Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Easy Bake

Healthy Girl Cleanse: The Shopping List

Written by Hillary Paul Halpern
cleanselist.jpgA gentle cleanse gets you back on track after too much unhealthy eating. The intention behind this five-day project was to give my body a rest and thank it for all the amazing things it does for me by feeding it only the most nutritious, easy-to-digest foods. That meant avoiding: meat, fish, dairy, soy, wheat/gluten, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, all chemicals, including preservatives. And enjoying plenty of fresh and dried fruits, veggies, beans and legumes, nuts, eggs, gluten-free grains like quinoa and brown rice, caffeine-free, all-natural teas, kombucha!

Healthy Girl Cleanse: Day One

Written by Hillary Paul Halpern
Apple.jpgI've come across plenty of green juice recipes that involve all kinds of ingredients. This one keeps it super-simple and tastes absolutely delicious! You can play with the ratio of spinach to apple to make your juice tarter (more apple) or milder (more spinach.)

Packed with vitamins A and C, calcium and iron, this fresh juice is a great natural source of energy, as your bod can absorb the vitamins and minerals almost immediately. I suggest drinking some first thing in the morning or right after a workout.


Healthy Girl Cleanse: Day Two

Written by Hillary Paul Halpern
Eggplant.jpgYou can pretty much take whatever you have in the fridge and on the shelf and come up with a combo of veggies that works for this salad. The beauty of using quinoa to hold it all together is that you get a healthy dose of both fiber and protein, which work together to fill you up and keep you satiated. This time, I used eggplant, zucchini and squash because that's what I was using for my Veggie Stacks with Quinoa Cakes. I roasted all the veggies at the same time to keep things simple, and I had leftover salad for 2 days! On the second day, I added a grilled chicken breast slathered in chili sauce for an absolutely delish early dinner that kept me full all night (which is pretty phenomenal, 'cause The Midnight Snack has long been my favourite meal.)

Healthy Girl Cleanse: Day Three

Written by Hillary Paul Halpern
Bsprouts.JPGI know, I know, you're probably thinking that brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes sound like a terrible idea for a snack, but I have news for you, ladies and gentlemen: you're wrong, and I'm right--they're delish, especially together! This combo became my snack of choice last summer, when I was babysitting for a couple of families and spending alot of time at the Brooklyn zoo. Snacktime by the sea lions' pool became a regular routine, and I'm proud to say I actually got a couple of discerning two-year-olds to try a weird new vegetable! If you're transporting them, I must warn you that cooked brussels sprouts smell a little...unpleasant after they've been confined to a baggie or a tupperware container. I found this out the hard way when I got some nasty looks on the subway.

Healthy Girl Cleanse: Day Four

Written by Hillary Paul Halpern
Lentil.JPGDiscouraged after many attempts at veg-friendly mushroom meatballs, I turned my attention to a similar goal of making a substantial meal out of meat- and soy-free ingredients. I worked on these lentil burgers during my 5-day cleanse (full meal plan and tips coming soon, I promise!) so they had to be gluten- and dairy-free as well, and made from easy-on-the-bod ingredients.

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