First, Skyler's Kindergarten class took a field trip to the beach this week on a chilly day. I was at work, but Suzanne took some photos of my girl for me to see. Looks like she was having a blast.
Back to business.
I'm getting ready for Vermont, but wanted to post some pointers and recipe ideas for the folks doing the CFC. Feel free to add thoughts, ideas, or pointers, anything that will help us all get off to a good start. We now have 31 CFC partakers, including 2 in Ireland. Welcome aboard!
1. Plan Ahead. Pack your fridge and cupboards full of CFC friendly foods. If you want to go crazy, you might even make a few soups and salads (like quinuoa, veggie and bean salads) to have in your fridge for quick lunches. Almonds, cashews, pre-cut fruits and veggies work well for snacks you can grab when you are hungry. The afternoon hours before dinner are hardest for me, so I like to drink a smoothie or eat something filling that will get me through the dinner prep time.
I also prepared for the CFC by deep-cleaning my fridge and my oven this week. It just seemed like the right time to do it.
2. Go for filling foods. You are giving up processed food, yes, but that doesn't mean you need to be eating celery sticks for a week. Especially if you are exercising, or if you are like me, you'll really want to feel full after you eat. Curried Sweet Potato Soup (skip milk) is a life saver and keeps well in the fridge. Anything made with potatoes will fill you up, and baked sweet potatoes are packed full of nutrients and taste really good. I even love to cube and bake a sweet potato and then put it, still warm, on top of a giant salad (thanks, Ange!). Eat oatmeal for breakfast with a pile of blueberries on top and some maple syrup. For a snack, slather almond butter on a banana, eat handfuls of dried fruit and nuts, or eat a whole avocado sprinkled with sea salt.
3. Go for flavorful foods. Grill some pineapple or mango for a fruit salsa. Add curry or cayenne or paprika to your dishes. Dress your salads with lemon, agave, olive oil, salt and pepper. Make a pesto (no cheese) to put over fish or boiled potatoes. Eat spicy black beans and salsa with home-made guacamole! Walk through your health food store with an eye for something new; try new foods and make it an adventure.
4. In a pinch?: During the CFC, I try to eat only foods that are whole when I buy them from the store, But, if you are in need of a store-bought snack, Kind Bars are dairy and gluten free and are minimally processed so they would be a good choice in a pinch. Also, Lara Bars are dairy and gluten and sweetened only with dates.
5. Drink the water: Water helps this whole cleanse process because it flushes your system right out. If you can succeed in drinking the recommended 1 gallon of water a day (my camelbak water bottle filled 5 times), you will be peeing all the time. It's kind of a pain, but I credit all of the water as being one of the things that helped me feel so clean and sparkly during my last cleanse. And water helps you feel more full, too.
Here are two recipes I loved last time on the CFC:
Tangy Basmati (from friend Josie)
1 cup basmati rice
1 3/4 cups water
1 Tbsp oil or ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp crushed coriander seeds
3 Tbsp grated coconut
1/4 cup chopped almonds or raw cashews
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
In a small pan, heat up oil and add mustard seeds, turmeric, coriander seeds and nuts. When
seeds begin to pop, add coconut and stir well to toast and blend spices. Set aside until rice is
ready, at which point stir into rice with lemon juice and chopped cilantro.
Tempeh Stir Fry
Stir fry together 4 minced cloves garlic, 1 onion chopped, 1 package of crumbled tempeh, 1 head of broccoli chopped, a bunch of halved green beans, 1 cup of sliced mushrooms, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
I served it over brown rice and sprinkled it with peanuts that I ground up in the food processor.
Lastly, my cousin Tiercy sent me this recipe for Quinuoa Edamame Salad which is CFC friendly and sounds amazing.
Here is the list of Bloggers doing the CFC. Want to be on this list? Send me an email!
Sandi and Suzanne in Maine: Casa De Carver
Brooke in Arizona: Action Mama
Joanne in Pennsylvania: Miller Journey
Kirsten in Wisconsin: From Inside to Outside
Jen in Maine: Running With The Girls
Maria in Maine: Swarbles