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Day 12 – Clean(er) Eating Program

Day 12 – Clean(er) Eating Program

DSC_0012_watermark green juice smoothie 2Yeahhhhh…. it’s the last day of my Clean(er) Eating Program and I’m feeling Grrrreat!!  Started the day again with the usual 1 litre of water, followed by my trusty green tea.  Another 3km on the treadmill followed by my smoothie de jour!! :-)

For this last day of the program, I enjoyed a double batch, yup 3 litres of Green Juice Smoothie – I enjoyed the 3 litres throughout the morning & early afternoon! Yum!

Often on the weekends we have a late lunch/early dinner vs. lunch and dinner – and that’s exactly what we did today!  We enjoyed a very yummy Broccoli & Tomato Salad together with one of my favorites Sweet Potato and Chipotle Soup. Very satisfying and filling. 

Update on morning of Day 13:

I wanted to give you an update on the morning of Day 13, after all is said and done!!  I feel so “clean” and that clarity of mind has returned!!  Woot Woot!!  Mission accomplished.  Oh and the bonus is I also lost 7 lbs!!  Woohoo gotta love those bonus’!!

Day 11 – Clean(er) Eating Program

Day 11 – Clean(er) Eating Program

Woot Woot!! 2nd last day and I’m rarin’ to go!! Enjoyed 3km on the treadmill again this morning… feels good – ok but I have to say the treadmill is a bit boring, I much prefer to run outside!!  But I HATE running with all that snow on the streets…. it’s just not great for the footing!!  Sigh…

Ok, I did mention how much I love mango’s didn’t I?  Well, if not – I’m totally addicted to Mango’s… totally addicted!!

So I did something I little crazy :-)  I had this wonderful Creamy Mango Smoothie – it has to be one of the simplest and MOST delicious smoothies in the WORLD!!  No really ;-)

DSC_0014_watermark mangoOk and now for the crazy part… a couple of hours later I had 3 mangos… yup, 3 of those babies!!… they were perfectly ripe and oh-my-friggen-deliciously juicy and yummy!!  I was in total heaven!!  Heaaaaven!! OK, my wish – that I some day I visit a land where I can pick Mango’s from the tree and eat them right then and there!!  Freshly picked & ripe Mango’s – that would be heaven!! Sigh… I wonder where’s the best place to do that?  Any ideas for me?

I will say, I wasn’t really hungry again until much later in the afternoon so I had a combined lunch-dinner!!   There was just a tiny bit of left over asian salad (I used most of it to make wraps for hubby ;-) he loves wraps and I love leftover salad for wraps – I just added a little salsa on top and he loved them!!) – so there was only a bit left for me :-( but that’s ok I ended up making a bit of Guacomole and a handful of seed crackers!!  Yup, I was lazy and just wanted something quick and easy!!

Well, that’s it for today – Day 11 – only one day left!!  Woohoo! You know one of the best aparts about Clean(er) eating is you never go hungry!! Gotta love that!

Day 10 – Clean(er) Eating Program

Day 10 – Clean(er) Eating Program

Today is the 10th day on my Clean(er) Eating Program and I must say I really am feeling ‘cleaner’!!  I’ve followed 3 simple principals – 1) Eating Cleaner 2) Get moving (visited my treadmill, almost every day :-)) and 3) Drinking water.

I just realized I didn’t write my water consumption with each of my daily posts, but each day I would drink about 2-3 litres of water.  Once back at work I don’t always remember to drink my water, but I’m reminded again how great I feel when I have a good dose of water each and every day.

Another 3K on the treadmill – I haven’t up’d my mileage yet as I haven’t been running for a while and I want to get back into it slowly so as not to insure myself.

Asian Style Salad

Asian Style Salad

I’m listening to my body and with time I know both my speed and distance will increase – patience is the key – I’m not always great with being patient ;-)

After the treadmill I enjoyed an encore presentation of the Raspberry, Banana & Almond Butter smoothy!!  I’m addicted to this combination, it’s just so creamy and flavourful!!

For lunch I enjoyed some leftover Asian Style Salad – Mmmmmm – it was even more flavourful today!!

