As 2017 comes to a close, I imagine that many of you are ready to embark on some New Year’s goals. I love the fresh wave of motivation that comes with a new year!
Whether you aim to clean up your diet, commit to a new fitness routine, stick to your budget, or tackle another personal goal, I’ve noticed that people who are most successful at reaching and maintaining their goals tend to make small, manageable changes.
Choose Your New Year’s Goals Wisely
This year, I’d encourage you to aim for healthy eating changes that aren’t so challenging that they leave you feeling isolated in social situations, or have you bending over backwards to bring your own meals everywhere because you’ve given yourself such strict dietary restrictions. (I’ve been there, and in my case, it led to many years of struggling with binge eating. I ended up worse off than I had started!)
Instead, I want to challenge you to eating easy and satisfying detox-friendly meals all month long. There’s no need to cut out entire food groups completely. Instead, I want you to focus on what you can eat– lots of healthy recipes that you can find here on my site, or in my cookbooks.
30-Day “Detoxinista” Challenge
For 30 days, I’m challenging you to eat detox-friendly recipes like the ones you find here. They don’t all have to be properly combined if you’re not ready to take that step, but I’d encourage you to focus on eating real foods that are simply prepared to keep things as easy and healthy as possible.
(For example, try sweet potato toast for breakfast instead of making yourself a complicated gluten-free or grain-free bread substitute.)
What I love about a challenge like this one is that it’s flexible. If you need to dine out, there are plenty of detox-friendly options at a restaurant (like a salad topped with salsa and guacamole, or a high-quality protein with steamed vegetables), and if you need a something sweet, you can reach for a naturally-sweetened Date Energy Ball or a piece of Almond Butter Fudge, totally guilt-free.
No need to struggle!
The fact is, you need to enjoy the process if you’re going to stick with your healthy eating goals all year long. Isn’t that the point of New Year’s resolutions, to make a change that you can sustain past January? That’s my goal, anyway.
To help keep you motivated, I’m sharing some easy recipe ideas below to help you get started, and I’ll be be hosting some AMAZING GIVEAWAYS each week to reward your participation all month long.
Be sure to tag the Detoxinista recipes you make with the hashtag #detoxinistachallenge so that I can give you credit for participating on Facebook or Instagram, and join our free Facebook Support Community to follow along with a private group. The more actively you participate by leaving comments and posting the recipes you try, the more likely you are to win a weekly giveaway prize! (You’ll get an entry for every comment or post you make.)
30-Day Detoxinista Challenge Recipe Ideas
Healthy Comfort Food:
- Egg Roll in a Bowl
- Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese
- Instant Pot Burrito Bowls
- Pizza Stir Fry
- Vegan Mac n’ Cheese
- Easy Lentil, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry
- Kung Pao Chickpeas
- Vegan Sushi Bowls with Soy-Ginger Dressing
- Vegan Chickpea Tikka Masala
- Mexican Cauliflower Rice Casserole
- Cauliflower Rice Jambalaya
- Vegan Cauliflower “Nachos” with Walnut Taco Meat
- Mediterranean Chickpea Flour Pizza
- Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole
- Fall Mason Jar Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette
- Sweet Potato & Quinoa Mason Jar Salads
- Make-Ahead Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls
- Make-Ahead Vegan Lunch Bowls
- Make-Ahead Chia Pudding
- Instant Pot Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
- Lentil Potluck Salad
- Quinoa “Pasta” Salad
- Zucchini Hummus
- Cherry Pie Larabars
- Peanut Butter “Cookie” Larabars
- Healthy Cashew Queso (or Sweet Potato Queso!)
- Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip
Naturally Sweet Treats:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- Almond Milk Hot Chocolate
- Date Energy Balls
- No-Bake Brownies
- Almond Butter Fudge
- Date-Sweetened Flourless Brownies
- Date-Sweetened Peanut Butter Cookies
I hope you’ll enjoy this delicious challenge while meeting your healthy living goals for the New Year. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below!