Detoxing in real life – Part 2

I was not concerned with the limited variety in the three-day detox. In only three days, I knew I would not get tired of eating the same food. Besides, the dinner included three different choices, so I ensured that I had the ingredients for all three choices. The lunch even came with two different choices. Again, I made sure I had the ingredients for both choices. I need not have worried.

A delicious salad that makes a large batch to enjoy over a couple of days or to take to a potluck!

The Sea-Veg Salad is a delicious salad that results in a large batch to enjoy over a couple of days or to take to a potluck!

Lunch consisted of the Sea Veg Salad (page 182 of Laine’s cookbook, Real Life Vegan: 10 Weeks of Complete Whole-food Meals with Gluten-free, Vegetarian, and Meat-lover Variations!). Fortunately, the recipe makes quite a large batch. This was critical as I found out that I loved that salad! Furthermore, my eldest son (25 year-old) also dished himself up a few servings. This is one of the recipes that I have made quite frequently since the detox. It has even been a big hit at potlucks. It’s easy to make, results in a large batch, and tastes delicious.

Even though I had the ingredients to make the Nutty Ginger Coleslaw (page 140), I found I enjoyed the Sea Veg Salad, and had plenty of it, that I felt no need to change to another salad. This saved me time so that I could experiment more with the supper varieties.

The Rainbow Salad (page 66) was one of the recipes I had already made in the past (before the three-day detox), so I decided to try one of the other supper choices: Apple-Avocado Salad (page 70). Over the past few years of changing my eating habits, I have found that I love avocados. And this recipe gave me another way to use this delicious fruit.

Only four ingredients, plus the dressing makes up this mouth-pleasing meal.

Only four ingredients – avocado, apples, almonds, and onions – plus the dressing makes up this mouth-pleasing meal.

You have probably already realized that I prefer meals that require very little preparation and make a large amount of food (so that I can enjoy leftovers, which Laine calls “planned-overs”). The Apple-Avocado Salad is one of the simplest salads that I’ve ever made. Don’t let the simplicity and minimal number of ingredients fool you though. This salad packs a hefty punch in the taste category. Yet another recipe I have enjoyed more than once since the detox.

The third supper choice was Quinoa and Peas Pilaf (page 88). Again, I had been prepared to make this recipe. However, I found out that I enjoyed the Apple-Avocado Salad so much, I choose to eat that for the three days instead. As a result, the Quinoa and Peas Pilaf wasn’t eaten during the three-day detox. I did make this recipe after the detox, and found it satisfying. It didn’t compare to the Sea Veg Salad or the Apple-Avocado Salad for taste. It is simple to make and can be frozen; thereby, saving on time for future meals, which is always a bonus around my house.

As with the lunch and supper menus, there were choices for the mid-afternoon snack. Just as with the lunch and supper meals, I found I enjoyed one of the choices for the mid-afternoon snacks that I didn’t bother with the other choices. This delicious choice was the Mint Mojito Cocktail (page 180).

The Mint-Mojito Cocktail is an extremely easy drink to make. I took this snack one step further by putting it into a cocktail glass. This elevated the experience to a sit-down afternoon treat rather than just a mere “snack” taken on the run. Taking the time to experience the taste allowed me to feel the sensations as the liquid made its way down my throat: cool, refreshing, tantalizing. I felt special, and this was the perfect way to award myself for the work I was putting into feeding my body the nutrients I deserved. This is yet another recipe that I have made since the detox. It puts the “elegance” into an otherwise ordinary day.

Maple Lemonade was one of the other choices for the mid-afternoon snack. It is a recipe that I have on my “must try” list. Maple syrup and lemon juice is a combination I have never tried before. It’s almost too bad that I enjoyed the Mint-Mojito Cocktail so much that I didn’t take the time to experience the Maple Lemonade!

Eating real food, and eliminating all processed food was the key to my successfully losing five pounds.

Eating real food and eliminating all processed food was the key to my successfully losing five pounds.

Since the three-day detox uses real whole food, it is safe to complete on a regular basis. My goal is to complete this detox on a monthly basis. And each time I complete the detox, I can try out one of the choices I didn’t previously make. So I know that I’ll make the effort to try the Maple Lemonade and Nutty Ginger Coleslaw. And just for the record, I lost five pounds completing this detox.

See Victoria Laine’s website for more information about her Real-Life 3-Day Food Detox and her upcoming new cookbook, Real Life Vegan: 10 Weeks of Complete Whole-food Meals with Gluten-free, Vegetarian, and Meat-lover Variations!

http://www.victoria-laine.com/

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My life changes in the blink of the eye. So I need to be flexible, adaptable, and open to new adventures at a moment's notice! Throughout all of my hardships, I'm always blessed with what I need, which usually includes angels that walk the earth wearing jeans & t-shirts. I invite you to browse my blogs to follow along as I navigate the twists and turns of life as a human on this earth.
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