Dr. Oz 3 day Cleanse / Detox

Today I started Dr. Oz’s 3 day Detox/Cleanse. So far .. all is good. Granted ……. it IS day 1, and it’s only 3pm (ohhh!! time for my “snack drink”). So far the only thing I miss is my coffee. I’m doing this Wednesday – Friday because 1. I’m not in the office those days (to my co-workers you are welcome!) and 2. the rest of my family is at school or work all day so they won’t have to deal with me if I get ummmm slightly “hangry” (they have told me is when I get hungry – I get angry!)

I enjoyed the breakfast and lunch smoothies, maybe because they consist of things I would normally put in a smoothie anyways? Even our toddler drank the lunchtime smoothie with me and she gulped it down! (okay so I took a little artistic license with lunchtime) I forgot to buy lime, so I added a chunk of fresh ginger & some avocado (negleted to put the coconut oil in). Also I can’t have too much almond (hives, tightness in chest) so I used unsweetened coconut milk. I’m wondering how dinner will be? I’ve never put cayenne in a smoothie before!!

I’m drinking lots of water, and thankfully I have a lot of ginger root & lemons here because that’s how I’m flavouring my water (also with fresh mint leaves) makes drinking water that much easier!

 

So this is the gung-ho me talking on day one – ask me again tomorrow how things are going?!

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Green Meals for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the Saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years.   Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Green is the colour of the day for many!  So why not have a green meal (or three)?  No, I don’t mean throwing green food colouring into your mashed potatoes (but you could mix in some yummy kale to make it green!).

Many people associate St. Patrick’s Day with Shamrocks, Leprechauns and Four Leaf Clovers and, of course, the colour green.  From what I remember, if you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day you are bound to get pinched!  So don some green, search for a four-leaf clover and try to catch a leprechaun.

And while you are at it…. share with me what YOUR green meal will be! …..

Challenge # 3 for us GreenFighters is to make a “unique green meal”… and so – here are my submissions:

Breakfast:  a green smoothie using green fruit and veggies (apple, kiwi, avocado, celery, kale)

Lunch: a deconstructed green salad with a variety of fruits and veggies (Kale, celery, green pepper, romaine lettuce, avocado, green apple, kiwi, honey dew, pumpkin seeds, cucumber, lime)

Dinner: spinach pasta, fresh basil pesto with sauteed kale and brussel sprouts

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
–Irish blessing

breakfast in a blender

If I don’t eat breakfast, then I’m not exactly the happiest person by mid-day (just ask my family!)   So I had to find something that I really enjoy, I’m not really a fan of a “sit-down-meal” in the morning.  I like something I can make and  eat (drink)  on-the-go.  I LOVE my smoothies .. about 90% of my breakfasts are smoothies.  This doesn’t mean that it’s the same smoothie every day though.  Variety is key! And you can even hide veggies in a smoothie if your kids (or you) aren’t a big fan.  I bet if you put a carrot and a handful of grape tomatoes and some spinach in with berries etc, you probably won’t even notice.  A little hint when it comes to veggies, if you put in a small amount of raw beet, the smoothie goes nice and pink (hide the green/brown look!)

I find that making sure there is protein in my smoothie means that I’m not ravenous by 10am as well.  So what do I put in my smoothie? A lot of that is dictated by what I happen to have in my fridge/freezer/pantry that week.  Now of course, smoothies can also become high in calories so I find that keeping a log in my myfitnesspal account can help me keep track.  Once you get the hang of making smoothies it can be quite fun to play around with the ingredients!  I’ve compiled a list of a few of the smoothies I enjoy (I’ve attempted to put in the amounts that I use).  As well I have made a little chart that you can mix and match, I try to get something from each column if possible.  I don’t often use honey/syrup etc, however find that some people need this to start out while adjusting their taste buds.

got questions?  comments?  ideas? I’d love to hear from you!

Pumpkin Pie smoothie

1-2 cups coconut milk (you could use any milk, I just prefer coconut)

1 tbsp hemp hearts

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses

1 frozen ripe banana

2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

spinach

maple syrup if this isn’t sweet enough for you

sometimes I add a bit of avocado

P-nutt Butter yumm

1-2 cups coconut milk

frozen ripe banana (doesn’t have to be frozen)

1 tbsp hemp hearts

1 tbsp natural peanut butter

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

ice, if desired

Berrylicious

1/2 cup-1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

handful raw spinach

5 grape tomatos

1/2 carrot

1 small banana

½-1 cup frozen blueberries or any berries

1 tbsp. chia seeds or hemp hearts (you can also use flax seeds)

¼ – ½ an avocado

Tropical Smoothie

Approx. 2 cups frozen mango

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup cottage cheese

tbsp shredded coconut

1 carrot

1 tbsp chia seeds

Choco Monkey

1 small banana cut up and frozen

3/4c. coconut milk

1/2 scoop – 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 Tbsp. Flax seed can also add hemp seeds etc.

