Tomorrow Begins Our Spring Detox

 

Inspired by the thought of spring’s arrival, with it’s fresh and renewing qualitities, I have decided to go on a detox diet this first full week of March. A month back I wrote an article about the process, dreaming of the warm days of spring and bright vibrant foods of the season.  Here in Walla Walla, the occasional snow showers have kept the local produce hibernating in the ground, so we have yet to see any fresh, edible signs of spring.  But days like today, with clear skies and temperatures near the 70’s gives us hope that spring is on it’s way.

For now, I will commit to a spring cleaning from the inside, with fresh and simple foods; a week-long spring detox. Here’s my rules:

No: sugar, meat, dairy, white flour foods, caffeine, grouchy attitudes

            Limit: wheat, eggs

Yes: water, vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, nuts, vitamins, positive energy

Here’s my proposed menu for the week:

Breakfast-

(supplement with spirulina, fish oil, multi-vitamin)

  • smoothies
  • homemade fruit and vegetable juice
  • homemade almond milk
  • spelt banana bread with honey
  • steel cut oats with raisins or blueberries
  • poached dry fruit and cashew cream
  • fruit and granola

Lunch-

  • brown rice rolls with cucumber, edamame, peppers
  • pb+j on homemade spelt bread
  • roasted chickpea and charred onion on spinach-arugula salad
  • radish and white bean salad with fresh herbs
  • coconut rice with leeks, edamame and ginger

Snack-

  • kale chips with roasted garlic and almond butter
  • lime chili almonds
  • orange salad with red onion and lime
  • detox tea

Dinner-

  • bell pepper or tomato stuffed with black bean-mexican rice
  • split pea-barley stew with carrot, celery, rutabaga
  • stir-fried tofu and mushrooms in lettuce cups
  • lime tempeh tacos with lettuce, tomato, cilantro, avocado
  • indian-spiced potato filled crepes

Tonight, I’ve started soaking my almonds to make fresh almond milk.  It’s so easy, affordable and delicious, I’d never buy it from a store.  The recipe is below.

I also started soaking my brown rice for cooking tomorrow, and steel cut oats for breakfast.  Soaking the grains before cooking reduces the phytic acid, which is a mineral inhibitor naturally occurring in foods.  It’s a simple step that can help increase nutrient absorption in our bodies.  To me, that’s worth a little extra planning and work.  To learn more about the issue, google “soaking grains” or check out this site-http://www.rebuild-from-depression.com/soaking-grains

Lucky for me, I don’t go into work until nearly noon.  I have the morning to prepare kids’ lunches, make almond milk, cook brown rice, prep adult lunches and dinner.  With most of the foods on the menu in the pantry, it’s just a matter of pulling it all together.  The hardest part might be saying no to the morning cup of coffee.

We’ll see how it goes…..

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Almond Milk

Soak 1 cup raw almonds in water for at least 4 hours.  Overnight in the fridge works perfect.

Drain almonds from the soaking water and rinse.  Place in high-powered blender with 3 cups water, a pinch of salt and a couple dates.  Blend until smooth.  Strain into a fine meshed sieve or a cheescloth-lined strainer.  It will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.  Do not be alarmed if it separates upon standing. Totally normal.  Just shake or stir to combine.

Don’t throw away the almond paste leftover from making the milk.  Add it to baking bread or in morning oatmeal.  Fibery nutrition!

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2 Comments on “Tomorrow Begins Our Spring Detox”

  1. March 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Your menu sounds amazing! Like a week of really, really good food! Your family is so lucky!

    The indian-spiced potato filled crepes sound like something I’d order at a restaurant – right up my alley. You should post that recipe! The coconut rice with leeks and ginger sounds so delicious that my mouth is watering.

    Are you going to post some updates mid-week about how it is going?

  2. April 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Hey there, You’ve done an incredible job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this website.

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