35 Delicious Cleansing Recipes for the New Year

After all the indulgence of the holidays, the new year is the perfect time to detox your system and restore optimum gut health. Cleanses don't need to be synonymous with deprivation anymore though. These 35 cleansing soup, salad, smoothie, and juice recipes are delicious and nutrient packed so you can enjoy your food AND feel good about it at the same time.

35 soups, salads, and smoothies to eat in the new year

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Let's face it: one of the best parts about the Christmas holidays is the food. Parties, potlucks, eating out—the holidays are all about indulging and eating things we wouldn't normally eat in quantities we wouldn't normally consume. 

Ok, maybe that's not ALL the holidays are about...but it sure seems to be a big part of it. 

By the time January arrives, my pants are all a little snugger and I'm resembling a sloth much more than usual. That's how I know it's time to cleanse. 

Why should we cleanse and detox our systems?

Eating all that extra food—most of which is more fattening and less nutrient-rich than our regular diets—sends our digestive systems into overtime mode. They have to work really hard to process that extra intake and sometimes they might not be very happy with the types of food we consume. You may find that you're fighting bloating, indigestion, inflammation and other symptoms more when you're not eating as well. 

Last year, my family kicked off the new year with an Elimination Diet to figure out our trigger foods for a variety of symptoms. This is a long, difficult process that requires much discipline but it's totally worth doing at least once. 

But another effective way to reset your system after a period of unhealthy eating is to do a cleanse. Eating nutrient-rich fruits and veggies that are more easily digestible gives your system a nice break and fuels it back up with the types of things it needs to run at its best. 

Cleansing Recipes for the New Year

If you haven't tried cleansing before, I assure you, it's probably not nearly as bad as you're imagining. You might think you're going to have to live on lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for a week, but that's not the case. In fact, following a meal plan filled with cleansing recipes like these is actually both satisfying and delightful. 

It's okay if you're new to cleansing or if you aren't that into a whole food diet.

You can simply use the new year as an opportunity to reset your eating habits—or develop new ones—by using clean, healthy recipes that you'll love. 

In this post, I've included 35 recipes. These include seven each of smoothies, soups, entrees, drinks, and salads. That way, you can easily create a monthly meal plan by rotating through the smoothies and juices for breakfast, the salads and soups for lunch, and the entrees for dinner. 


Cleansing Smoothie Recipes

detox recipes - two glasses of vegan strawberry white bean smoothie with hemp hearts

Add an untraditional ingredient to your vegan strawberry banana smoothie and you get a creamier, richer texture and an easy shot of folate, vitamin B1, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Be adventurous and try this one out!

Cleansing recipes - pomegranate cranberry antioxidant smoothie

For optimum urinary tract health, cranberries are a great addition to your regular diet. This superfood is nearly as high as blueberries in antioxidants and contains proanthocyanidins that can stop the spread of E. Coli. They also contain calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. Try this zesty smoothie for a quick morning energy boost.

detox recipes - a glass of glowing goddess green detox smoothies surrounded by citrus fruits on a plate

Load up on cleansing fruits and veggies in this powerhouse smoothie. With kale, cucumber, spinach, apples, oranges, and bananas, this thick and creamy smoothie will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. 

detox recipes - a glass of blueberry broccoli smoothie

Sneak some raw broccoli into your family's breakfast routine by adding it to this deceptively purple smoothie. Both blueberries and broccoli are anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. 

detox recipes - a mason jar filled with carrot orange smoothie

This smoothie is loaded with vitamins and nutrients, including A, C, K, B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Also, it has pineapple. Enough said.

Cleansing recipes - two glasses of banana coffee smoothie with chocolate and bananas scattered around them

I love how eating chocolate for breakfast in the form of a healthy smoothie or shake has now become acceptable. It's probably my favorite food trend of all time. If you're taking a break from caffeine while you cleanse, feel free to omit the espresso powder from this recipe and you'll still have a delicious banana cocoa treat to start your day with.

Cleansing recipes - cranberry smoothie bowl topped with almonds cranberries and rosemary

Cranberries make another appearance in this show-stopping recipe. Quick and simple to whip up, this cranberry smoothie bowl is like nature's medicine cabinet with all the health benefits it boasts.

Cleansing Salad Recipes

detox recipes - a bowl of red cabbage apple slaw

This simple, flavorful salad packs a nutritional punch in the form of cabbage—full of cancer-preventing nutrients and antioxidants—and pomegranate—an anti-inflammatory source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium.

detox recipes - a bowl of noodles with tofu and vegetables

If you're looking for nutritional vegan and gluten free meals for the new year, look no further. This one checks all the boxes. Rice noodles, tofu, oodles of raw veggies and a homemade dressing come together in a quick, customizable, satisfying meal.

detox recipes - kale and Brussel sprout salad in a bowl

This superfood salad is perfect for cleansing. Kale is high in fibre and water, making it a powerful tool for restoring digestive health and Brussel sprouts have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help too! Add some zesty pomegranate arils and a lemon vinaigrette and this salad is a winner!

detox recipes - mint and lentil salad in a bowl

The addition of lentils, which are high in protein, fibre, and iron, take this salad to the next level. Pair them with mint and a homemade vegan honey mustard dressing and this might just be your new favorite lunch.

Cleansing recipes - a bowl of roasted purple cauliflower soup

This striking salad combines roasted purple and white cauliflowers with broccoli for a colorful, nutrient-packed cruciferous fiesta. Yum!

detox recipes - a bowl of blood orange and arugula salad with fennel

This salad is a beautiful medley of flavors, textures, and colors. Creamy green avocado, tangy crimson blood oranges, and peppery arugula are united by a zesty citrus vinaigrette for a satisfying meal. Delicious!

