What are you doing this weekend? How does this sound…..Detox. Rejuvenate. Heal. That’s exactly what I did 2 weekends ago when I completed Dr. Oz’s 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse. What started out as a
skeptical very skeptical project, turned into a great journey with surprisingly, pretty good recipes! <— (I’m serious! I’m still drinking the detoxing fruit drink today!)
When I read the recipe for breakfast – quinoa with chopped prunes, I thought… ok, ok, I love quinoa. But the prunes?! Let’s just say this skeptic is now a prune lover! In fact, oatmeal raisin cookies will never be the same again!
Dr. Oz’s 48-hour cleanse is summed up perfectly on his website. To avoid that thing called copyright infringement and save me some time, just go to that site for all the details and benefits of detox as well as the recipes. I’ll share with you some pictures of the yummy recipes and my progress here instead!
Why should you try the 48-hour cleanse?
1 – It’s only 48 hours. Do the math – 48 hours, minus sleep leaves you only 32 hours to follow some very simple recipes. You can do it!
2 – You may try a new ingredient, or two. for me this was the fennel! Not bad – tastes like black licorice before it’s cooked!
3- You may like the new ingredients! for me this was prunes! I feel old to say I like prunes but the truth is, these sweet, sticky gems are packed with antioxidants and a low glycemic index according to The World’s Healthiest Foods.
4 – Why not? You have 363 other days in the year to eat whatever you want. Why not test yourself with something new in 2014!?
BREAKFAST – Breakfast for both days was a quinoa dish with chopped prunes, ginger, nutmeg, milk and oil. Think of this as oatmeal with warm fruit!
DETOX DRINK– This was a blast of fruit – 1 cup pineapple juice, 1 cup pomegranate juice, 1 squeezed lemon and 3 cups water…
Add some vodka and enjoy! Ok, so no vodka – this is a detox weekend, remember!
LUNCH – Lunch was a smoothie. Contents: almond milk, blueberries, flaxseed and banana. <— see I told you it is easy!
SNACKS– I just love snacks. Especially when followed with “You can consume as many of these snacks as you’d like throughout the day.” Dr. Oz says eat, eat, eat! There are many veggies on Dr. Oz’s list. I had cucumber, celery and radishes (<— NOT a fan of those red crunchy things!) tossed in a lemon, olive oil and spice dressing. Very Tasty!
DINNER – Up to this point in the day I was actually happy with Dr. Oz. I didn’t think the recipes would be so easy AND good! When I saw the grocery list for the dinner: vegetable broth soup, my skeptism grew.
Cabbage, a lot of cabbage and fennel. Two things I #1 have never cooked with and #2 have rarely eaten (if ever!).
So the chopping began. All the veggies got chopped up and put in a large pot. I never knew how long it would take to chop veggies! After about 30 minutes of simmering, my tummy started to rumble and I was ready to eat! It smelled amazing!!! But I had to wait… so I drank more of the detox drink! 🙂
When dinner was ready, I had a very tasty (and healthy!) vegetable broth. Think about the veggie broths you buy in the store. They are packed with sodium and “extra stuff.” This is the real deal. Homemade vegetable broth!
One thing to note about the soup is that one recipe of it makes enough soup for BOTH days. I assumed it made enough for 1 like the rest of the recipes so I bought 2 of everything. Luckily I LOVED the soup so much I made it again with the leftovers!
At the end of the 48 hours I can say I did feel better. I’ve had the sniffles on and off with this weather and felt refreshed. I didn’t feel tired but pumped for the week (ok maybe the “pumped” was for other foods!). I think this detox is super easy and doable. No crazy ingredients you won’t ever use again. I will definitely do the Dr. Oz 48-hour weekend cleanse again this year as a way to reset and refocus. Oh I also took advantage of my Groupon for hot yoga at Birkram and felt even better!
So if you don’t already have plans this weekend, consider doing this cleanse. If you can’t this weekend, schedule it soon! Your body and mind will thank you.