Monday, January 2, 2012

Detox Week

Since I have totally been fooded out over the holidays, I am eating light this week. I have decided to do a little detox for myself, consisting mainly of soups, salads, smoothies, and oatmeal. I simply feel the need to cleanse my system a little bit. The holidays were hard because of all the sweets around. I stayed plant strong, but I did eat sweets that contained white sugar and white flour...2 things I haven't had in a long time. I realised that during this past month, my stomach has bothered me more than it has in a year. And since I have remained meat free throughout the holiday season, the white sugar and white flour must be the culprits. They have been my only dietary change from previous months without stomach trouble and heartburn.

Started this morning off with my power oatmeal. It fills me up, keeps me going all morning long, and is a great source of whole grains and good-for-you ingredients..

Power Oatmeal
1 3/4 c water
1 c thick cut rolled oats
1 large honey crisp or gala apple, shredded
1 Tbsp ground flax
1-2 Tbsp raisins
1-2 Tbsp sliced almond, chopped pecans or walnuts
1-2 tsp chia seeds
skim, soy, or almond milk
toast whole flax seeds
sweetener of choice
sometimes a dash of cinnamon or 1/4 c. blueberries instead of raisins

Boil water. Add shredded apple, oats, and ground flax. Simmer about 5 minutes till oats are cooked. Remove from heat and add a little skim, soy, or almond milk to desired creaminess. I usually add a Tablespoon or 2 at the most. While the oats are cooking, I put raisins, nuts, and chia seeds in my bowl.Then I add the cooked oatmeal and mix it all together. Add the sweetener of your choice and stir. Top with toasted flax seeds and enjoy. It makes 2 good size portions that y DH and I split. When I eat this power oatmeal, I am not hungry for hours.

I also had a really yummy smoothie today that I made with vanilla yogurt, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, milk, bananas, spinach, fresh cranberries and a few chunks of fresh pineapple.


Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Girl I totally understand about being fooled out. I seriously don't think I'll ever eat another cookie again ;) I stumbled upon your blog accidentally and already love it. Can’t wait to follow along!

Shannon said...

Thanks, Kristen. The blog and I are a work in progress. Glad you stumbled upon me!