Cleansing recipes - tabbouleh with lemon and bread

Tabbouleh is one of my all time favorite cleansing salads. The combination of parsley and lemon is so powerful, you actually feel like it's cleaning you up from the inside out. This traditional version is simple to make and vegan too. Substitute quinoa for bulgar if you need a gluten-free option. 

Cleansing Soup Recipes

detox recipes - a white bowl with vegetarian borscht and chickpeas

Full of nutrient-rich veggies like beets, onions, carrots, and cabbage, this nourishing vegetarian borscht will keep you warm while cleansing your system. Beets are a source of two betalain phytonutrients that are known to be anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants.

detox recipes - a bowl of turmeric zucchini soup

Cooked with creamy coconut milk and anti-inflammatory turmeric spice, this zucchini soup is healing and nutritious, perfect for those with digestion or gut-health issues or simply looking for a light yet satisfying meal. It’s paleo, vegan, gluten-free, keto and Whole30 friendly.

detox recipes - a bowl of white bean and kale soup surrounded by kale and lemon

If it's iron you're in need of, go with this nourishing soup. The vitamin C in the lemon and tomatoes will help you absorb the iron in the kale and white beans better. This well-designed dish is a full meal in thirty minutes and one pot. Sweet!

detox recipes - two bowls of curried sweet potato soup on a table

Blended sweet potato soup is the ultimate comfort food. Nourishing, comforting, delicious, this soup has it all. Top with fresh rosemary, pepitas, and chives for a simple yet stunning weeknight dinner.

Cleansing recipes - a bowl of vegan cabbage soup on a table

Cabbage soup is not only delicious and warming, it's also great for fighting inflammation and restoring digestive health. I love that this recipe can be made on the stovetop if you're in a rush or in a slow cooker (if you're in a rush earlier in the day).

detox recipes - a small bowl of vegetarian butternut squash soup

Butternut squash is another nutrient-packed star in a creamy winter soup. It's low in calories and high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium (to name a few). Save time by buying pre-diced squash and this soup will come together with minimal effort.

Cleansing recipes - bowl of spicy broccoli soup

Broccoli once again takes center stage in this quick and flavorful soup loaded with vitamins, anti-oxidants, and dietary fibers. To make it kid-friendly, reduce or skip the spicy ginger.

Cleansing Entrees

detox recipes - vegan black bean meatballs with zoodles and marinara in a bowl with a fork

This one is going on my January meal plan immediately! This healthy, vegan, gluten-free pasta dish with black bean and mushroom meatballs is sure to satisfy a range of appetites and dietary needs.

Cleansing recipes - veggie grain bowl

This entree is a filling, nutritious option for lunch or dinner. Protein-packed quinoa and chickpeas are accompanied by flavor-boosters like pistachio pesto, roasted Brussel sprouts, and pepitas. With 61g of carbs and 19g of protein, this'll keep you fuelled up for hours.

Cleansing recipes - teriyaki tofu bowl

If you enjoy eating at Freshii, you'll love this homemade version of their Teriyaki Twist bowl. It's nourishing, satisfying, and easier on the wallet, too.

Cleansing recipes - meidterranean vegan buddha bowl

Buddha bowl foods are packed with nutrients, plant based food all in one bowl. This yummy Mediterranean version features homemade falafel, smoked red pepper hummus dressing, avocados, tomatoes, and olives. 

Cleansing recipes - coconut yogurt and chickpea curry

This simple coconut curry with brown rice is an easy way to feed a large family a nutritious plant-based meal. Double (or triple) the recipe and save the leftovers for easy lunches throughout the week.

Cleansing recipes - vegan taco rice bowl

Taco bowl is one of the top meals in our house. I can't go wrong when the word "taco" is in the mix. In this version, black beans, rice, and corn provide a nutrient-dense bed for fresh-cut tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and lettuce. I could live on this.

Cleansing recipes - vietnamese summer roll bowls

This genius recipe is basically a deconstructed Vietnamese summer roll. So, all the flavor with less than half the work? Yes, please!

Cleansing Drink Recipes

Cleansing recipes - a mason jar of fruit and veggie juice

This juice recipe shows you how to create your own blend of therapeutic veggies and tasty fruits without a juicer. Get creative and whip up some new favorite blends while also cleaning out your system.

Cleansing recipes - two cups of healing ginger turmeric lemon tea

Ginger, honey and lemon combine with spices to create an anti-inflammatory hot drink that helps to boost your immune system. Perfect if you are fighting a cold or want to soothe a sore throat.

Cleansing recipes - a glass of chia fresca with lemons around it

This genius recipe is basically a deconstructed Vietnamese summer roll. So, all the flavor with less than half the work? Yes, please!

Cleansing recipes - three glasses of fruit infused water

If you normally drink vitamin water, soda, of juice, why not try switching it up this year for homemade fruit-infused water? It's cheaper, healthier, and more beautiful, and you can create any combination of fruits and herbs you want. These recipes are also great for getting kids to drink more water!

Cleansing recipes - pomegranate mint holiday detox drink

This simple, festive drink is the perfect cleansing treat to kick off the new year, especially if you overindulged during the holidays. (Who didn't?)

Cleansing recipes - alkalising morning juice

Packed with spinach, cucumbers, lemon, ginger, and apples, this alkalizing morning juice is an energizing kickstart to your day, perfect for those sluggish winter mornings. 

Cleansing recipes - mint lemonade

This refreshing Middle Eastern drink can be served over ice or blended for a thicker, smoothie-like texture. Either way, the combination of mint and lemon is a tasty way to complete your cleansing meals.

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