The buzz words for this year are detox and cleanse! If you are jump starting your system this year, these Cleansing Cucumber Rolls will fit the bill perfectly.
Who isn’t detoxing or cleansing these days?
People have all kinds of methods of rebooting their internal systems. One of my favorite ways is to combine real, whole foods with organic cleansing systems. I have done a 7 day detox and a 21 day detox and feel AMAZING after booth – but the key is to continue with the clean foods after your stricter detox period ends. Right now I’m mixing some herbal cleanse products along with fresh lemon and raw apple cider vinegar in warm water each morning, followed up by a green smoothie of filtered water, raw kale, citrus and a greens product that has organic dried mushrooms for increased vitamin D, improved immune function, as well as weight management.
One thing to keep in mind - if you are in it for the weight loss you’re doing it for the wrong reason.
Doing something for temporary weight loss is never sustainable. Make the decision to cleanse and eat healthy so you feel better. The weight loss will come along with it, and you won’t be stressing about every pound. In fact, I don’t even weigh myself any more. I simply notice difference in sleep, energy, and as an added benefit, my clothes are a bit looser.
Which foods are the most cleansing? There are so many! Here are my top 10 and why.
Lemon: Aids in breaking up built up toxins so your body can flush them away. Clears digestive tract.
Chia: Acts like a sponge, sucking up acid and toxins and scrubbing your intestines. Use organic chia grown along the equator that has been opened for highest nutrient content and absorption. My favorite pick!
RAW Apple Cider Vinegar: Natural cleansing and healing properties. Antibiotic and antiseptic. Alkalizes the body.
Garlic: Used in traditional medicine to cleanse colon and liver.
Greens: Super high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and nutrients. Scrubs intestines of junk and makes you glow!
Red Bell Pepper: One of the most powerful sources of Carotenoids and Vitamin C on the planet. Has fiber and nutrients to help fuel the body’s natural cleansing functions.
Pink and Red Grapefruit: Ranks among the highest in antioxidant content. May slow the progression of atherosclerosis. High in Limonin which is a cancer fighter. Clears digestive tract.
Cayenne Pepper: Stimulates circulation and neutralizes acidity. My grandfather used to drink two teaspoons in water every morning (among other macrobiotic regimens) and lived for over 25 years with ALS. Coincidence?
Cucumber: Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. High water content to flush toxins.
Broccoli: Cleansing for the liver
These Cucumber rolls are perfect to go along with your cleansing regimen!
They are light, crisp, raw and satisfying – the hint of lemon gives it a perfect balance of acid and carrots add a bit of sweetness. Use any kind of hummus you like – even a raw one made from soaked cashews.
Cleansing Cucumber Rolls
Makes 8 Rolls, or 2 Servings of 4 Rolls Each
Vegan, Gluten Free
1 cucumber, sliced thinly lengthwise
2 carrots, chopped into matchsticks
1/2 cup sunflower seed sprouts
1/2 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage (about 4 leaves)
3 Tbsp hummus (plus extra for dipping)
Sea salt (Optional)
Juice 1/2 lemon
1. Lay out each of 8 cucumber slices; divide evenly and layer the carrot, sprouts, and cabbage towards one end of each cucumber; spoon 1 teaspoon of hummus over the vegetables; sprinkle with sea salt if desired; roll cucumber slices around vegetables to make a roll; finish with a squeeze of lemon over all rolls.
Estimated Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 2.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 208.7 mg
Potassium 534.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.9 g
Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
Sugars 4.0 g
Protein 4.0 g
Vitamin A 158.7 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 12.2 %
Vitamin C 50.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.2 %
Calcium 6.3 %
Copper 10.4 %
Folate 14.3 %
Iron 7.5 %
Magnesium 11.3 %
Manganese 21.8 %
Niacin 6.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 5.6 %
Phosphorus 10.1 %
Riboflavin 6.4 %
Selenium 1.2 %
Thiamin 9.2 %
Zinc 6.4 %
*Percent Daily Values for Cleansing Cucumber Rolls are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.