Clean Eating Cleanse

To start off the New Year, my husband and I started a 7 day, clean eating cleanse. 3 meals a day, 2 snacks, portion control, lots of fruits and veggies. I think the portion control and the limited snacks has been the most difficult for me. I don't usually eat large servings anyway, but when I actually pay attention to what the recipe says 1 serving is, I am feeling a little hungry still. 

However, the cleanse that I chose from SkinnyMs.com has had some REALLY winning recipes! You can check them all out through the link above, but here are a few of my favorites.

Superfood Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 2 cups vegetable juice (I used R.W. Knudsen, Organic Very Veggie Juice, no sugar added)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, low-sodium

Directions

Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker, cover and cook on low 6-8 hours, or until veggies are tender. Add a tablespoon of reduced fat cheddar cheese, or 2 cups of kale in the last 5 minutes of cook time, if desired.

Yields: 8 | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 157 | Total Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus: 4 | Cholesterol: 0 | Carbohydrates: 32 g | Sodium:174 mg | Dietary Fiber: 8 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 7 g |

Individual Egg Spinach Bowls

Egg Spinach Bowls

Ingredients

  • 8 large egg whites, (recommend free-range) 
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 cup baby spinach, torn or chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, fat-free
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Lightly mist 4 (1/2 cup) ramekins (or an oven-safe mug like I did since I don't have ramekins!) with nonstick cooking spray and evenly divide egg mixture into bowls. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes or until eggs puff and are almost set in the center. (My mugs took 25 minutes.) Serve hot.

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 bowl | Calories: 84 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus: 2 | Cholesterol: 57 | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Sodium: 335 mg | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 2 g | Protein:11 g |

Coconut Milk Smoothie

Coconut Milk Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lite coconut milk, canned coconut milk is recommended 
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups raw spinach

Directions
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Serving Size: 1/2 the recipe | Calories: 134 | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 4 | Total Fat: 8 gm | Saturated Fats: 6 gm | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 77 mg | Carbohydrates: 15 gm | Dietary Fiber: 2 gm | Sugars: 7 gm | Protein: 3 gm

These three recipes surprised and delighted us. The soup was so easy in the crockpot and had the perfect amount of spiciness. The egg dish was so full of flavor and quite satisfying. And the smoothie was fresh and not overwhelming with a lot of different flavors; I've never used coconut milk in a smoothie before, and I loved it!

Be sure to check out SkinnyMs' website. There's tons of great recipes and information on a healthy lifestyle on there!