It’s time to get Kale Klean! I know it seems intimidating to eat so specifically for a week, but if you jump in and stay on the program, you’ll have big rewards at the end of the week including shedding some pounds, reducing cravings and fortifying your body in the very best of ways.
Cleaning up your diet, eating specifically and cleansing your body is a great start to the new year and a new you! You can do this. Take it one meal at a time and remember to eat all of the veggies you want. You will have more energy, less hunger and your week will fly by if you eat plenty of veggies at meals.
The things we’re specifically avoiding this week include gluten, sugar, dairy, grains, chocolate and coffee. Getting these craving-causers out of your meals for the week will help you identify what might be causing you some problems.
After the 7 days, if you want to reintroduce some of these foods, do it slowly, no more than 1 restricted food every 3 days. It’s a mini-elmination diet and you can handle it for such a short period of time. Just stay with the program and notice how you’re feeling. Keeping a food journal on a cleanse and following a cleanse can be a huge help.
Seasonings and condiments for the Kale Kleanse
Apple Cider Vinegar
Simply organic taco seasoning
Sweat Leaf stevia – liquid
Herbs de Provence
Salad dressing recipe
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup of water
1/2 lemon juice or
2 tablespoons of wheat free tamari
1/2 tablespoon Herbs De Provence
3 drops of Sweet Leaf stevia
Place all ingredients in a jar, shake to mix
Tasty Taco Chicken Breasts and Kale Salad
2 chicken breasts
1/2 packet of Simply Organic taco seasoning (following directions on packet for half the packet, add to chicken)
Place chicken breasts in a 9×9 baking pan, add the mixed taco seasoning, cook covered at 350 for 25 minutes, then uncovered for 10 minutes, or until cooked through or until thermometer reads 165.
Cut chicken breasts in two, you want a 3-4 ounce serving size for each meal. This first recipe should give you 4 lunches, depending on the size of the breasts and if you are not sharing. Cut into bite size pieces, add to your kale salad.
Recommendation: Wash and prepare all vegetables so they are easy for you to grab and throw together in a salad in less than 5 minutes. It’s like your own personal salad bar. Place prepared veggies in storage containers in your refrigerator and you’ve got quick meals and snacks at hand.
2 cups kale (stems removed) add 2 tablespoons of salad dressing and massage the dressing into the kale until it softens. This will make the kale tastier.
1/4 cup chopped bell peppers (any color except green)
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup chopped celery
Toss your chicken in, add 1 more tablespoon of dressing and YUM, you’ve got a perfect meal. This salad is a perfect portion of protein, nutrients, vitamins and fiber. Eat up and eat even more salad (not chicken) if you’re still hungry.
Here’s a reminder of a day on the Kale Kleanse
7:00 – Wake up – 1/2 lemon in 16 ounces of water
7:30 – Kale smoothie for breakfast (notice this is a smoothie, not juice, we want the fiber, here’s the link to the smoothie recipe in case you missed it: https://mardeecalkins.com/2015/01/11/kale-kleanse-shopping-list/)
10:30 – Apple with tahini snack
1:30 – lunch LARGE Kale Salad (as much as you want) with 3-4 ounce protein serving
4:30 – snack jicama or celery (as much as you want) with 1/4 cup almonds or almond butter 2 tablespoons
7:30 – Kale smoothie
Glass of water with lemon and supplements by 9:00
Bed by 10ish- getting sleep is so important, especially when we are kleansing.
We are eating every 3 hours with a 12 hour fast from supper to breakfast, allowing our digestive system to rest.
Let me know how you’re doing on the Kale Kleanse! You will be leaner, lighter and Kleaner in 7 days.