Chemical Reaction: Morning Detox

This is a feel-good eating plan with a difference: it’s about chemicals, not calories. These meals are designed to cleanse your system, build strength and fire your body’s pleasure receptors. It’s happy health, on a plate.


Phase one: Cleanse

Pesticides, artificial substances in food, medicine, smog and, of course, alcohol are all responsible for a build up of toxins in our bodies. Although you can’t avoid these bad guys completely, you can give your system the tools to help process them. Clean your pipes the chemical way with this detoxifying breakfast bowl.

Containing six of your five-a-day, and packed with nutrients which ensure optimum liver function and healthy digestion, it’s the quickest way to a fresh start. Stage one of your chemical day begins here. Just add milk.



Six-a-day muesli by Allan Pickett, head chef at Plateau Restaurant

1 grapefruit, segmented
1 apple, chopped
Handful of blueberries
80g seedless grapes
80g cherries, pitted
20g oats
5g flaxseed
Seeds from ½ pomegranate
1tsp bee pollen
Milk to taste
Pinch of cinnamon


  1. Place the segmented grapefruit pieces in a blender with the chopped apple, blueberries, seedless grapes and half of the cherries. Blitz briefly until you are left with a coarse, chunky pulp.
  2. Mix oats and flaxseed in a bowl and pour over the fruit pulp. Add the remainder of the cherries, pomegranate seeds and bee pollen, then add milk to your desired consistency. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top and tuck in.


The benefits

  • Pomegranate: Detoxes the colon. Its alkaline properties neutralise excess stomach acids to promote healthy digestion and excretion.
  • Bee pollen: Contains a powerful dose of vitamins and amino acids and consists of up to 35% protein to support your muscles.
  • Grapefruit: Rich in limonoids, which stimulate the liver and process toxins by improving the body’s alkalinity. Particularly good at reducing any harmful effects caused by pesticides.
  • Flaxseed: Contains omega-3 fatty acids, improving cognitive processes in the brain for a sharp mental start to the morning (whatever you were up to the night before).
  • Cherries: A serious punch of anthocyanidin and potassium, fights inflammation of all the internal organs and reduces toxic stress on your joints.
  • Apples: The soluble fibre pectin wakes up your digestion, taking good care of last night’s meal. Apples also contain a healthy quota of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.



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