Kale Kleanse Kale-O-Mole!

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Here’s a nutrient-dense, high-fiber, super-filling, extremely-delicious kale recipe. A couple of ingredients are not on the shopping list for the week, so if you’re close to a good grocery store, try this weekend treat in place of your salad. Please always get organic or local produce.

Ingredients

3 cups of packed kale – chopped finely in a food processor

1/4 cup (or to taste) onions – put onion and garlic in a food processor together to finely chop

2 garlic cloves (or to taste)

2 avocados – sliced in halves

1 cup organic salsa (I used 365 organic medium salsa or make your own)

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt (this salt is actually full of minerals and good for you in small quantities)

10 carrot sticks

10 celery sticks

10 red bell pepper sticks (sliced in long strips)

Place the chopped kale in a mixing bowl, add onion and garlic combination, scoop out avocado halves into the bowl, add salsa, lemon juice and sea salt. Mix it all up and smash your avocado gently into the mix.

Dip celery, carrot and red bell pepper sticks into the Kale-O-Mole and enjoy!

My ten year old son LOVES this recipe and that’s saying a lot considering it’s raw, mostly green and packed with healing nutrients.

Please let me know what you think and how you’re doing.

Kale Kleanse Mid-way Treat!

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I hope you are doing great on your Kleanse. I know it’s been a lot of green, which is perfect to give your body the nutrients it needs to be healthy, but we all need a treat, right? So for the weekend, try this yummy baked apple recipe. This is one serving. It’s best when slightly warm from the oven, just like apple pie!

1 red apple (any variety) cubed

1/4 cup of chopped nuts

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of water

1 drop of Stevia

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix the lemon juice, water, 1 drop of Stevia and cinnamon, whisk together. Toss apples and chopped nuts in the lemon juice mixture. Bake in the oven in a shallow baking dish or pie dish, un- covered, at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft.

This is such a tasty recipe. It will be a nice break for you during your Kleanse, and it will keep you on track! Replace one snack with this recipe each day. Maybe during that afternoon slump?

Please send questions or comments. I’d love to support you and hear how things are going.


 

 

Kale Kleanse Kick-off

How did Day 1 go on the Kleanse?

Did your chicken, kale salad and veggies fill you up?

Please send me your comments and your questions. I want to support you to get Klean and make new habits that will help relieve cravings and encourage whole-body health.

Stay with it! You can do this. Health and nutrition are a choice. Let’s get well, let’s get strong and let’s do it now!

The Kale Kleanse starts tomorrow- Recipes

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

Olive Oil

Wheat-free tamari

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.

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.

 

Kale Kleanse Shopping List

 

Green smoothie picThe Kale Kleanse starts Monday! I hope you are ready to get Klean after some holiday indulgences and excited to feel leaner after this awesome 7 day, nutrient dense, fat-burning program.

Want to prep your kitchen? Great idea. Start by cleaning out the processed foods (any easy, go-to bag or box that might break you in a moment of weakness) and then go shopping. Here’s what you’ll need for 7 days (these estimates could vary per person and are for 1 person)

12-14 heads of Kale (about 2 per day, depending on size)
7 green apples
7 apples (any type)
7 pears
Blueberries, fresh or frozen 2-3 cups
Yellow, red or orange bell peppers (7 total)
7 cucumbers
7 jicama
1 lb of carrots
1 jar of tahini (sesame seed butter) and/ or raw almond butter
7 3-4 ounce servings of poultry protein
Vegetarian option- homemade hummus- 1/4 cup serving times 7
Protein powder- please get organic (for smoothies)
10 lemons

That’s a lot of healthy food! There’s no need to be hungry to lose weight and get healthy.

Depending on your location to a grocery store, buy your groceries as close to the day that your going to eat them as possible. Planning on at least two shopping days during the kleanse will help keep things fresh and nutrient dense. Always buy organic when possible.

Here’s the first Kale Kleanse smoothie recipe

4 cups of tightly packed, washed kale (remove stems)

2 green apples

1 lemon

2 cups of water

Place all ingredients into a Vitamixer or high power blender. It’s an option to add 2 tablespoons of almond butter or 1 scoop of protein powder to a smoothie. This recipe should make enough smoothie for one day, if you need more, it’s fine to have more, but only add the almond butter or protein powder to one smoothie a day. This is a delicious and nutrient dense smoothie that’s full of fiber and great for your body.

Please send questions! I’m excited to hear how the Kale Kleanse goes for you!

The Kale Kleanse is Coming!

 

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The biggest force that keeps us from living the life we want is that voice in our head that tells us we can’t. Let’s overcome the reasons that we think we can’t make changes to our diet and exercise routine and focus on the reasons that we can make change.

Scientifically created foods and technology have created the perfect storm for the destruction of our health. Ironically, because we are so busy with all of our great advances in medicine, the internet and convenient food, we are too busy to see that we are actually killing ourselves. We must take time daily for food, physical and mental connection and health. We can relieve ourselves of pain and sickness without pharmaceuticals if we can see the importance of this in our daily lives. Without our health, we have nothing.

It’s never too late, you’re never too old, it’s always your choice.

The Kale Kleanse starts Monday, January, 12th. Here’s what a day on the Kale Kleanse will look like:
7:00 – Wake up – 1/2 lemon in 16 ounces of water

7:30 – Breakfast – Kale smoothie (notice this is a smoothie, not juice, we want the fiber)

10:30 – Snack – Apple with tahini

1:30 – Lunch – A 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 – Evening meal – 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 evening meal to breakfast, allowing our digestive system to rest.

Are you ready to Kleanse?