What I Ate: Detoxinista Challenge Week 1

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.

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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?

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Comments

Ramona

Thank you much for this and your last post. My one food resolution has been to eat more vegetables because I know that will replace a lot of junk food snacking. I was reminded of your Egg Roll in a Bowl and made it yesterday. So delicious and every time I make it I wonder why I don’t more often. Today I will pull out your Everday Detox Book and search for recipes before I head to the grocery store.

CLAUDIA King

So far I’m doing good. I started with some smoothies for breakfast and the carrot ginger soup for lunch. Quinoa burgers for dinner. Thank you for all your great recipes.

Maria

I’m getting back on my fruit smoothie kick in the morning! (plus celery or cucumber juice with lemon before).I can’t cut out sweets completely but I’ve found some good alternatives (toasted rawxies, sakara life chocolate chip cookies). I get the same reaction to dark chocolate sometimes! Ironically – I’ve learned that it’s the “healthy” raw chocolate or cacao powder that I have the worst reaction to (racing heart/buzzy head)…but I’m fine when I just do a few dark chocolate kisses or Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa for hot (dark) chocolate.

Your egg roll dish looks amazing – can’t wait to try it!

Shawna

Can’t wait for the sweet potato lasagna recipe! Looks amazing ❤️

Milissa

I, too, needed to sort of get a nutritional grip after the holidays, so we got back on the morning smoothie train, too! I agree about the ease of a smoothie when the cupboard is bare:) Yesterday, my youngest daughter shared a mango, peach and pineapple smoothie with me that had the added benefit of fresh kale, dates, ginger and turmeric! I made a batch of the dark chocolate peanut butter balls (buckeyes) you posted awhile back for a sweet treat and also made homemade granola bars and protein bars. Simple black bean burritos and broccoli stir-fry with a slightly sweet sesame sauce have been dinner but I hope to make your eggroll dish this weekend;)

Nicole

Just did a bunch of meal prep to start the year off healthy! Thank you for all of the fantastic recipes.

Susan Heller

Please give us a comparison of your quinoa pizza crust and your cauliflower pizza crust. I would like to know which one falls apart the least while eating and which one freezes the best, I haven’t made either one yet but wanted this information to decide which one to make.

Elizabeth

All the food on here looks so healthy. I would like to start making smoothies, need to invest in a better blender, I guess. What is a good place to start when trying to get on a healthier eating plan?

    Megan Gilmore

    I’d start with changing just one meal at a time. I find breakfast is the easiest place to start, because smoothies are so fast and a great way to get loads of fresh fruits and veggies into your day. After that, maybe try adding a nice leafy green salad to your lunch or dinner? My first cookbook Everyday Detox has a meal plan and TONS of recipes to help you get started!

ShaRon

A 30 day reset is an awesome idea! I’m in, I had a kale salad for lunch yesterday and made the sloppy joe recipe from your cookbook, No Excuses Detox, for dinner last night. Delicious! I also made your Instant Pot curry butternut squash soup yesterday and that will be lunch today with some spinach added to it. Maybe some quinoa pizza crust for dinner tonight. I also want to make the freezer fudge for a treat along the way. Thank, Megan, for helping to get me back on track,

Annalisa Rush

I had started my own detox before joining your challenge, so while it’s inpired by your veggie quinoa bowl, it’s my own go-to comfort version : I sprouted black quinoa, then cooked it as the base. I sauteed shallots and garlic (from my garden!), Sweet potato chunks, potato chunks, and cauliflower from a local farm in coconut oil glazed with water. I added veggie bouillon, cumin, coriander, salt and cayenne, then a can of coconut milk at the very end. Topped with cilantro, it was hearty and delicious. I also ate oatmeal, chia porridge with hemp heart/raisin milk (didn’t have dates yet), sauteed brussel sprouts (from my garden!) and broccoli, salad topped with nutburger, goat cheese, and an aoili dressing. I’m going to make your sushi bowls, zucchini hummus, cucumber dressing, and quinoa pizza 🙂

karen croot

Thank you for all the great recipes to avoid flour.

Michele W

Love the idea of a make ahead reset and will definitely be giving it a try. Really like the idea of using canning jars for the make ahead smoothies. I’ve seen others use plastic bags but have been concerned about the waste since they do recommend reusing plastic bags. Although I use canning jars for all my dry goods I never thought to use them for smoothie ingredients. Amazing how a simple picture can change things.

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