Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but we always end up eating a little too much sugar between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so I’m pretty excited to have this 30-Day Detoxinista Challenge to help us stay motivated with our clean eating goals.
Sometimes you just need that extra accountability, or push, to get back into your routine! (Those are jars of my Chocolate Zucchini Shake from the 5-Day Make Ahead Reset pictured above.)
After an indulgent holiday season, I like to keep my meals familiar and easy so that it doesn’t feel like too drastic of a shift. Instead of cutting out sugar cold turkey this week (which sounds miserable), I made a batch of date balls to satisfy my sweet tooth, and I’m whipping up healthy versions of our favorite comfort foods like pizza and lasagna, to help us get through this chilly week.
Simply upgrading your favorite foods and finding healthier alternatives that you truly enjoy are key to making your healthy habits stick. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join us in taking this 30-Day Challenge and that you’ll discover some new healthy comfort food recipes that you love!
P.S. You could win a Vitamix if you participate this week– click here for more details.
I’m only one day into the challenge myself so far, as Austin and I found it difficult to meal prep before we got back to work, so here’s what our first day looked like.
Breakfast: Austin requested the Frosty Chocolate Shake (from No Excuses Detox) because we haven’t had a chocolate smoothie in over a month! We had previously been on a “purple shake” streak due to my son’s preferences, but we decided that we needed to kick-off our year with some chocolate!
Snack: My son helped me make a batch of Peanut Butter Date Balls, which are basically a non-chocolate variation of the Almond Butter Truffles in my 5-Day Make Ahead Reset. They are one of our favorite treats! I reach for these anytime I need a quick snack or have a sweet craving– so yesterday I reached for quite a few of them.
Lunch: We hadn’t had the chance to do our grocery shopping yet, so I made another smoothie out of hunger desperation. It’s the fastest option I can make when I’m starving, and I know my kids will share it with me, which is a bonus. My second smoothie of the day consisted of a frozen banana, mango, blueberries, strawberries, avocado, spinach, a couple pitted dates, and enough water to help it all blend.
Snacks: I tested a couple recipes yesterday, so I always end up snacking on the final products. I made oatmeal in my Instant Pot, so I ended up eating a small bowl of that later in the afternoon, and then we also finally made it to the store and I shared some fresh fruit with my son, including a sliced pear and some grapes.
Dinner: I re-tested the sweet potato lasagna that I’m planning to post this Friday (stay tuned!), so we ended up having that for dinner. While that was baking, I also took the opportunity to make a double-batch of Quinoa Pizza Crusts (from No Excuses Detox) so that we’d have easy pizza options available whenever we need a quick meal. I like to slice the crust into quarters so that I can top and reheat individual servings as needed.
Late evening: I’m playing catch-up with work after taking a nice holiday break with my family, so I ended up staying up too late last night, sipping on decaf tea and eating some dark chocolate. The chocolate left my heart racing, so I think I’ll make a batch of Almond Butter Freezer Fudge as a non-chocolate treat to enjoy next time.
Reader Feedback: Which meals and recipes are you enjoying this week?