Let’s get down to business.
If you are anything like me, you couldn’t wait to get back on track and start with nutritious healthy food now that we’ve started the new year.
I feel like I am in desperate need to replenish. How about you?
Although I had a great time during the whole month of December, enough is enough.
The first thing I do, is to clean out the fridge and check very well what you have, write it down if necessary. Plan meals to use up leftovers if you have any, and as far as I’m concerned throw out the fattening stuff. Get rid of chips and salty stuff too. We need to get rid of all that water retention, you may not notice it per se, but you’ve got excess water weight for sure, unless you only ate carrots and cucumbers in December.
Cleaning your fridge helps you to get the right mindset, it gets you in the mood to fill the fridge with vegetables and beautiful crunchy nutritious foods.
Clean the fridge as you normally would and then rinse with warm water and soda to get rid of any smells.
Then what I do is, I get lots of vegetables, wash them, prepare them and put them in containers in the fridge at eye level. So whenever I’m hungry I can pick a healthy snack, Other things I may have are a bowl of hard boiled eggs, fat free yoghurt and low carb fruits. Some nuts are ok too, unless you want to loose a lot of weight then you really need to watch your portions, no more than 1 tablespoon a day.
TIP No. 1:
First thing in the morning drink a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon. It purifies and detoxes the body from toxins and also kick starts your metabolism. And I mean…..it does wonders.Wait for twenty minutes before consuming anything else.
Meanwhile make your detox water for the day.
TIP No. 2:
Make Detox water
Boil 2 liters of water ( about 0.5 gallon / 8 1/3 Cups) and let it sit for two minutes or so.
Pour in a large container or teapot over 2 tablespoons of Dandelion thee, the juice of half a lemon, a few slices of ginger and one bag of green tea. Leave to infuse and drink all of it during the day. If you must, sweeten with little bit of Stevia.
Now let’s make some smoothie packs;
When you have smoothie packs ready in the freezer you will be less tempted to grab something else, and you might even feel a little guilty if you do because you really don’t have any excuses not to have a smoothie (wink).
The first thing you need to do, a day in advance, is to freeze coconut milk in an ice cube tray. It’s the best thing ever, great for smoothies and also for recipes that require just a bit of coconut milk.
Then we are going to freeze two or three more trays with a mixture of yoghurt, flax and almond butter, like this;
32 oz. of high protein yoghurt (more protein will keep you full the longest, I like Skyr)
3 tablespoons flax seeds
6 tablespoons almond butter.
Mix this in a bowl and divide over the ice cube trays. Freeze. When ready divide over six zip lock bags. This is the base. Now add the remaining ingredients and store the bags in the freezer. I have given you a few examples of what to put in the zip lock bags, but you can add whatever you like.
Blueberry Acaï Spinach
1 cup spinach
1 cup blueberries
2 tsp. Acaï powder or a frozen Acaï pack
1/2 banana, sliced
1 cup pineapple cut into chunks
1 tbsp. dried goji berries (I love these)
1 whole banana, sliced
5 frozen coconut milk cubes
Mango Passion Baobab
1 cup Mango chunks
pulp from 1 passion fruit
1 tsp. Baobab powder (optional)
1 tangerine in segments
1 cup kale
1 apple or pear, peeled and core removed
1 lemon segment
1 1/2 cups strawberries
1 orange, peeled and in segments
1 Cup raspberries
1/2 Cup strawberries
5 frozen coconut milk cubes
Chocolate Moca Smoothie
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. instant expresso powder
(no yogurt cubes in this one, replace with milk of choice)
When ready to use:
Place freezer bag ingredients in a blender and add 1/2 cup almond milk or soy. Blend until smooth. Add a little water if you like it a bit thinner. Enjoy and feel the goodness!
If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #thecookingspoonblog on instagram! You’ll make my day.