Even though eating lots of Chinese takeout may not be the best health practice, that doesn't mean you need to give up fresh Asian flavors. This simple side will add an antioxidant and fiber-rich punch to your table. Serve it alongside a simple roasted fish or chicken stir-fry.
Having healthy snacks on hand is a great way to ensure that we will maintain a clean lifestyle after finishing our cleanse program. This healthy veggie dip with roasted carrot and creamy almonds is a perfect go-to snack when we feel the munchies coming on.
We are always looking for a healthy substitute to those, sugar and preservative filled, store bought granola bars and these healthy oatmeal bars are the perfect fix. We love making healthy alternatives to those classic not-so-healthy treats. Our healthy oatmeal bars are packed with fiber, protein and a delicious blend of spices, that will be sure to win over even the pickiest of snackers. Along with being a yummy treat, we use buckwheat flour, as a gluten-free alternative and an additional source of fiber, making these little guys gluten free and great for our digestion. However you cannot have these while on the 21-Day Clean Program, but once off these bars are great to enjoy in addition to having a daily scoop of Move to regulate bowel movements!
The main ingredient of our healthy oatmeal bars are, yep you guessed it, oats. Oats add a chewy texture to the bars and also help to bind all the ingredients together. Oats are a great food addition to help with an overall healthy heart, they help to lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Oats have a very high fiber content, which can help with digestion and to reduce hunger, while keeping you full longer, making these healthy oat bars a great snack in between meals. That's why we use them a lot in our meals, including making a cup of Easy Overnight Oats!
Chia seeds can be used as an alternative to eggs in baking, by making a chia “egg” by soaking ground chia seeds in water, this will form a gel-like texture similar to that of an egg. This is extremely beneficial for those on a vegan diet or on the cleanse.
On their own chia seeds are a very nutrient dense superfood, they are rich in fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as helping to boost energy. Chia seeds are also super loaded with antioxidants, making them great for your skin, by helping to speed up the skin’s repair system and to prevent further skin damage.
Contrary to its name buckwheat is not wheat, it is actually a plant whose seeds are ground up into flour. Buckwheat is a naturally gluten-free alternative to wheat flour which can come in handy in many baking recipes.
Buckwheat is known to help contribute to blood sugar control as well as being great for digestion.
As a reminder to Eat the Rainbow we are bringing you this Clean Buddha Bowl recipe. This is a great way to introduce cultured veggies with their amazing beneficial bacteria. Mix them in with fiber-rich kale and broccoli for a well rounded meal. Give it a try and let us know your favorite Buddha bowl additions and variations.
If you don't already have an herb garden this recipe might inspire you to start one. It is packed with parsley to keep your immune system strong and basil for heart health. Mint adds anti-inflammatory properties and cilantro boosts antimicrobial benefits. We paired it with vegetable noodles, but this cleanse-friendly sauce compliments almost everything. Try it on baked veggie sticks or socca pizza for a pleasant twist.
This salad is a perfect side dish, and would be a highlight at your Thanksgiving feast. Bitter greens, like the ones found in this salad, are an amazing addition to your meals. They’re teeming with nutrition, packed with fiber, and they help kickstart the digestive process. Most of us don’t eat enough bitter foods, so we miss out on their many benefits. Best of all, their taste is balanced by the sweetness of apple and beet. We hope you enjoy this beautiful and tasty way to include more bitter foods in your diet.
As we reach the end of summer, there's no better time to take advantage of full-flavored fresh fruits and vegetables that hydrate and satiate by providing plenty of nutrients, while still keeping us feeling light and energized. Plant foods are the primary focus of a clean whole foods diet and enjoying them just takes a little bit of experimentation to find the recipes and flavors you love. Here are some of our favorites.
The ingredients in this "kitchen sink" type of pasta dish are typical of recipes in the southern parts of Italy; lots of tomatoes, olive oil, olives, capers and garlic. This is a refreshing and easy to pull together twist on a classic meal. The "noodles" are actually raw vegetables and the sauce is also a raw blend of garden-fresh goodness. Feel free to satué this all up for a cooked or warmed meal, it will be delicious either way. Note, this is not for the Clean Cleanse as it contains tomatoes.