Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Stave off the blah this festive season

vegie loveAs we head out the door this afternoon for a wee holiday break, we thought we’d send you a quick email with a super easy one day refresh plan to give your system a bit of a reboot between Christmas and the New Year. To make it easier, you can prepare everything the day before.

Start the day with hot water and lemon. This one is a habit for life that we highly recommend.

Breakfast detox juice (make at home or from a juice bar)
2 apples
1 carrot
Handful of flat leaf parsley (or mint)
Handful of fresh spinach (or other leafy greens)
2 sticks of celery  

Mid-morning super green smoothie
Small handful baby spinach
2 cos lettuce leaves
1 kiwi fruit
1 banana
½ cup apple juice
Optional superfood like spirulina
Optional chia seeds or linseeds
Some ice cubes
Wash/peel ingredients, blend, serve.

Lunch – healthy lentil salad
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
2 tbsp walnuts, roughly chopped
½ cup tinned or cooked dry brown lentils.
Season with sea salt, lemon juice and olive oil.
Minted yoghurt dressing optional (1 tbsp of yoghurt mixed with fresh chopped mint).

Mid afternoon snack
Hummus with cucumber and capsicum sticks.

Dinner – detox salad (serves 2-3 as a main)
150g red cabbage, shredded
2 small or 1 large carrot, grated
1 apple, thinly sliced
2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 celery stick, thinly sliced
1tbsp toasted pinenuts
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp linseeds

Dressing
1tspn grated ginger
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp virgin olive oil
Little honey to taste
Serve with grilled salmon or on its own.

Dessert
Handful of fresh or frozen raspberries

Having only a juice and smoothie up until lunchtime will give your digestive system a really nice break. The lunch and dinner salad recipes are super healthy and packed with fibre, protein and good fat.

We hope you have a very happy and safe holiday season.

See you next year!
Emma

3 comments:

eleanor said...

any recipe ideas for students on a budget? most of my money goes to paying rent so i can't really afford to buy a lot of the good ingredients..

Urban Remedy said...

Here are some good tips for eating well on a budget:

- Eggs and fish are a great cheaper source of protein: you can get free-range organic eggs cheaply and basa is a good white fish for those on a budget. I bought a kilo for $7.50 the other day!

- If you can't afford to go organic with your fruit and veg, make sure you wash them carefully.

- Go for wholegrains over refined/white ones. They don't cost much more so this one is an easy transition. Bill's Organic make the best breads in my opinion! $5-6 a loaf.

- Choose your fats carefully: swap marge for butter and use extra virgin olive oil if you can (rice bran is a good cheaper oil to cook with as it has a high smoke point).

- Switch to an organic milk. This is another cheap way to eat well. If your dairy-free like me, there are some cheaper milk alternatives out there (rice/soy etc) but you may have to look around.

- Buy a Brita water filter. They last a while and this is a cheap way to make a huge difference to one of the biggest components of our diets.

Hope that helps!

Sally said...

Can you please tell me, is it bad to add a little smidge of honey to the lemon water in the morning to make it more palatable?