P-Nutt Choco

1 cup Coconut milk

1 tbsp Natural peanut butter

handful spinach or kale

scoop Chocolate protein powder (or 1 tbsp approx unsweetened coco if no protein powder)

Banana

Ice

Orange Mango Cream Smoothie

1 orange

Half cup of ripe mango

Half a banana

handful grape tomato

2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

**** Soak the chia seeds in some of the juice from the  orange  for 10 minute to let them swell and soften Put all ingredients in your blender Blend well until creamy.

Pina colada chia smoothie

Half banana

Half an orange, seeded, peeled and chopped

Half a cup pineapple cut small

a couple of slices of ripe mango

Half cup coconut milk

Half cup pure water

1 Tablespoon chia seeds

Coconut spinach smoothie

 1 and 1/4 cup of coconut milk

2 tbsp of chia seeds or hemp hearts

1 cup of spinach

1 scoop vanilla protein powder if you wish (I don’t normally have vanilla on hand so dont’ use it)

some avocado

ice cubes

tropical smoothie

2 cups fresh baby spinach

1 cup sliced kiwi

1 banana, cut up

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup chopped fresh pineapple

1/4 cup orange juice

1 Tbsp. chia / flax or hemp seeds

Banan-a-vocado

1  banana

1/2 small-medium ripe avocado

1-2 cups of baby spinach

1/2 – 1 cup coconut milk (or whichever you like)

Ice if you wish

Date smoothie

2 dates

kale or  baby spinach

1/4 avocado

1/2 banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries

1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

2 tbsp flaxseed

some lemon juice

water

Fruit Veggie Grain Protein spices/other
apple kale oats greek yogurt (low MF%) cinnamon
orange spinach oat bran your choice of milk (coconut, almond etc) fresh ginger
lemon carrot spelt nut butter pumpkin pie spice
berries grape tomato hemp hearts molasses
banana avocado flax seed honey
pear celery chia seeds (pre-soaked) maple syrup
grapes zucchini pumpkin seeds nutmeg
pineapple beet
peach
pumpkin
 pomegranate
cranberry

 

 

As some of you are aware I am currently in a 13 week competition to help raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, as well bring awareness to increasing fitness and health in my daily life.  Should the CCS be something that you wish to make a donation towards, here is a link for my personal fundraising site.  Thank you  🙂  http://cancerevents.kintera.org/angiebunnell

some of my favourite foods…

Eat a Rainbow

Today I am trying to fit in all my fruits and veggie servings! Made a delicious smoothie for breakfast and had time to make a massive batch of delicious vegetable soup!

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Dinner tonight was noodle-less lasagne! Layers of grilled zucchini with cottage cheese, ground turkey and veggies in tomato sauce, spinach and of course yummy mozzarella …. Delicious !

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For this tasty dish I swapped out pasta noodles with ribbons of zucchini.  I grilled the zucchini to get some of the moisture out (and add some great flavour)

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, small dice
  • 1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red pepper
  • 1 can Italian tomato sauce
  • 1/2 a can of tomato paste
  • fresh basil and any other spices/herbs

For the filling:

  • 2% cottage cheese mixed with thawed spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the vegetables:

  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup red peppers
  • 3  mushrooms, stems trimmed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • Freshly ground black pepper

other items:

  •  shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 cups)
  • ground turkey
  • 2 meduim zucchini, ends trimmed and sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch thick (I used a mandolin slicer) – grilled (soak up any excess moisture with a paper towl)
INSTRUCTIONS
For the sauce:

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F
  2. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, mushrooms, peppers, until softened add in ground turkey … cook until done
  3. Add the tomato sauce & paste. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the flavors meld and the sauce has slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

meanwhile you will be grilling the zucchini

To assemble:

  1. layer of zuccini
  2. some shredded cheese
  3. cottage cheese mixed with spinach
  4. tomato sauce / meat

Repeat until final layer top with mozzarella cheese

Bake uncovered until the sauce is bubbling around the edges and the top is browned, about 40 minutes. Remove the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.