After all that Halloween candy consumption, I wanted to do a weekend detox. I’m subscribed to Goop, which is Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog and she recently did a post about the most popular posts on her site and one of the subjects was a seven day detox program. Now, I don’t have time to do a seven day detox program as I have a full time job and some of the recipes take time to make. I will say that the food was very good and I enjoyed being on this diet for two days.
I didn’t take pictures of all the meals as quite frankly .. I was hungry and wanted to eat asap! However, here are a few of the recipes that I did manage to capture. I did tweek the recipes to the items I had on hand. For example, the first day breakfast called for an almond smoothie with blueberries and I used frozen raspberries.
Upon rising, 1 glass of room temperature lemon water.
8:00 am: Herbal tea, I chose Numi Honey Bush.
10:00 am: Almond smoothie.
|Raspberry Almond Smoothie with whey protein powder and Orac-Energy Greens
- 1 1/2 cups Almond milk. Since I used a sweetened Vanilla Almond milk, I used 1 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup cold water.
- 1 scoop whey protein powder (not soy). I used Tera’s Whey in Bourbon Vanilla. This protein powder is organic and sweetened with stevia. I purchased mine at a local Vitamin Shoppe, but you can of course order Tera’s Whey from Amazon.
- 1/2 scoop blueberries. I used frozen raspberries
- 1 scoop of powder greens with probiotics. I used Orac-Energy Greens. I purchased a small package at the Vitamin Shoppe to try. The powder is green and when you mix red and green you get an unappetizing brown, so I only used 1 tsp instead of the whole envelope which is probably equivalent to 1 scoop.
To blend the smoothie, I used the Tribest Personal Blender
which I purchased at Amazon years ago and it’s still going strong.
11:30 am: Coconut water. I purchased the recommended Vita Coco coconut water which was gross. Real coconut water from an actual coconut is quite tasty, but I didn’t have any use for the coconut meat, so I decided not to purchase a whole coconut. I had an apple instead.
12:00 pm: Lunch. Hungry! I made the Salad with Carrot and Ginger dressing and the dressing was delicious and yes, I’d make it again. Since I was so hungry, I didn’t manager to snap a picture of my lunch, but it did look like the picture from Goop, minus the red onion.
4:00 pm: Snack. Handful of mixed pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
6:00 pm: Dinner. I made the Detox Teriyaki chicken and steamed greens for dinner. No pictures as I was again, hungry.
I followed roughly the same menu plan as day 1 except for lunch I made the Broccoli and Arugula Soup, which I substituted watercress for the arugula. This soup was a big surprised because the liquid base is water, not chicken or vegetable broth. So I thought this was going to be tasteless, but the soup was delicious. I used my Cuisinart Immersion Blender
to blend the soup, but it left the soup a bit chunky, so next time I’ll use the Vitamix
blender to blend the soup.
Vitamix blenders are quite expensive, but you can buy refurbished blenders at the Vitamix site. Also, I recently purchased a Ninja Mega Kitchen blender
and it’s considerably cheaper than the Vitamix and works the same. I did a write up about the blender here
|Broccoli and Watercress Soup | Recipe from Goop
The other recipe that I made for day 2 was the Miso Soup with Watercress. This soup was fabulous, but labor intensive. The soup base is bonito flakes which is a bag of dried flaked fish. I’ve never used this food product before, but it stunk up my house like a fish canning facility.
The directions for the bonito flakes is to boil water, reduce water to simmer then turn off the heat. Add the flakes and steep for about 2 min. Then strain the broth into a clean bowl and discard the flakes. All I can say is that the trash bin that is stored under the sink was heading out to the garbage – pronto!
Once the bonito broth is done, the rest of the ingredients, miso paste, mushrooms, seaweed, and watercress are added. The soup was so warm, savory, and fresh. I loved it, but unless I can cook the bonito flakes outside, I probably won’t make this again.
|Miso Soup with Watercress | Recipe from Goop
What I love about this detox plan is that it is nourishing for the body so I didn’t get a pounding withdrawal headache. For the most part, the recipes are easy to make and are enjoyable. I can report that I feel much better and energetic. I don’t know why I feel the need to eat all that crap Halloween candy, but yes, I seem to do it every year.
I’d really like to try the detox diet for the full seven days and I may try the diet again after the holidays when I’ll have some time off from work.
Have you ever tried a detox diet?
PS: A Pear Shaped Gal turns 1 year old on November 5th. A celebration give away to post this week. Stay tuned!