One of my (many) new year’s resolutions was to start the year healthy. Total clean slate healthy. Goodbye extra holiday weight healthy. Making a conscientious effort to eat clean and detox my body healthy. Yep. It was time for a serious overhaul. Reversing the damage from the many holiday parties, cookie swaps and celebratory cocktails was priority numero uno.
Embarking on a clean eating journey, however, isn’t always easy. If you’re anything like me, you wish someone would just lay out a daily roadmap of what to eat and when, taking all of the guess work out of it. So, that’s exactly what I did. I invested in an Ultimate Reset to take 21-days to focus on my health and detox safely. Now, this isn’t a sponsored post and I’m not endorsing the product, I’m just letting you know what I chose to do that works for me. I love lists and plans and following a regimen. It’s my best chance at being successful and remaining undeterred. The Ultimate Reset gave me the tools and recipes I needed to successfully make three weeks on a “cleanse” happen without stress (ok, there’s always a little stress) and feeling absolutely starved. Plus if I wanted to do it again I could incorporate some extra supplements like nano milk thistle glutathione, and i’d have a good number of recipes in mind ahead of schedule.
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I’ve posted a few of the dishes on Instagram and you asked me to share them here with you, which I was so happy to do! I’m posting my favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes from the program so you can mix a little clean eating into your daily routine as well.
B R E A K F A S T
FARINA WITH APPLES, WALNUTS + MAPLE
Farina, for those unfamiliar, is identical to Cream of Wheat. It’s a wheat cereal, rich in iron and calcium that has a high protein content while being low calorically. Starting your day with a warm cereal like this will help keep you feeling full and resisting sweet cravings throughout the day. Make sure you’re adding syrup that has pure maple syrup as the only ingredient. Pass on anything with high fructose corn syrup and instead opt to give your body a natural dose of sweetness and a boost of antioxidants.
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 Tbsp farina cereal
- 1/2 medium green apple, diced
- 3 Tbsp chopped walnuts
- 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- Bring water to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add farina; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Place farina in small bowl and top with apples, walnuts, and pure maple syrup.
L U N C H
ZUCCHINI + CASHEW SOUP
I absolutely fell in love with this zucchini cashew soup. Take one bite and you’d never guess there’s not a drop of cream in it. It’s flavorful, velvety, and made from just three ingredients. Easy as can be, this gives you no excuse not to try something vitamin-rich and totally delicious. I recommend garnishing with fresh dill – or even blending some in with the soup – it’s the perfect compliment to these flavors and brings a fabulous brightness to the finish.
- 1 oz raw cashews
- 1 ½ water, divided
- 1 ½ medium zucchinis, cut into chunks
- Fresh dill, to garnish
- Himalyan salt or Bragg Liquid Aminos, to taste
- Soak cashews in ½ cup water for 1 hour.
- While cashews are soaking, bring 1 cup water to boil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add zucchini, cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Drain. Set aside.
- Place cashews with water, zucchini, salt (if desired) in a blender or food processor.
- Blend until smooth.
- Heat soup, if desired, in a medium saucepan over medium heat; stirring frequently for 4 to 5 minutes.
D I N N E R
This looks fun, right? Imparting a little lightheartedness into your healthy regimen ensures the food won’t send you on a trip to Snoozeville. Try a ‘meatless Monday’s’ sushi night the next time you want to jam pack a bunch of amazing veggies into your weeknight. Pick any variety of vegetables you like, and maybe watch a YouTube video on sushi rolling before trying it yourself for the first time. And, when all else fails, you can always make a sushi bowl instead.
- ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 sheet nori seaweed
- ? cup cooked brown rice
- ¼ medium avocado, sliced
- ¼ medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
- ¼ cucumber, cut into thin strips
- Nori Gomasio, to taste (find at Whole Foods)
- Place nori on bamboo mat, top with rice.
- Top with avocado, carrot and cucumber.
- Sprinkle nori gomasio, if desired.
- Roll up from bottom, being careful not to tear nori.
- Wet end of nori to seal; cut into six slices.
These three dishes can easily be a full day’s worth of clean eating, or pop them here and there into your week when you feel like things are getting a little too gluttonous. Just always remember being in the kitchen should be fun, have a good time with these recipes and make them your own. Enjoy!