Okay! So you already know that I had a fabulous trip. You also know, from the pictures that I posted yesterday, that I ate pretty well. The one thing I do after any trip where I eat pretty horribly well is cleanse my body by doing a detox. I particularly go by the guidelines of the Daniel’s Fast (if you are not familiar I recommend that you look it up). The purpose of me going on the fast it to rid it of all the junk that I put in my body and to mentally and physically get myself back on track of eating healthy and feeling better. With that being said, today marks Day 2 and I imagine everything tasting like a burger with french fries. It isn’t that bad though. The only thing that sucks about a detox is that for the first few days you always feel hungry. But I’m not sure if you always feel hungry or you always notice that your hungry because a few days later you don’t even notice the hunger pangs anymore.
So my breakfast pretty much consists of oatmeal and fruit. I also juice a variety of fruits and veggies to get those extra nutrients in the morning; for lunch I may eat a salad and soup; and for dinner I eat beans, rice and maybe veggies. Sound pretty boring, normally I would agree, but that is where my true culinary skills come into play. Going on a detox you have to get creative and make sure that you explore different seasonings to give your food flavor so your taste buds don’t get bored and want the stuff that isn’t good for you. The hardest thing for me is sweets, of course. I taste cookies and cake when I’m not eating anything at all and I have to either pray or have a hard conversation to remind myself that I am in control of my body, and my body is not in control of me. You know there is a such thing as “sugar addiction” you know? I learned that by watching Dr. Oz. Well I made a refreshing cooler that consists of watermelon, strawberries, and kiwi. It is very easy and has no sugar. All you do is blend all the ingredients together with ice and about 1/4 cup of water and there you have it. I use this as my dessert and I even pour some of the mixture into Popsicle trays for later. If you are detoxing or just looking for a healthy way to eat your fruit, this recipe is easy and refreshing.
- 8 c. watermelon, hulled and chopped
- 1 pint strawberries, hulled and halves
- 2 kiwis, peeled and cut into fourths
- 1 stevia packet
- ¼ c. water (just enough to cover the blade to blend the fruit)
- 2 c. ice
- Using a blender, place the watermelon inside and begin to pulse. If your blender doesn't begin to puree the watermelon, then you may need to add a little water to get things going, but you shouldn't need more than a ¼ cup.
- Once the watermelon has been pureed, add the strawberries and puree for about 30 seconds. Now, add the kiwi, stevia, and ice and blend until the ice has been blended well. Garnish with extra strawberry and kiwi slices along with fresh mint.