Ultimate Reset Day 13 – Recipes (Vegan)

Oh what  a life it is of eating Vegan…Had a craving for Chicken last night..probably due to the fact that I cooked for the kids and used chicken for their burritos..silly me!

I have been quite tired these last few days. Oddly enough people recently are making it sound like I am doing something drastic and unhealthy..that I am tired because of restricted calories. Interesting because I am eating plenty of food. The problem is that America is so used to seeing junk in their diet that when someone eats entirely clean (green vegetables, whole grains, lots of raw vegetables) people are shocked to see it and assume you are doing some type of starvation diet. The Ultimate Reset is nothing like that. Yes I have lost weight, but that is not the main purpose of doing the reset. The Reset is restoring the body back to it’s “factory” settings by eliminating toxins that have built up in the body. These toxins come from the typical American lifestyle, bad eating, processed foods, and of course the ugly environment.  Doing a detox ever 3-6 months is HEALTHY and GOOD for the body. I haven’t felt this amazing my entire adult life! It has improved my mood, lowered my stress levels, has taught me to control my hunger, and has improved my relationship with my family..did I mention I CAN COOK! I prepare and cook all my meals from raw fresh foods. Prior to this I was using a lot of packaged/boxed products. Some may call me “crazy” but I call this Healthy.

Breakfast and Lunch was good today….now dinner, was not my favorite. The squash wasn’t bad, it was the Tahini that was just too much for me (mat be due to the fact that I overcooked it?!)

 

Breakfast: Avocado, Chickpeas, and Spinach!

Lunch: Meditteranean Roast Beets, MicroGreen Salad, Acovado

Mediterranean Roast Beets

Ingredients

1¾ cup beets, cut in ½-inch cubes
1½ tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Himalayan salt and herbal seasoning (to taste)

Directions
Preheat oven to 400° F. Toss beet cubes with oil, salt, and seasoning. Spread in a single layer on baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and toss with lemon and parsley. Serve warm or chilled. Serves 1.

Nutrition
170 calories
7 g fat
1 g saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol
190 mg sodium
24 g carbohydrate
7 g fiber
4 g protein
810 mg potassium

Microgreen Salad

Ingredients
¼ cup shredded carrot
¼ cup chopped cucumber
¼ cup sliced red bell pepper
¼ cup sprouts (like radish, alfalfa, or broccoli)
¼ cup chopped tomato
¼ cup chopped jicama
Fresh herbs (like basil, cilantro, parsley, dill)
⅓ cup toasted seeds and nuts (like cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds)

Directions
In most produce sections, you can find bulk or bagged mixed baby greens, which may include lettuces, baby kale, mizuna, radicchio, etc. These are perfect. Dress salad using one (or all) of the dressing recipes in theSalad Dressing section. Serves 1.

Nutrition
270 calories
18 g fat
2.5 g saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol
135 mg sodium
25 g carbohydrate
4 g fiber
5 g protein
254 mg potassium

Dinner: Kabocha Squash with Garlic Tahini Filling


Kabocha Squast with garlic Tahini..

Ingredients
¼ kabocha squash, seeds removed
2 Tbsp. sesame tahini
1 tsp. miso paste
¼ tsp. finely chopped garlic
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Directions
Preheat oven to 400° F. Place squash on baking sheet lined with foil. Mix together tahini, miso, garlic, and oil and pour over squash; bake for 30 minutes or until squash is fork-tender. Serves 1.

Nutrition
270 calories
21 g fat
3 g saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol
170 mg sodium
18 g carbohydrate
3 g fiber
7 g protein
140 mg potassium

 

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Detox Your Way Into Fall..with Kale!

Have you ever tried Kale? Kale is is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

Dark leafy greens like kale boost chlorophyll levels in the digestive tract, helping with digestion; the veggie also supports healthy detoxifying functions of the liver, and puts an end to constipation. Clean eating, indeed!

Baked Kale Chips

Who knew detoxing could be so snack friendly? Light and nutty, baked kale chips make a healthy alternative to chips, and satisfy cravings for all things savory, salty, and crispy. Make kale chips work even harder for you by tossing them in curry powder; turmeric promotes healthy liver function, detoxifies the liver, and aids in digestion.

Green Detox Juice

While a liquid only diet is not the smart way to detox, including a nutrient-rich pressed juice into your routine has its benefits. Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder recommends her Glowing Green Smoothie to clients to “rejuvenate skin, fight aging, and increase energy;” she also recommends the juice as part of a healthy weight-loss program. Made up of about 70-percent green vegetables (and 30-percent fruit), this smoothie helps you eat far more kale than you ordinarily could.

Raw Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Welcome to the World of Eating Right!

I always thought I was a good eater.. I had breakfast in the morning (usually eggs, toast, yogurt..), I ate every 2-3 hours, made sure I got enough protein, drank a lot of water..etc.  I applied the 80/20 rule, ate mostly healthy, avoided processed foods…had a treat now and then, but recently I discovered that I haven’t been eating as healthy as I thought! …and BOY was I wrong. I know all about carbs, protein, and fats and how you have to expend more than you consume to lose weight. What I did not realize was WHAT you eat is just as important, if not more important than how MUCH you eat.

10 Days into the Ultimate Reset…and my life has forever changed. Call me cheesy, but it has! In more ways than I could ever imagine. As of 3 days ago we (Aaron and I..my bf) are eating Vegan Style!! I am loving every bit of it. We are on a strict meal plan that I spend everyday prepping and cooking for. I love every bit of it.  Our diet has completely eliminated all dairy and meats (animal products) and contains NO processed foods or refined sugars. I have NEVER felt so good in my life. We eat a lot of greens, rich and full of the nutrients our bodies need. Some of the benefits that I have noticed include better sleep, more energy, no “breakouts”, less stress, amazing mood enhancement, weight loss (9lbs!), and most of all..BEST of all my relationship with my daughters and Aaron has improved! I am enjoying life again, I now laugh at the things that used to make frustrate me.

I realize now that I used to be a “grazer”. I ate healthy meals but I was constantly in the kitchen snacking, taking bites of the kids’ food, eating the food as I prepared it… I did not think I was that bad, but it was worse than I had realized. No wonder I had plateaued for almost 2 years! I was eating my calories in snacks. I now have a set schedule, a planned meal time. No more snacking, no more grazing, no more eating because it taste good or because I am stressed. I’ve learned this new appreciation for food! One I’ve never had before. Food IS fuel for your body. And if you want to feel good you’ve got to eat good!

I am a cook! I can cook! Sometimes I feel like a Chef in the kitchen, but it is therapeutic in it’s own little way. If you know me you’d know that I am a fitness freak..but now I am a true health nut (and chef..lol) I hadn’t realized that there were so many health whole foods out there. I’ve eaten several things that were never a part of my diet before…such as millet, hummus, quinoa, squash, kale, chard, and beets.  I love having a meal plan and prepping all my foods myself. Prior to this experience we would regularly grab a salad at Quiznos, no more of that! We got a salad making pro in the house. TO top it all off our 7 and 8 year old girls are eating these foods too. Sometimes it takes them a while to try it, but I was surprised when they tried the sweet potato and roasted red pepper bisque!

I will continue to live this way even after the 21 Day Reset. I am thinking I would like to eat Vegan but may add in eggs 🙂 I cannot express to you in words how different I feel than I did 10 days ago. I feel as if I am dreaming…

I would like to share with you the foods that I am eating as I venture out on this new journey in life!

Follow me as I share the meals I prepare and enjoy 🙂 Try a few new recipes, you may just be surprised.

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