QUICK 3 DAY CLEAN-EATING DETOX

It’s been a while! I’ve basically been eating really well, celebrating, and traveling since April. {I’m so behind on posts!} #SummertimeChi is off to a great and hot start, and it’s just been really busy.

Before my next trip this week, I realized that I feel pretty gross and need a detox/cleanse. I can never commit to a detox or cleanse that lasts longer than a week, and I only have 3 days before I travel again, so… I present to you my QUICK 3 DAY CLEAN-EATING DETOX. It sounds aggressive, but it’s not at all. It’s easy, cheap and definitely makes me feel better, inside and out.

Here are the details. This involves 1 trip to Whole Foods, and assumes that you use either filtered water (like Brita) or have water bottles at home. I also don’t include seasonings and basic pantry items such as oils.

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GROCERY LIST | $27 total at Whole Foods

2 portions of salmon ($6.99 per 6oz fillet)

kale (2 bunches for $3, sale)

1 large lemon

1 cucumber

1 bag of frozen pineapple chunks

1 piece of ginger

 

RECIPES

SLOW-ROASTED SALMON with KALE & CUCUMBER

1 6oz salmon fillet

2T olive oil

2 cups of kale, cut up

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1t red pepper flakes

1/4 cucumber, sliced and cut into halves

1t sesame oil

salt & pepper to season

  • Preheat oven to 300F
  • Pour 1T of olive oil onto the salmon fillet, and make sure it covers all of it. Season with salt & pepper and place on a baking sheet. When the oven is at 300F, slow roast the salmon for 15-18mins.
  • While the salmon cooks, prep the cucumber side dish by slicing it up, adding sesame oil, salt and pepper to season in a bowl. Toss, taste, and it’s ready.
  • When the salmon has about 5mins to go, start heating up 1T olive oil in a pan, add the garlic and kale and saute together until the kale has wilted and cooked through. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
  • By the time your kale is done, the salmon should also be done… and you’re ready to plate it up! So easy, SO delicious.

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SPICY LEMON WATER

1L bottle of water (I drink Smart Water)

juice of 1/4 lemon

1T maple syrup

1/10th of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or as much as you can handle, I have a heavy hand with it sometimes)

  • Add the lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper to the bottle of water
  • Shake it up, sip throughout the day

 

LUNCH SMOOTHIE

1 cup of shredded kale

1/4 cucumber, cut up into cubes (skin removed)

1 cup of pineapple chunks

1 cup of coconut water

1in piece of ginger, finely grated

Optional: pinch of cayenne pepper, cinnamon or some maple syrup for sweetness

  • Blend the kale, cucumber and coconut water first
  • Add the ginger, pineapple chunks and spices/maple syrup
  • Drink as is (will be thick like a smoothie as seen in the pic below), or strain to drink only the extracted juice (yes, I need a juicer!)

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KALE CHIPS

2-3 large leaves of kale leaves, torn into medium-sized pieces

1T olive oil

1t salt

1t red pepper flakes

  • Preheat the oven to 300F
  • On a baking sheet, lay the kale in one layer
  • Add the olive oil onto the kale and toss to coat
  • Season with salt and red pepper flakes (and any other spices you fancy)
  • Bake for about 12-15mins, tossing the kale at about 10mins
  • Let cool, and enjoy!
photo from Eating Well
photo from Eating Well

DETOX NOTES 

  • My dinners were the same each night – slow-roasted salmon, sauteed kale, seasoned cucumber
  • I sipped on a 1L bottle of spicy lemon water all day
  • I made a smoothie for lunch or whenever I got hungry
  • I started the day with warm lemon water (added some cinnamon & tiny pinch of cayenne to kick-start that metabolism early)
  • I made kale chips to snack on during the day
  • Sipping water all day kept me feeling full, and flushed out toxins in the process
  • I did a short 20-min workout during my lunch break {easy yoga poses, some squats, some crunches}

And that’s it! My version of a quick detox, made easy for those of us who just really love eating steak frites and donuts and ice-cream. Yes, I feel so much better, less bloated (I hate that word), and motivated to keep it up… after my next trip. 🙂

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