Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Detox Smoothie

Yesterday was the first full day of my "easy" detox and let me tell you... it was far from a walk in the park. I started the day with an oatmeal smoothie, which in retrospect, wasn't the best choice. It was my first time making an oatmeal smoothie and it tasted more like dessert than anything else (I soaked rolled oats with a date, some raisins, and some currants overnight and blended in the morning with an apple, some flax meal, cinnamon, and ice. Too much dried fruit = too much sugar. Lesson learned.).

For lunch, I had a pint of leftover Red Lentil, Turnip, and Parsley Soup from page 94 of Clean Start: Inspiring You to Eat Clean and Live Well with 100 New Clean Food Recipes. I was still hungry and I wasn't prepared with many options that followed my self-imposed detox rules, so I ended up snacking on some pistachio nut butter (plain, as in, with a spoon). I got a large iced green tea (unsweetened) at the Starbucks at school and snacked on some cucumbers and hummus before my stats test. When I got home, I was VERY tempted by the leftover Butternut Squash Lasagna, but I wasn't very hungry and it was late, so I went to bed on an empty stomach for the first time in a while.

I did a little more meal planning last night to make sure I wouldn't be too tempted today. I packed some raw cashews, apples, carrots, cucumbers, and more soup for lunch today. And this morning, when I woke up, I made myself a real detox smoothie.
The Ingredients

Love that 20 oz  Starbucks Reusable cup!

2 apples
1/2 large carrot
1 persian cucumber (with skin)
1 stalk celery
2 purple kale leaves
1 tb chia seeds
1 tb flax meal
1 piece crystallized ginger
1 date, pitted

I popped all the ingredients in the Vitamix and blended until smooth. It's not the prettiest smoothie and it doesn't taste like dessert, but it's full of raw goodness, a full serving of veggies, 2 servings of fruit,  tons of fiber and lots of healthy vitamins and minerals, not to mention some good old omegas.

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