Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Afterschool Fun & More Conscious Cleanse Food

We took the kid and one of his friends to Gilroy Gardens after school. 2.5 hours flew by, and we did a lot as it wasn’t crowded. The boys had lots of fun and got tons of exercise; they were so exhausted that they fell asleep in the car on the way home.


Conscious Cleanse Update

Hubby and I are finally feeling great. But while I don’t mind being around food we can’t eat, hubby has a much harder time... For me the hardest part of the cleanse is always having a variety of cleanse-friendly food available and not getting bored. I miss my little go-to snacks, like almonds and a small piece of cheese or yogurt and fruit. At the same time, I know I was eating a bit too much dairy, so the cleanse is a great reminder to make plant-based foods the main part of our meals.

Most days still start with green smoothies. We have also had chia pudding (chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and a little stevia soaked overnight) a few times. I have found that the smoothies keep me full much longer. Plus, I love that we get so many greens in right in the morning. Instead of warm lemon water, we sometimes have room temperature water with a few drops of honey, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. It tastes MUCH better than it sounds!


Conscious Cleanse Food On-the-Go

Here is food for a day ready to pack in a cooler: grapes, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, black bean hummus, and wild rice salad (wild rice, spinach, mushrooms, cilantro, parsley, mint, lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, & pepper).



And here is some more food. Some meals may not follow the Conscious Cleanse  guidelines 100%, but overall they are cleanse friendly.


Hubby really wanted some Korean-style food. I’m not sure the kimchi (and some of the other foods) is Conscious Cleanse-approved, but he really enjoyed the meal and felt great afterward (a sign that it’s a good combination for him).


Questions: What’s your favorite vegetable at the moment? I really like Brussels sprouts right now and could eat them every day.  What’s your favorite fruit right now? I love all the cherries and peaches.

Be well,
Andrea

20 comments:

  1. The Gilroy Gardens looks like fun! I need to remember that if we have any folks come to visit with little ones.

    All of your meals look so good. I like that you aren't trying to be "perfect" but are eating meals that are healthy and things that you like.

    I have been buying the already peeled mango slices and they are so sweet and delicious. Strawberries are also good right now.

    I have been putting beets in our salads - love the flavor and color.

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    1. Yes, Gilroy Gardens is awesome for little kids! So much to do for them!

      Mangos are great!

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  2. Greta
    Bei uns gibt es schöne Erdbeeren und in meinem Garten habe ich auch in 14 Tagen sehr schöne Beeren.

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    1. Wir freuen uns schon auf deinen Garten!

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  3. Looks like you are eating really well on this cleanse.

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  4. We used to go to Gilroy Gardens all the time. Glad you had fun! I love Brussels too. And artichokes.

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    1. Gilroy Gardens opened when the older kid was 10, so we didn't get to enjoy it that long with him. With the younger kid, we have enjoyed the park since he was a toddler. It's fun to now bring friends on play dates. :)

      I like artichokes but have never made them. They are on my list though!

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  5. I really admire you for taking this on & the food looks amazing!!!

    I think broccoli is easy for me but I do love beets but I want someone else to prepare them for me! OR I by the packaged ones from TJs. :)

    OH MY - love all the summer fruits! Yes to peaches & cherries but I still love my blueberries & strawberries & melons! :)

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    1. Beets are messy! :)

      And, yes, all the summer fruit is great. We are not supposed to eat strawberries on the cleanse, but I look forward to eating them again soon!

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  6. Gilroy Gardens sounds like fun! You've been having some really yummy meals lately. I'd say my fav veggie right now is kale and cabbage (oops, that's two) and my fav fruit is peaches.

    I really enjoy room temperature water so much more than really cold water, and I'll bet the lemon in it is really good. Peter thinks I'm nuts; but then again, he loves ice water.

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    1. Yes, we love our lemon water!

      And it's okay to have two favorites! ;)

      Have a great weekend!

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  7. You salmon looked incredible. Favorite veggie right now is kale because I have a TON in my garden. :D

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    1. Nothing better than homegrown veggies! Enjoy the kale!

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  8. I've never heard of Gilroy Gardens but it looks like a lot of fun, and I agree-it's great exhausting the kids with lots of walking around! I love getting in lots of greens first thing in the morning too :-)

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    1. Trying beet greens for the first time in my smoothie this morning. :)

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  9. My favorite veggies right now are broccoli and cauliflower. I never liked cauliflower until recently but now I love it!

    Your food looks great.

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    1. It's great when you realize that you like a veggie or fruit after all... :)

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  10. Looks yummy! Tell the husband good job for sticking to it even when it's tough!

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    1. He is quite proud of himself! ;)

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