Hey all! Turkey Day is almost here! How is that possible? Where has November even gone? I am still working on the after Thanksgiving 3-day body reset plan to get us all back on track before the indulgences of the Christmas holiday suck us in so we won't fill on out ;) But, until then, I thought I'd share this easy and healthy one-day meal plan to help us prepare for the big feast on Thursday since I'll be doing it anyway! It's more fun with friends so invite someone and make room for extra turkey (tofurkey?) and fixins on Thanksgiving.
Oh and this is just what I’m doing so I invite you to join me. I’m NOT a doctor or nutritionist. But, I do love whole plant based foods from the earth and know they’re incredibly nourishing. And, by not snacking all day and having proper meals, I feel so much better giving my body time to digest each meal. Ok, disclaimer over :)
OPERATION DEBLOAT MENU
Upon rising: Enjoy a full glass of room temperature water (ideally with a dairy-free probiotic). Then have a warm mug of water with 1/2 of a lemon squeezed in.
When hungry: Make your smoothie (2 options below) or have a bowl of gluten free oatmeal with 1-2 chopped and pitted medjool dates and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
If you exercised, make this one: 1.5 cups almond milk, handful of greens (spinach/kale), protein powder (or 3tbsp hemp seeds), 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen berries, dash of cinnamon. Blend and enjoy!
Otherwise, have this: Kimberly Snyder's Glowing Green Smoothie: 1 1/2 cups water
1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped, 3 to 4 stalks organic celery or 1 small cucumber, 2 handfuls spinach, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 frozen banana, juice of 1/2 fresh lemon. Have the whole thing or save half for a snack midday or breakfast the next morning.
Lunch: Nourishing Kale Salad: Massage 1/2 container of organic curly kale with 1/2 avocado and squeeze of lemon juice until thoroughly coated. Top with veggies like cucumber, tomato and radish. Garnish with sprouts and pumpkin (pepita) seeds. Sprinkle with chili flakes for a metabolism boost.
Dinner: A light, low-sodium veggie soup like this: 4 cups reduced sodium veggie broth, 2 cloves fresh garlic (minced), chopped zucchini, carrots, celery and sweet potato, can of fire roasted tomatoes (no salt added), salt and pepper, favorite herbs. Sautee garlic in a little oil, add veggies, dried herbs if using, and sear. Then, add in the tomatoes and veggie broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered until sweet potatoes can be pierced with a fork. Top with lots of fresh herbs like parsley and basil and a squeeze of fresh lemon to brighten the dish. Serve with gluten free crackers like Mary's Gone Crackers.
Keep it raw by having this lemon-y hemp salad with arugula: 1/2 container of arugula (rocket), 1/2 avocado, chopped cucumber (leave skin on for pretty skin as it’s loaded with zinc!), chopped apple or pear, fresh mint, sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup hemp seeds. Keep it super light by dressing with a squeeze of lemon or lime.
.Before bed: Caffeine free tea (like rooibos, Pukka Detox or mint)
*If hungry between meals, drink a full glass of water. If you're still hungry, eat as many veggies as you'd like or a serving of fruit. Maybe a handful of almonds. Enjoy a cup or two of green tea throughout the day for a boost.
Go to bed feeling light and energized and ready to give thanks for this beautiful life with friends and family :)