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Your Vegan Detox Diet, Sorted! 34 Detox Recipes

By Lora O’Brien

I don’t know about you, but after indulging in sweet treats and cocktails over the holidays, by New Year’s Day I’m ready to make some serious changes in my eating and drinking habits. Yep, that’s right – I’m talking about a detox diet. And I’m doing one right now.

But what is a ‘detox diet’, you ask? Well, great question. It can be defined in different ways, but for the sake of this article, it’s basically one that shuns the typical ‘toxic’ foods we all eat: sugar, salt, fried foods, white flour, red meat, dairy, alcohol, and artificial ingredients of any kind. These foods can irritate your gut, strain your liver, lower your immunity and make your body feel sluggish in general. Time to clean up, especially in winter, when your body in need of heightened defences.

But you don’t need a rigid, set ‘diet plan’ to get your body back on track; all you need to do is basically choose a healthy smoothie, juice or chia pudding for breakfast; a salad or soup for lunch, and a healthy roll or bowl for dinner. Done!

I’ve found a bunch of clean, green vegan recipes from beetroot juice for breakie to Buddha Bowls for dinner that will take you through a great detox regime for at least a week. Mix and match, choose your favourites and eat as much as you like – it’s pretty hard to get fat while you’re getting clean.

Here’s to your health – a great new you and a great new year!

Breakfast – Drinks and Bowls

It’s essential to start the day by rehydrating. This could be with a juice, tea, smoothie or a turmeric latte. Drink as much as you like! Feeling hungry? Fill up with a smoothie bowl or a chia pudding.

1. Chia Fruit Water

We all know by now that hydration is crucial for great skin and energy. When you wake up tired, before reaching for the caffeine, try and drink a glass of water and see if it perks you up – after sleeping when our bodies ‘fast’ we need to replenish our water supply first thing in the morning and some fresh, fruity water is a great way to start the day feeling awake and ready to go – but of course, you can (and should!) sip this all day long, too.

Get the recipe here

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2. Turmeric Latte

Sometimes, it’s not just the caffeine we crave from our morning latte -it’s the rich creaminess. And this recipe has it in spades. It’s super simple to make, and even better, it’s super healthy, as turmeric not only detoxes the blood, but reduces inflammation in the body, too.

Get the recipe here.

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3. Ginseng & Ginger Cleansing Tea

A nice, hot herbal tea is such a great way to detox the body. I’ve consumed a helluva lot of caffeine over the holidays so I’m looking for ways to try and wean myself off the black tea and coffee, so I was happy to see this cleansing recipe. It’s so easy to make your own tea; you quite literally have to get everything ready and then throw it in with some hot water and allow it to do its thing. This recipe calls for honey but you can switch this for agave syrup – or no sweetener – to keep it vegan friendly.

Get the recipe here

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4. Crimson Detox Juice

This is one juice you won’t need a fancy blender to make – you can make this beautiful beet juice with a blender and some cheesecloth. And it’s super detoxifying as well as really pretty. Beetroot is great for our liver, and works to filter out all those horrid toxins and help the liver to cleanse itself. Some aren’t too enamoured with the taste of beets, but don’t worry about this tasting too earthy – the blood oranges and pomegranate here add a little variety and sweetness and you can add water or a bit of apple juice to suit your taste preference.

Get the recipe here

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5. Lemon Detox Drink

I highly recommend starting every day with lemon water; it’s so refreshing, and is an easy and effective way to detox the body. If you’ve ever added lemon water to your daily routine, then you’ll know of the benefits it has for your skin and overall health. Your face will be glowing, and you’ll be more energised. Lemon water helps the increase the production of collagen, makes the body less acidic, and slows down signs of ageing. So when life gives you lemons . . . you’re going to look and feel pretty damn good.

Get the recipe here

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6. Clean Machine Cleansing Juice

Just seeing a green juice makes me feel better. After a month of cocktails and rich food, my body is crying out for some serious nutrients, and nothing feels better than drinking a green juice. You can literally feel the goodness just flooding through your body with every sip. This concoction is sweet from the apple and super green from spinach and burdock root, whereas the addition of ginger gives a slight spicy edge.

