Sum

    GP was really craving some clean dim sum, so she thought of using cabbage leaves as wrappers instead of wheat- or grain-based dough. Now we’re obsessed with this clean dumpling hack. Serve these on their own or with cauliflower rice or brown rice on the side.

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  • Crunchy Veggie Salad with Poached Chicken and Garlicky Sunbutter Dressing

    Crunchy Veggie Salad with Poached Chicken and Garlicky Sunbutter Dressing

    This salad is crunchy, creamy, nutty, and filling. If you make the chicken bone broth, use the poached chicken breast from that recipe here.

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  • Detox Niçoise Salad

    Detox Niçoise Salad

    Nothing beats a classic Niçoise—you won’t miss the potatoes when you’ve got creamy avocado in the mix.

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  • Miso Sweet Potato

    Miso Sweet Potato

    These potatoes are a super tasty and easy addition to any meal. They’re also great to make ahead for our miso sweet potato collard wrap or to eat as a snack.

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  • Miso Sweet Potato Collard Wrap

    Miso Sweet Potato Collard Wrap

    Inspired by Taiwanese beef rolls, these healthy collard wraps are the best way to use up leftover miso sweet potatoes.

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  • Laarb Lettuce Cups

    Laarb Lettuce Cups

    The flavors of Thai laarb meet the style of Chinese lettuce cups in this easy, quick, and addictive mash-up detox dish.

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  • Lentils with Salmon and Grilled Radicchio

    Lentils with Salmon & Grilled Radicchio

    Restaurant-quality food at home always feels like a real treat, and this dish certainly qualifies. This makes extra lentils, which are great in a salad or can easily be turned into a delicious and filling lentil soup by adding chicken bone broth and a grating of fresh ginger.

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  • Kitchen Sink Thai Fried Rice

    Kitchen Sink Thai Fried Rice

    A perfect Friday night meal, you can throw “everything but the kitchen sink” (meaning whatever leftover veggies you happen to have in the fridge) into this fried rice and it will taste awesome.

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  • Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

    Turkey & Sweet Potato Chili

    Considering how easy it is, this recipe really delivers on flavor. We would make this even if we weren’t detoxing. It may seem like a lot of spice, but in the absence of fresh peppers and tomatoes, the soffritto gives the chili its depth.

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The Plan

SUNDAY

MONDAY

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TUESDAY

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  • Mix leftover lentils with 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger and 2 cups bone broth. Blend with an immersion blender and pack one portion for tomorrow’s lunch.

WEDNESDAY

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THURSDAY

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FRIDAY

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