The world doesn't need another detox green smoothie recipe.
We all know they're good for us. They look healthy. They even smell healthy. They definitely taste healthy. No, the last thing this world needs is another $15 Green-Goddess Hold-Your-Nose-And-Sip Detox Smoothie.
What the world needs is more tacos.
An apparent oxymoron, Detox Tacos are the Next Big Thing. Or rather, they will be the Next Big Thing - once The People uncover the true potential behind their humble taco.
What constitutes a "Detox Taco?" I'm glad you asked.
Broccoli sprouts contain up to 100 times more antioxidants than most cruciferous vegetables, like their more mature counterpart broccoli. Sulforaphane, one of the most potent antioxidants, induces the creation of enzymes that enhance your body's ability to expel pollutants, carcinogens, and other toxins. In recent studies, daily consumption of broccoli sprouts increased the rate of excretion of airborne pollutants by 61 percent.
Cauliflower and Red Cabbage
Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage contain a phytonutrient called I3C (indole-3-carbinol), known to stimulate detoxifying enzymes in the gut and liver. Cauliflower and cabbage also boost the detoxifying effects of turmeric when paired.
Turmeric and Cilantro
Both this spice and herb are natural heavy metal chelating agents, meaning they help remove and reduce the formation of heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic. Studies show that the detoxifying and cancer-fighting compounds found in turmeric are rendered even more potent when combined with cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower and cabbage. Turmeric is also fat-soluble (meaning it dissolves in fat) so it's more absorbable when paired with a fat source, like the avocado oil or cilantro lime sauce. Cilantro, an herb rich in chlorophyll (the green pigment found in plants), also increases the body’s ability to carry oxygen, improving circulation and elimination.
Garlic and Onions
Just like cruciferous vegetables, alliums like garlic and onions contain sulfur, which activates liver detoxification enzymes. Raw garlic is also an antimicrobial, containing 39 different antibacterial agents that kill off bacteria and prevent infection.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV has been studied as an effective treatment to both skin and intestinal infections. Because it is fermented, it's also a source of probiotics (good bacteria), supporting a healthy gut microbiome. ACV has also been shown to help break up mucus and clear out sinuses, regulate blood sugar levels, and boost the immune system.
Pumpkin seeds have long been used in remedies for intestinal parasites, and tapeworms in particular. Pumpkin seeds contain a type of amino acid that paralyzes the parasites, causing them to loosen their grip and become easier to expel from the body. Not the most appetizing of visuals when chowing down your detox taco, but alas, there you have it.
Bredesen Protocol Approved
Plant Paradox Approved
1 Head of Cauliflower
3 Tbs Avocado Oil
1 tsp Turmeric
1/2 c Red Cabbage, Chopped
1/2 Red Onion, Chopped
1/2 c Broccoli Sprouts
2 Tbs Pumkin Seeds
Optional: 1 Avocado, 1/2 Lime
Cilantro Lime Sauce
1 Bunch Cilantro
1/2 c Olive Oil
2-3 Cloves Raw Garlic
1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Juice of 1/2 Lime
* You may use a different brand of compliant tortillas, or make your own
Makes 2 Tacos
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or coat with avocado oil.
Chop the cauliflower into small florets and place in a large bowl. Add the turmeric and 2 tablespoons of avocado oil. Mix until all cauliflower florets are lightly coated.
Equally distribute the florets on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and flip the florets over. Place back in the oven and bake another 15 minutes, or until golden.
While the cauliflower is in the oven, place the chopped onion and 1 tablespoon of avocado oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent (about 3-5 minutes). Add the red cabbage and cook another 3-5 minutes, or until it begins to wilt. Remove from heat.
To make the cilantro lime sauce, add all of the ingredients to a blender and pulse until pureed. For a thinner texture, add water, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
Optionally, warm up your tortillas on a skillet.
To assemble your tacos: spread a spoonful of cilantro lime sauce on the bottom layer of the tortilla. Then, add the cabbage and onion mixture; next, add a few cauliflower florets. Top it off with the broccoli sprouts and pumpkin seeds. Optionally, add a few slices of avocado, and squeeze some lime juice on top.