Get the recipe here

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7. Banana & Pineapple Smoothie

This smoothie looks like sunshine in a glass, am I right? That bright, vibrant yellow just has you feeling great before you’ve even sipped on this. And the best part is that it’s packed full of greens, but the pineapple hides it. This recipe includes Greek yogurt, but to detox and make it vegan, you can easily switch this for either soy or coconut yogurt.

Get the recipe here

8. Detox Green Monster Smoothie

This smoothie will have you well and truly ready to take on the day ahead of you, and it’s flexible: if you’re getting back into the gym, for example, why not throw in a scoop or vegan protein powder? If not, you could always add some soy or coconut yogurt to make it a little more filling and nutritious.

Get the recipe here

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9. Mango Detox Smoothie

This recipe just goes to show how easy it is to throw together a smoothie. Even if you’re limited for time, you can make this super quick. And with just four ingredients, it won’t take long until you’re sipping on a glass of goodness. So, what goes into it? Kale, mango, orange juice with a little sprig of mint for a fresh twist.

Get the recipe here

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10. Choco-Raspberry Smoothie

Because sometimes we just need some chocolate – and when it’s healthy dark choco, we don’t need to feel guilty. This is another super easy recipe; just raspberries, almond milk and grated dark chocolate. If you don’t any have chocolate on hand you can simply use cacao powder, packing this full of antioxidants and a superfood boost!

Get the recipe here

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11. Green Smoothie Bowl

Let’s transition from the smoothies to something a bit more filling – a smoothie bowl! These can be turned into both a filling and nutritious breakfast thanks to the addition of lavishly textured toppings, be they crunchy nuts and seeds, chewy granola or creamy banana slices.

Get the recipe here

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12. Exotic Fruity Mermaid Smoothie Bowl

How magical does this smoothie bowl look? I know what you’re thinking: that blue certainly doesn’t look natural. But never fear: this smoothie bowl 100% clean, and that brilliant shade of Smurf blue comes from the spirulina. Who couldn’t be happy eating food this vibrant and delicious?

Get the recipe here

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13. Superfood Green Smoothie Bowl

I think we all need a fail-safe go-to smoothie recipe in our repertoire, and if you don’t already have one then you should write this one down. It contains an abundance of greens from the kale and spinach and that creamy texture comes from the avocado, which also gives this smoothie a boost of healthy fatty acids. But if you think you’ll be eating a blended salad, fear not, lovelies – there are sweet strawberries and bananas blended in as well making this super thick and deliciously creamy.

Get the recipe here

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14. Chia Seed Berry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

I like to eat pretty food. When food looks good, you just enjoy it all the more, don’t you think? When I see a smoothie this bright I just know that there are lots of berries mixed into it, and the brilliant thing about using them as a base is that if you don’t have fresh ones on hand – just throw in some frozen berries instead. The creaminess comes from both the coconut milk and banana.  Toppings? Chia seeds and extra berries are always a winner but I’d also add some coconut slices, chopped nuts and granola.

Get the recipe here

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15. Easy Chia Pudding Recipe

1 to 3. That’s all you need to know in terms of how to make a great chia seed pudding – just add 3T of chia seeds to 1c of almond, soya or coconut milk to create the perfect chia pudding base. From there, you can add whatever you like: berries, banana slices, pureed fruit, cereals, seeds, nuts, you name it. I personally like to layer pudding with bee’s pollen mixed with granola and fruit puree. Next on my list? I’m going to try persimmons and pomegranate seeds, below.

Get the recipe here.

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Lunch – Soups and Salads

Ok – we’ve sorted your detox breakfasts out for you – just start out with a hydrating juice or smoothie, and chow down on a smoothie bowl or chia pudding, and your’e done. But what about lunch? Soup is the idea detox food, and these sure as heck needn’t be watery and flavourless. I’ve included plenty of thick, creamy recipes here to ensure you’re feeling both full and nourished.

