Kick-off your Lenten fast or any fast by cleansing the body from the inside out
Restore your inner health by feeding and nourishing your body with healthy nutrients, fruits and vegetables, as well as herbs, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Find delicious fruit and vegetables recipes online in the “Living Well” section of your neighborhood Ctown Supermarket in the Bronx. Recipes / Circular. Or visit a Vegan Restaurant in the Bronx and try some spicy Caribbean dishes. Find listing below. New York Vegan Restaurants click here.
A tasty healthy trend for a detox cleanse is the Raw Foods Diet
This is basically an uncooked vegan diet and a healthier plan for any one giving up meat for Lent. A vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, seaweed (delicious!), nuts, seeds, grains and excludes meat, dairy products and eggs. The rule of thumb is to “eat a rainbow”. The more colorful the food is on your plate, the healthier the meal. Fruits and vegetables contain essential minerals and nutrients like Vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium, fiber and are low in sodium. It’s always better to follow a healthy diet program than to haphazardly eliminate any nutritious items from your diet. Try to eat the 7 colors of the rainbow and 7 colors of fruits or vegetables on your plate at each meal; (red, dark green, yellow, blue, purple, white and orange). Don’t be dismayed by this amount. A banana, apple and orange together equal approximately 3 ounces. Find a Raw Food detox cleanse diet plan that you can customize to your health goals in “Raw Food Cleanse: Restore Health and Lose Weight by Eating Delicious, All-Natural Foods – Instead of Starving Yourself” by Penni Shelton Reviews: Readers gave 4.5 out of 5 stars. You might even lose a few pounds while you’re at it too.
Remember to do your best to consume four or five cups of fruits and vegetables each day. Based on age and daily activity level men should eat 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of veggies if they are fairly active and for women 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables. Or up to 13 half cup (6 1/2 cups) servings a day according to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Don’t let this amount overwhelm you. 6 1/2 cups is approximately a half plate of fruits and vegetables at each meal based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Do your best to add them day by day then meal by meal. You can find a very useful chart at “Toolbox for Community Educators”.
Vitamins and Juicing
To remain in good health during a fast, add a vitamin supplement to your diet. Since your embarking on this period of a healthier body and soul, juicing is another way to add variety to your fast. It’s a good source of Raw Food, an excellent way to meet the recommended daily allowances for fruits and vegetables and can boost your energy too. Try the best juicer on the market for all your juicing recipes: Hamilton Beach 67650 Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor by Hamilton Beach Consumer Reports: rated this juicer the best on the market read more Reviews: Customers gave juicer 4 out of 5 stars
Bronx Vegan Restaurants
Your meatless fast may encourage you to venture out to a vegan restaurant for dinner. Here is a list of Vegan restaurants in the Bronx that have take out too:
- Vegan Delight – 3565 Boston Road, Bronx, NY 10469, (718) 653-4140 Map / Directions, Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8am- 6:30pm, Cuisine:Vegetarian, Caribbean- Jamaican, Juice Bar, Health Food Store with groceries and vitamin supplements Review: “Delicious Jamaican vegetarian food with all the spices.” – Satisfied Customer
- Him Ital Restaurant – 754 Burke Avenue, Bronx, NY 10467-6612, (718) 653-9627 Map / Directions, Hours: 10am-9pm,Cuisine:Vegetarian, Caribbean- Rastafarite, Reviews: 75% of Urban Spooners like it!
- Katashe’s Vegetarian Health – 1312 East Gun Hill Road, NY 10469-3056, (718) 231-9885, Map / Directions, Cuisine:Vegetarian, Caribbean- Rastafarite
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