Friday, January 17

Healthy Eating Cleanse Update

Week two of the healthy eating cleanse

Kitchen Sink Diaries Healthy Cleanse
One Thing I'll Take Away From the Cleanse: Starting Each Morning With a Glass of Warm Water & Half a Lemon


The hardest time for my husband and I to make healthy eating choices is on the weekend. Typically, Fridays and Saturdays are the days that I take a break from cooking, and we usually go out for meals or have simple things like lazy waffles at home. So, without a doubt, I was the most worried about slipping on our healthy eating cleanse last weekend. Luckily, I did enough planning to make sure that we had meals and groceries in place for us to eat healthy at home all weekend, although we did cheat slightly with the delicious lentil meatballs. We were also able to repurpose a lot of our weekend cooking for meals during the week: sometimes as leftovers, or sometimes just by thinking ahead (like making extra farro on Tuesday night for Wednesday's lunch or grilling the chicken for the chili along with Sunday night's pork tenderloin). These steps made it easy to have a quick, healthy meal on the table.

The cleanse finally ended last night with dinner at our friends' house. We originally planned on extending it until the weekend, but I was more than happy to stop a day early in favor of their dinner invitation. One interesting thing about the cleanse is that I started craving things that aren't normally on the top of my food favorites list. I don't usually have a big sweet tooth, but I've been obsessing over dessert (and donuts! don't even get me started on glazed donuts!) for the last week straight. True nirvana was reached when we tucked into the simple flourless chocolate cake that I brought over for dessert last night.


Click here to see last week's recipes from the cleanse.


Kitchen Sink Diaries' Healthy Eating Cleanse, Week 2:
Saturday
Breakfast - Mini Spinach & Onion Frittatas
Lunch - Lentil Meatballs with Almond-Lemon-Basil Pesto & Greens
Dinner - Grilled Chicken with Rosemary & Garlic Borlotti Beans and Carrot Avocado Salad

Sunday
Breakfast - Smoothies & Failed Attempt at Juicing
Lunch - Grilled Mahi Mahi with Grapefruit Salsa
Dinner - Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Asparagus, and Green Salad with Crispy Quinoa & Pomegranate

Monday
Breakfast - Flax Seed & Almond Granola with Low-Fat Greek Yogurt and Blueberries
Lunch - Leftover Lentil Meatballs with Almond-Lemon-Basil Pesto & Greens
Dinner - Grilled Chicken Chili

Tuesday
Breakfast - Flax Seed & Almond Granola with Low-Fat Greek Yogurt and Blueberries
Lunch - Leftover Lentil Meatballs with Almond-Lemon-Basil Pesto & Greens
Dinner - Roasted Kale & Coconut with Farro

Wednesday
Breakfast - Flax Seed & Almond Granola with Low-Fat Greek Yogurt and Blueberries
Lunch - Vegetable Farro Salad
Dinner - Leftover Grilled Chicken Chili


**A full list of healthy recipes (not all follow the cleanse standards) can be found here.**