“Salads?”, you’re saying. “What a bore!” Allow me to politely refute. The salads I chose here are absolutely packed with flavours, thanks to a wide variety of ingredients and textures, as well as some super-savoury dressings. You’ll find it hard to believe these are actually detoxifying!

16. Coconut Green Soup with Celery, Kale & Ginger

Let me show you how to get your greens in a more savoury way. You can use spinach if kale isn’t to hand – in fact, any dark, leafy green will do. This soup is rich and creamy, thanks to the coconut milk. You could even puree some cashew nuts and throw them in as well. The best part? Garnishing the top with crunchy toppings and drizzling it with coconut milk to give this soup some textural variety.

Get the recipe here

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17. Gut Healing Veggie Broth

Broth is great for keeping our guts nice and healthy. And whilst many are under the illusion that only bone broth gives our body goodness, it’s simply not true – miso and other vegan options do the trick as well. If you have any food intolerances or IBS, this will contribute to healing your stomach lining and providing you with plentiful vitamins and minerals. Make this broth and sip on it in front of a movie and let it works its magic!

Get the recipe here

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18. Turmeric Broth Detox Soup

This healthy turmeric broth is a real superstar. Not only is turmeric super great for cleansing the body and boosting immunity, but it’s also packed with powerful antioxidants, which is great news for giving a little TLC back to our livers. Make this broth as the base of this recipe, and then throw in whichever ingredients tickle your pickle, but I highly recommend some greens like kale and some legumes like white beans.

Get the recipe here

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19. Sweet Potato Detox Soup

Not only does this soup look warm and inviting, it’s the perfect go-to soup to help detox the sins of the holidays away from your body. This sweet potato based soup is packed with vitamin A and fiber and the red lentils and crunchy nut toppings bulk it up so it won’t feel like you’re drinking your dinner as opposed to eating something substantial.

Get the recipe here

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20. Cleansing Vegetable Soup

This cleansing soup will surely put a spring back into your step. This soup is packed full of nutrition with a range of different textures, from the crunchy cauliflower and kale to the creamy white beans, which also give it a protein hit. Shirataki noodles have been added to this but you can feel free to add whichever rice or whole wheat noodles you fancy – or even try courgette noodles.

Get the recipe here

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21. Healing Carrot Soup with Turmeric & Ginger

Soups are packed with so many beneficial and nutritious ingredients, and of course its a bonus that it will keep you warm against the cold weather. The veggies here are slowly simmered over a low heat maintaining their nutrition, which your body will more easily digest when eating. The roasted carrots are mixed with garlic and then spiced with a little ginger. And that delicious, bright colour? Turmeric, once again! In fact, all the spices in this one-bowl wonder will seriously boost your immunity. Goodbye, winter colds and flu!

Get the recipe here

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22. Healthy Tomato, Chickpea & Spinach Salad

If you’re tired of soups and want to chew something with a lot of crunch, a good salad is the solution. This salad takes very little time to make – all you have to do is chop the veggies and then throw them all together with a dressing based on olive oil, lemon and balsamic vinegar. This is a really light and refreshing dish which, thanks to the chickpeas, will be more filling than you initially think.

Get the recipe here

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23. Quinoa Superfood Salad

Superfood salads have been a go-to dish for a while now, and for good reason: they’re jam packed with so much goodness, and they truly do keep you full and energised. I used to go into a health cafe and pay almost £12 for a salad exactly like this, and then I thought: why am I not making this at home? If you store your quinoa salad in a mason jar, it’s super easy to take it with you to work or pack for a school lunch.

Get the recipe here

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24. Super Green Detox Salad

Sometimes the beauty of a salad is its simplicity, and this recipe is a good example. Almost everything in this recipe is green, even the dressing. This is a dish you can literally throw together and eat on the go or make it for lunch. There are lots of fresh ingredients, like cucumbers and bell peppers mixed with leafy greens and hemp seeds, but what I adore here is the dressing – it’s avocado based and super creamy.

Get the recipe here

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25. The Best Shredded Kale Salad

The crucial step when making this salad is to finely chop the kale fine. This way the lemon and garlic dressing will coat each piece of kale, infusing it with lemony-garlic flavours. The topping in this is a delicious and innovative pecan Parmesan, and with a sprinkle of sweetening cranberries, this salad boasts a range of flavours and textures.

