This detox carrot slaw is an amazing way to support your bodies natural detox pathways! It’s made with real food ingredients and is a simple side dish to enjoy.

Detox has turned into such a spammy word. When we hear it, we think about detox tea, detox pills, radical cleanses, and just straight up unsafe practices. I’m always iffy about using the word in a recipe in fear that I’ll sound spammy too. However, supporting your natural detox pathways is possible with real, healthy foods like this recipe!

So, what have we got wrong about detox? Why does it sound so spammy?

What We’ve Got Wrong about the Word “Detox” & The Real Truth about Detox

Yes, it is something that your body naturally does

Just like our body breathes, blinks, and digests without us putting any extra thought into it, it also handles detoxification. It detoxes things like old hormones, dead skin cells, toxins, and more. Every time we go to the bathroom, sweat, or even sleep, we’re detoxing!

BUT, our detoxification can become impaired

I can not count the amount of meme’s that I have seen that talk about your liver already doing all of the detox work, so all other efforts are useless. I have no idea why in the world people think that it’s impossible for their liver to be burdened and detoxification process to become impaired. We admit that we can have sluggish digestion, a slow metabolism, and a whole host of other problems, but these meme’s claim that the liver is just immune to all of that. News flash… that’s so wrong.

Our detoxication system is so overburdened! Here are just a few things that burden it…

  • High blood sugar levels
  • Low-fat diets
  • Plastics, food additives, and other manmade materials
  • Poor digestion
  • Poor sleep
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor quality homecare and make up products

Just to name a few!


We can support our detoxification process naturally!

Just like you can support healthy digestion, healthy metabolism, and healthy sleep, you can support healthy detoxification! What are some of the ways you can do this?

Clean up your skincare, makeup, and household products

One of the most common ways that women add in extra toxins that burden their detoxification is with the products they use daily. Conventional makeup and skincare are loaded with dyes, heavy metals, and toxins that burden our system. That why I love being a part of Beautycounter so much! Beautycounter is safer skincare and makeup that leaves out the junk that burdens your detox pathways and is still high performing. I’ve loved switching over the beautycounter!

Regulate your blood sugar & support your liver function 

Our liver has over 500 jobs, and blood sugar regulation is a big one. You can support your liver by making sure your diet is balanced and lower in sugar to regulate your blood sugar.

Support your digestion & colon health

Elimination is one of the biggest ways we detox! Support healthy digestion for better detox and colon health.

Drink enough water!

Again, another huge way that we detox.


Moving our lymph and sweating is another great way to detox.

Eat naturally detoxifying foods 

Certain foods do help support the detox process, and this carrot slaw is packed with them!

Some more foods that support natural detox include…

  • High fiber foods (kale, brussels sprouts, etc.. anything that supports colon health!)
  • Bitter and sour foods (think apple cider vinegar, lemon, arugula, etc.)
  • Fermented foods
  • Beets (more on that below!)
  • Healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, etc.)

Examine potential heavy metal exposure. 

Way more people deal with this than they realize… myself included. You can read about my journey with mercury detox here. 

Work 1:1 with a doctor.  

This is SO important if you have long-standing detox and health issues. Everything listed here is generally good advice, but working one on one with a doctor to determine exactly what your detox pathways are doing is the only way to really address this effectively. I have a blog post on finding a good doctor here.

Why This Carrot Slaw Supports Detox


Carrots support estrogen detox

Carrots are loaded with fiber and specifically help to detox estrogen, which is a huge burden for many women with endocrine issues, autoimmunity, and hormone imbalance.

Beets support the healthy flow of bile

Apples and cucumber are hydrating

Lemon juice stimulates the liver


Where I learned About Carrot Slaw

I didn’t invent this carrot slaw… I just tweaked it! I first heard about apple, beet, carrot slaw (also known as ABC slaw) during my nutritional therapy training. I used it several times, and loved it! I made some adjustments and am bringing you that recipe here…

This is NOT a spammy detox recipe that you eat exclusively for 5 days and lose 5 lbs.

No. Just, no.

This is a yummy side dish that you can serve as a side or a snack when you’re wanting to give your liver a little love and get some extra veggies… that’s it! No gimmicks, just healthy food!

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Detox Carrot Slaw

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x


This detox carrot slaw is an amazing way to support your bodies natural detox pathways! It’s made with real food ingredients and is a simple side dish to enjoy.


  • 1.5 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup beets, shredded (I use a grater, but you can also use a food processor)
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries (I recommend these)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon


  1. Combine all of the veggies and fruits in a large bowl and mix.
  2. Prepare the dressing by whisking together olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Pour the dressing over the veggie slaw and mix to evenly coat.
  4. Chill for 15-25 minutes. Serve chilled and enjoy!


All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Category: side
  • Method: chilled
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 258
  • Fat: 19.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.1g
  • Fiber: 5.2g
  • Protein: 2.2g

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