So I bought a new cookbook(shocker) Clean Green Eats by Candice Kumai. This book peaked my interest, because it features healthier versions of some of my favorite foods, like burgers, pizzas and brownies. I also own another book by Candice Clean Green Drinks, which has recipes for smoothies and green juices. I really enjoyed the recipes in that book so I thought Clean Green Eats would give me some nice healthy alternatives meals.
While swiping through the book (I got the electronic version) I noticed Candice has a two-week Clean Green Detox eating plan. She describes this menu as a way to give your body and digestive system a break and to retrain your taste buds to crave less sugar and salt and more healthy plant-based foods. I looked over the menu and noticed it’s pretty much a vegetarian/vegan meal plan, eliminating refined sugars, alcohol and animal proteins. I thought to myself ah that’s nice, a quickly moved on to the pizza and pasta section of the book.
Later on I thought about it more. With summer coming to an end and fall/holidays right around the corner. Now would be a good time to do a detox. I had a fun summer with family, friends and Rosé. I know once the weather cools off I’ll be in the kitchen cooking and eating my favorite comfort foods. A detox might not be such a bad idea. A little reprieve from over indulging would be good for me and my body.
This past week Monday I started the two-week Clean Green Detox meal plan. I wont bore you with all the details of the plan, or detail my day-to-day experience with this new way of eating. Instead I want to share with you some of the colorful and tasty meals I’ve been making. The thing I’ve really enjoyed so far about this plan is, it’s gotten me back in my kitchen and gotten me to try foods I’d previously was not a fan of (I am looking at you lentils).
I’ll rate each dish from 1 – 5. One being it’s healthy and good for me so I’ll eat it, and 5 being I’d eat this regardless of the health benefits.
In preparation for the two-weeks of clean eating. The night before the detox started Cory and I went to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants to have a “last supper” if you will before the clean eating started. We toasted to our health with margaritas and enjoyed my favorite chips and salsa.
Goodbye margaritas! Hello Green Smoothies! Everyday on this plan starts with a different green smoothie. Monday Morning my day started with the Chocolate-Banana Love Smoothie.
This smoothie has unsweetened cocoa powder, almond milk, frozen banana and spinach. I would rate this smoothie at 3. I wouldn’t mind drinking this more often, I would add some peanut butter to kick up the flavor. You don’t taste the spinach at all.
For lunch I made the clean green minestrone. This recipe makes a big enough batch that it was my lunch for the rest of the week. One thing I really like about this menu, a lot of the dishes are big enough for multiple servings over a few days.
I give this soup a 4 it’s really hardy and satisfying. I would definitely make this on a rainy day or cold day. I would swap the vegetable broth for chicken broth and it would get a 5 rating for sure!
For dinner I made the Kale Quinoa Tabbouleh.
I give this dish a 5! The use of Tamari soy sauce gives this dish a really reach savory, salty note. It’s very satisfying as a main dish or even a side dish. It’s even better after it’s been in the refrigerator over night.
Last night I bit the bullet and made the Red Lentil soup. I am not a lentil fan. I know they are very good for you, packed full of fiber and protein. However, I never really warmed up to them. I decided to give them another chance, I am glad I did.
To my surprise I really liked enjoyed this soup. Cory ended up eating 3 bowls of it! I would give this soup a 4 only because I think it would be that much better with chicken broth instead of vegetable broth like the minestrone. If you have friends or family that are vegan or vegetarian coming over for dinner this soup would be a great dish to serve them.
I am five days into the detox, and I feel pretty good. I don’t miss wine as much as I thought I would. While I could definitely go for a steak or a burger, I am enjoying trying new foods and new ingredients. Because I girl can’t live on cheese and Rosé alone.