Get the recipe here

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26. Detox Salad with Cilantro-Tahini Dressing

For me the best part of a salad is the dressing, a cilantro-tahini blend mixed with lemon and garlic. You can either add it on top of your salad or massage the entire salad so that it’s more evenly coated. Either way, you’ll never buy salad dressing again!

Get the recipe here

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27. Glowing Skin Salad

We all know that what we eat shows on the outside, and this salad is crafted to give our skin just what it needs look beautiful and glowing. This recipe provides us with Omega-6 and Omega-3 – two key fats that our bodies can’t produce, but need for great skin, hair and nails. We can get these from the avocado, flax, olive oil and hemp seeds here.

Get the recipe here

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Dinner: Bowls and Rolls

It’s easy to make hearty, detoxifying meals. The key to a banging dinner is variety – and that’s why I added a bunch of bowls here; by definition, the ‘Buddha Bowl’ is packed with a number of different tastes and textures. But here too are some lighter rolls you could serve with one of the salads or soups above, and a few nutritious one-pot meals that are easy to make and freeze for later.

28. Kale Power Bowl with Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Avocado Sauce

I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and whip up this bowl again. The smoky and slightly spicy sweet potatoes go so well with the salad, beans and avocado sauce. With so many flavours and textures, this recipe just goes to show how delicious a plant based diet can be. It’s a good idea to prep all the ingredients in advance and saving them in the fridge, perhaps doubling the yield  so you can put this bowl together for dinner for several days in a row.

Get the recipe here

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29. Teriyaki Tofu Bowls

If you’re thinking ‘tofu – eww!’ then think again. For ages now tofu has gained gga really bad reputation for being that bland, boring food that vegans live on. And yeah, eating a raw chunk is kinda yuk. But it can indeed be yummy, too – it’s basically a flavour sponge, so the best way to enjoy it is to either marinate it or coat it in spices and shallow grill it till it’s slightly crispy on the outside. The marinade in this recipe is super easy to make and teriyaki based, which is so delicious – I even added some to the bed of quinoa, too.

Get the recipe here

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30. Cleansing Sushi Rolls with Spicy Kale & Green Vegetables

If you’re looking to detox but don’t fancy eating salads, why not make these cleansing sushi rolls? They’re substantial and filling and so good for your body. These don’t have rice or quinoa in them but are instead made up purely from green goodness, making them a truly detoxing dish. Don’t get the idea that these are at all bland – the vegan mayonnaise and hot sauce add a fab little twist.

Get the recipe here

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31. Detox Veggie Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Who doesn’t love a good spring roll? Or should I say ‘fresh roll’, since spring rolls are normally fried. Not so these detox rolls, which are packed with veggies and come with a tasty peanut sauce for dipping. My only alteration to this concoction would be the addition of loads of cilantro, thanks to its seriously detoxifying properties – it basically leaches out heavy metals from the body.

Get the recipe here.

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32. Quinoa Mushroom ‘Risotto’

Are you starving? Like, really hungry? Good! Detoxing doesn’t have to mean suffering. Eat loads – just eat clean. This quinoa mushroom risotto is super filling, fully vegan, and rich in protein. You can serve it up as it is, or hollow out some squashes and stuff them with this to make a truly satisfying meal.

Get the recipe here.

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33. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

It goes without saying that any recipe here won’t have meat. So, you ask, how can you make a shepherd’s pie without it? It’s actually pretty easy: with a variety of garden veggies and kidney beans, all topped off with a creamy sweet potato mash. Yum!

Get the recipe here.

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34. Spicy Tofu Veg Kababs

Creamy, spicy, healthy. This recipe has it all. Whilst the winter vegetables are quite filling and the spicy baked tofu adds some protein, I would personally love to serve this up with some brown rice, moistened with a bit of the extra vegan sauce and a dash of lemon juice. Oh, and some extra coriander. You know I love that stuff!

Get the recipe here.

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