And for dinner….. a new variation of my Vegan Pizza or Pizza Salad Option!!  This time I decided to make a new creation called Oven Roasted Vegetable Pizza & Pizza Salad where I roasted the veggies in the oven before adding to the pizza, as well I cooked the pizza dough for 1/2 the time before adding the tomato sauce, veggies & vegan cheese and then cooked for the remaining time.

Pizza Salad

Pizza Salad

The crust was perfectly delicious with the split-cooking approach!!  Yet another keeper, if I do say so myself :-).

Ok, Ok, I had a small bite, very small bite – I just had to taste it!!  If you are ok with wheat you could have enjoyed a piece of pizza, for me I’m better off with salad – so I enjoyed my ever so scrumptious Oven Roasted Vegetable Pizza Salad, Yummy!!

That’s it for today… see you tomorrow!!

Day 9 – Clean(er) Eating Program

Day 9 – Clean(er) Eating Program

Smooth & Creamy Smoothie

Only 3 days to go… the countdown is on!!! Woot Woot!!!  Here’s a glimpse into the first 8 days so far.  Today started with a wonderful green tea. Yummy!!

After the tea, I whipped up a new Smooth & Creamy Smoothy – originally I was intending to make something that was very straberry-y but it seemed to evolve into something else – I love how things evolve in the kitchen and a wonderful new creation always results :-)

Raspberry Banana Smoothy

Raspberry Banana Smoothy

Again, I decided to have smoothies until dinner so I made one of my absolute favourites (ok, so I say that a lot – I think they are all my favourites :-)).  I made a Raspberry Banana Smoothy

I just love the combination of raspberry, banana and almond butter – there’s just something really decadent about that combination!!  Sigh!!

And for dinner I created an Asian Style Salad.  It started with a stir-fry of carrots, snow peas, mushrooms & ginger with a little toasted sesame seed oil.  Once heated I added some thai curry sauce and coconut milk.  After heating a few more minutes I added bean sprouts and cilantro and heated through quickly.

Asian Style Salad

Asian Style Salad

This was a wonderful combination and would be great on it’s own – or as a salad.  For the salad I added romaine lettuce to a bowl and then topped it with the asian vegetable stirfry… tossed & served.  Deeeee-Licious!!  Who ever said salads had to be borring!!???? :-)

Roasted Sesame Sweet Potato Wedges w/Almond “Peanut” Sauce

To complement the salad, although not necessary unless you are very hungry or need something more substantial, we enjoyed a side of  Roasted Sesame Sweet Potato Wedges w/Almond “Peanut” Sauce.  Very delicious indeed :-)

That’s it for Day 9.  See you tomorrow …..

Day 8 – Clean(er) Eating Program

Hubby Smoothy

Hubby Smoothy

Well Day 8 and I’m feeling pretty darn grrreat!!  I’m feeling more of that “clarity of mind” and “clean body” feeling with each and every day.  I’m lovin’ it!!

Ok, but I have been neglecting the treadmill :-o

Here’s some insight into the first 7 Days of the program!!

Today started with a small glass of the leftover Hubby Smoothie – he had 1.5 litres I had about .5 litre.  A little later in the morning I decided to make a big batch of my Green Juice Smoothy – certainly not for the faint of heart as it is very green but it’s oh-so-refreshing and hands down my favourite smoothy for bringing on that “clean” feeling.  Love Green Smoothies!!

Green Juice Smoothie

Green Juice Smoothie

So it was a smoothie day!! Throughout the day I enjoyed about 2.5 litres of smoothies and that carried me to dinner.  Having green smoothies through the day is another great way to give your digestives system a wee break!  I like to do this for a day/two every now and again.  It feels really good!

For dinner – yes, more leftovers Ratatouille – but that was the last of it!!  Sure makes life easy when you can reuse and repurpose for 3 days!!  Love that easy peasy approach :-)

We also enjoyed a Butternut Squash with Pistou Sauce… a new combination that was pretty yummy if I do say so myself.  I never knew what Pistou sauce was before!  I so love learning new things :-)

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Pesto Butternut Squash

Baked Butternut Squash w/ Pistou Sauce

Ok, I had a bit of a sweet tooth so I had 2 dates that were each stuffed with 2 raw almonds.  A quick and easy snack that really does take the edge off!!  Yum!!

Well that’s it for today, 8 down and 4 to go!!  Yeah!!!!  See y’all tomorrow….. xox