While I was in Mexico for NYE, my grandma emailed me a link to the Bon Appetit “2016 Food Lover’s Cleanse.” Between bites of tacos and sips of margaritas I read through the recipes and was intrigued with the idea of kicking off the new year post-Mexico with not only healthy recipes, but a cooking challenge. This “cleanse” appealed to me in part because it’s only 2 weeks, it allows for 4 drinks a week, and it includes snack and dessert recipes for each day. I’m trying to be realistic. I will be posting the recipes of the meals I make, but for a link to the full menu, calendar and grocery shopping list, click here.
My intention is to stick to their recipe schedule as much as possible, while tweaking the recipes to fit my tastes and accounting for having a small social life (ex. I already know I have a work dinner at Spruce on Tuesday).
The cleanse also features a few guidelines aside from the recipes. Among these are:
Alcohol: (like I mention above) only 4 drinks a week
Water: drink 2 liters a day
Coffee: only drink one cup in the morning, then swap for tea afterwards
Dairy: drop it, aside from yogurt
~ Breakfast: Old fashioned oats, dried black mission figs, roasted pecan pieces and cinnamon with almond milk. Dash of salt.
~ Lunch: (Technically the first day of the cleanse started with dinner) My lunch was a kale and chicken caesar salad wrap from the Bay Club.
~ Snacks: Navel orange, 5 dark chocolate chips.
~ Dinner: Mahi-Mahi with smashed white beans and sage, side of spinach with sautéed shiitake mushrooms.
~ Dessert: Thawed frozen pineapple, toasted coconut and freshly cracked pepper (or it was going to be but I was too full to eat it!)
Mahi-Mahi with Smashed White Beans and Sage
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper