This January I started off my new year quite different. Usually it's ramping up my running, getting ready for a summer of running and races. This year is a little different as I am still getting over an over use injury from my marathon. So, I decided I would try a cleanse.
No, not a starving cleanse! In fact it took me talking with my neighbor who was about to do it, and my old boss and friend in Chicago, to decide this was for me.
The diet has PLENTY of food, just very different from how I normally eat. Along with some supplements to "clean" your body. It is supposed to give you more energy, and just feel better over all.
You would think with as much running as I do that I would have loads of energy...not so much. So we will see if this helps.
I thought I did good with my fruits and veggies... well boy was I wrong! Never has my fridge been so full of produce, and have yet to have anything go bad!
As to not bore you with the rest of the details, (as my cousin Melissa stated) I wanted to share some of the recipes I've had so far, cause they are so delish! And so good for you!
Some of the ingredients you can find in a whole foods section of the grocery store, or go to a whole foods type of a market.
1 Large zucchini, cut into chunks and steamed
1/4 cup of cashews
Himalayan Salt, or Bragg Liquid Aminos (to taste)
Herbal seasoning to taste
Steamed veggies(optional for a chunky soup)
Soak cashews in enough water to cover for 1 hour, then drain.
combine cashews, zucchini, salt or Aminos, and seasonings in blender and mix until smooth, adding water, or coconut milk as needed for desired consistency. Pour into a sauce pan and reheat gently, but do not boil. For chunky soup, add steamed veggies of your choice. (can be served cold) Serves one.
Even my kids loved this soup. And its annoying, but yes my kids are picky eaters. I have only had it warm, and really this will become a staple for me!
Stir-fried Veggies and Quinoa
1 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. sesame oil
half a carrot cut in thin slices
1/3 cup of broccoli florets
1/2 small zucchini chopped
1/4 cup of chopped red bell pepper
1 1/2tsp of Bragg liquid Aminos
In a large wok, heat oils over high heat. Add carrot and cook stirring 1-2 min.
Add broccoli and cooked stirring 5 min
Add remaining veggies, reduce heat to medium and cook stirring, until veggies are heated through tender-crisp. Turn off heat and add Aminos.
Add some herb seasoning to taste ( I used Nori Gomasio garlic, and sea salt)
This has been my favorite meal so far! The flavors are soooo good!
And I just love Quinoa anyways!
For your greens, use a mixed baby greens.
1/4 cup of shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup sliced red bell pepper
1/4 cup sprouts
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup chopped jicama
fresh herbs ( like basil, cilantro(my favorite!), parsley or dill)
1/3 cup toasted seeds or nuts( cashews, pecans, pumpkins seeds or sunflower seeds)
Creamy Garlic Dressing
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3-5 cloves garlic crushed
3 TBSP. fresh lime juice
2 TBSP. chopped parsley
1 tsp. Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard ( I used dry mustard)
1 TBSP. unfiltered honey, or raw agave nectar
Place ingredients in blender, and bled for 30 seconds until well mixed. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. If dressing solidifies when cold, let sit at room temperature until liquid, then stir. Makes 8-10 servings
This has been a staple with the meal plan they gave me, and it is so good!