Smoothie bowls contain all of the nutrient density of our beloved Clean Program smoothies, with a slight change in texture to mix things up on your 21-day Cleanse or change up your AM smoothie routine. This bowl tastes like chocolate ice cream, and you won't believe its sugar-free and loaded with produce. The best part is you'll feel like you're eating dessert for breakfast!
For decades, we have been conditioned to avoid fat at all costs. The first set of U.S. Dietary Guidelines warned us that fat was responsible for raising our levels of LDL cholesterol and contributing to cardiovascular disease. Many got swept up in the fat-free mania of the 80s and 90s, refusing to touch full-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt with a ten-foot pole. We internalized the notion that fat is bad, and carbs are good. Is that true? The low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet flips this mentality completely upside down.
Since most people only usually do the 21-Day Clean Program once or twice per year, we thought you might like a look at a balanced pantry and fridge tour with Kaitlyn Noble, one of our regular blog contributors. She has tips on a well-prepped fridge, since her work has her on-the-go all day long. She makes sure every ingredient is ready for easy, 10-minute meals.
Let’s talk about portions. We get tons of questions about portion sizes, especially when it comes to weight loss goals or eating on the 21-Day Program. Here at Clean, we don’t really focus on counting calories. All calories are not created equal. So what should we be considering when we talk about portion sizes?
Lavender isn't just the relaxing scent of your favorite essential oil. You can find culinary grade lavender in most spice sections, and it will add a unique flavor and scent to any dish. We've chosen shortbread cookies as the perfect host for lavender. The simple flavor and texture allow the lavender's subtle taste to shine. These are great on a maintenance diet or on the cleanse with some easy substitutions.
It’s no secret that our bodies are made of mostly water - anywhere from 50-70 percent. While humans can go about three weeks without food, they can only go about four days without water. It is one of the most important substances on earth, as all plants and animals need it to survive. Drinking more water is one of the easiest things that we can do to encourage good health. Here’s more information why it's so vital, especially while cleansing.
Doesn’t it seem like everyone is sick right now? The post-holiday work grind, combined with cold weather, has a way of seriously wearing down the immune system. While washing your hands, popping echinacea, and getting plenty of sleep are great lines of defense against germs, our preferred method of keeping the cold and flu at bay is sipping a hot bowl of soup packed with immunity-boosting mushrooms and superfoods.
Sleep is something we get asked about a lot at Clean. So many of us struggle to control our thoughts, emotions, and actions because we’re so tired, and maybe even a little wired. There are many causes of insomnia, but the good news is that most of these remedies here will help provide some relief regardless of the underlying cause.
We all know it’s important to eat healthy and to include a variety of foods in our diets. But just as critical as what we eat is consuming the right amounts. One way to make sure we’re getting enough of the major nutrients we need is by building a macro bowl. This macro bowl combines Middle Eastern flavors with healthy plant-based protein, and is perfect for a clean diet.
You’ve made it through January - a month for New Year intentions, healthy resolutions, and inspiration. To all of those that completed our group 21-Day Clean Program challenge - hooray! To those who started incorporating more Clean-approved meals, like this delicious chocolate mint smoothie or egg-free chickpea scramble - good work! Whatever your unique path, you’ve made some amazing progress. Cheers to that! So now we are in February. Perhaps the weather is more harsh and we’ve been working hard for a month. How do we keep this positive momentum going strong? How do we muster up the motivation to continue these healthy habits, despite the cold, dark and dreary weather?