Yesterday I made the Spice It Up Shake from the Cleanse Sample Meal Plan (page 22). As Clean shakes go, it was about average. This shake includes raspberries and carob powder which sounds really yummy. However, the flavors are rather muted. I added cacao nibs and fresh raspberries on top to give it some textural contrast and brighten up the flavor. The shake was slightly bitter so I should have also blended in a couple of dates to add some sweetness.
To start the new year off right, I once again turned to the Cleanse Sample Meal Plan this morning for a nutritious shake. The Favorite Green Shake (page 22) is bluish-green thanks to the spinach, blueberries, and spirulina. The spirulina adds an algae-like taste. While that may sound off-putting, I find it appealing.
Around March of this year, Jenn was watching Dr. Oz and heard about a new cleanse called Clean by Dr. Junger. She was very excited about it and wanted to give it a try. She told me about how this program could clean your body of toxins and reset your system. I was interested to learn more so I ordered the book. We stuck to the program pretty faithfully for three weeks. I really felt healthier and lighter and while doing Clean. Doing Clean got us both in the habit of eating more fruits and veggies and less meat. We also have been drinking shakes for breakfast almost every morning since. However, some of our unhealthy habits (Flamin’ Hot Cheetos with Limon) have made their way back into our diets.
A week or so ago, we decided to give Clean another try. While the book contained a lot of great information and laid out the founding principles and benefits, the recipes were lacking. So I went to the internet to find more recipes. I searched the web and found a website which featured a wide-range of recipes. We’re not going to do it religiously, but we are going to eat Clean on a more regular basis. As part of that journey, I plan to make all of the recipes in the Cleanse Sample Meal Plan. For breakfast this morning I made the Keepin’ It Smooth smoothie on page 21 which features avocado, peaches, and raspberries. It’s not my favorite smoothie ever. The flavor of the fruit doesn’t really shine through. However, it’s decent and packs a nutritional punch. Raspberries are my favorite fruit, so I made sure to throw a few extra on top for good measure.