I wanted to do a cleanse for the New Year. But the only cleanse I’ve ever tried lasted a half day and I don’t think I’ll ever try the Master Cleanse again. I was going for something a little more pleasant this time. So I planned on doing a smoothie cleanse.
Here is my fantastic plan:
3 days of fruit/veggie smoothies plus a cooked healthy meal each day. Also, I get nuts for a snack if I’m hungry. What could be better?
- Surf Rider
Spinach, OJ, frozen strawberries, frozen mixed berries, frozen pineapples.
This is my all-time favorite smoothie. Can’t taste the veggies. It’s healthy and easy. I suppose I should try for all organic ingredients, but we’re doing baby steps here.
2. Crazy Sexy Goddess
“The avocado, cucumber, greens, and coconut water will shower your cells in alkalinizing goodness,” Carr says. “An alkaline inner environment helps your body’s systems operate optimally.”
1 cup blueberries
A fistful of kale or romaine or spinach
Coconut water (or purified water)
Stevia, to taste, and/or a sprinkle of cinnamon or some cacao (optional)
*If desired, use coconut meat, raw almond butter, or nut milk in place of avocado. You can also add superfoods like cacao (to taste) and/or 1 to 2 tablespoons of E3Live.
IN a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.
Source: Kris Carr, Crazy Sexy Kitchen
3. Blended Zen From Lacyyoung.com
• 1 Ripe Avocado
• 1 Cucumber
• GIANT handful of Spinach
• 1 Banana, *Frozen
• 1 Pear, *Frozen
• 1 Cup Coconut Milk
• 1/2 Cup Coconut Water
• 1 Teaspoon Honey (if desired)
Here is a great link to all sorts of smoothies at Prevention.com
The best ideas I found were from this Superhero for a gentle cleanse.
I loved how gentle the whole thing is, with snacks and a real meal. Water is the answer to the problems of the universe. At least that’s roughly how Anne Lamott put it. So drink lots of water. Always.
For a day or two before the cleanse, Andrea Scher at superherolife.com says eat less or cut out:
Highly refined or processed foods
For healthy meal ideas while you’re having your super healthy cleansing post-holiday week, I found these two amazing looking meals at lacyyoung.com:
• 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks, approx 1″
• 1 large onion, chopped – I used sweet onion, but red would work well
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper, to taste
• 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
• 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 (14oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
• red bell pepper, chopped
peel & chop sweet potatoes. Place with onions on baking sheet then drizzle with a Tbs olive oil. Toss with hands, sprinkle salt & pepper. Bake 30 min at 400 F. Stir halfway thru to ensure even cooking. Remove from oven when golden and keep warm on covered baking sheet.
Dressing: mix 2 Tbs olive oil, salt, garlic, fresh lime juice, cilantro & cumin in small bowl.
Toss roasted sweet potatoes, onions, black beans in large bowl then pour dressing in and mix well. Best served warm.
Makes about 4 servings
PRINT Recipe from withstyleandgraceblog.com
• 1/2 cup white (original) quinoa
• 1/2 cup red quinoa
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 3 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice or lime juice
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 3/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
• 6-8 scallions, white part and light green sections, finely chopped
• 1 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
• 1 cup cucumber, diced
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
So far, I’m still in the planning stage of my cleanse. I’m warming up. I’m making smoothies, but I have to go grocery shopping for more ingredients. Also, I didn’t want to start until after my girls night out tonight.
I have this weird mental thing. When I start doing something quite a bit healthier than usual, I sort of need to blow it up a little too. So yesterday I took my boys on a bike ride … to McDonald’s. I bought the first happy meal of my life. I had a bite of their burgers and it tasted like flavored plastic, even the pickle was gross. Then we kept riding, to 7-Eleven. And we got Slurpees. That’s kind of like a smoothie, right? What’s wrong with me?
It’s like that when I first start running or exercising again. If I go on a great jog, I later have to balance that out with some wonderful dessert or four. It’s a mental thing. I’ll forgive myself for this and just continue to try and make the healthiest choices more often.