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 😮

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

Day 7 – Clean(er) Eating Program

Day 7 – Clean(er) Eating Program

Chickpea Crêpe with Artichoke & Mushroom

Hello 2013!!  A new day, a new Year, new beginnings, new opportunities… ahhhh…. don’t you love that!!

Today was a lazy blogging day for me (ok, I helped a little as hubby worked on our new kitchen cabinets – woot woot!!).  He is most definitely a gem!!

Here’s a preview of each Day so far.

So before he got started, I decided to make one of the recipes from Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr & Chad Sarno – oh my how I love that book and all of Kris Carr & Chad Sarno’s creations!!  They are definitely a dynamic duo!!  If you haven’t heard of her book, check my Kris Carr Madness post for more insight.

Ratatouille

So we started the day with Chickpea Crêpe with Artichoke & Mushroom.  I’ve made this recipe a few times and it is without a doubt my favourite for breakfast/brunch, it’s hearty, incredibly flavourful and very versatile – you can use whatever veggies you have on hand.  Oh and the Artichoke Aioli, oh-my-gawd I so love it – it would also be awesome used as a base when making a wrap – it is oh-so-yummy!!! Ok but we’ve never had any leftover so I haven’t been able to try it with a wrap 😉

Spinach Salad w/cherry tomatoes & avocado

For lunch, a late lunch that is – we enjoyed a wee bit of left over Ratatouille.  I made a few wraps for my hard working hubby lined with romaine and filled with Ratatouille, he loved them!!  I enjoyed a small bowl as I wasn’t that hungry after the Chickpea Crepes.  I must say, the Ratatouille is even better the next day.

For dinner I enjoyed a quickie spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, avocado, a sprinkle of olive oil and lots of fresh ground pepper. One of my fav’s!!

That’s it for Day 7…I’m feeling great! How can you not with such clean plant based whole foods eating!!

Here are insights into Day 8!