We thankfully made it through week 1 of the Whole Living Cleanse with some terrible sugar cravings. We fought through but we did it!
We even managed to survive a tempting potluck dinner over the weekend by bringing our Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry Stew. It was also a hit even the babies enjoyed it. There is something to be said about potluck dinners.
We welcome week 2 with some Gluten-Free Date Oat Bars and look forward to some salmon.
It was a tough week with extremely tempting hunger cravings. We kept these at bay with the Coconut Trail Mix and Strawberry-Coconut Smoothies. It was also odd to sit for breakfast each morning with a smoothie instead of our various cereals we love to mix together and our caffeine kick.
Oddly though, giving up caffeine wasn’t as awful as it was last time. The week before the Whole Living Cleanse it is suggested to give up coffee and drink green tea or black tea in preparation.
Giving up processed foods wasn’t difficult since our intake of processed foods is limited. What makes this cleanse challenging is giving up gluten. Gluten is everywhere and what is more, gluten-free products are very expensive.
Can we get some gluten-free coupons please?
I purchased wheat free oats for $4.99/lb and oat flour was $7.99/680 grams. The fruits, veggies, lentils, nuts and seeds were reasonable although I did shop at 6 different grocery stores to try and keep the cost of the cleanse within my budget.
I did go over my weekly grocery budget this week by $35. That is a lot but we are justifying the extra money on extremely health foods. Let’s hope next week’s budget doesn’t go over.
By the end of day 3 we had much more energy. Steve and I managed to get in 4 hours of work outs. Steve played hockey and I hit the gym. I’m not going to talk about sleep because as parents of a 10 month old teething baby every few weeks we don’t get much sleep in our home all the moment.
I do have a confession, I did help my self to two servings of the Cauliflower “Rice” Stir Fry. I thought what harm can this delicious meal be after all it is extremely healthy and made with vegetables.
Week 2 seems a little more manageable with the Quinoa Porridge and Banana Oat Pancakes. I’m looking forward some more unique healthy delicious recipes.
Week 2: Breakfast
Day 8: Cardamom Quinoa Porridge
Day 9: Cardamom Quinoa Porridge
Day 10: Banana-Oat Pancakes
Day 11: Banana-Oat Pancakes
Day 12: Baked Sweet Potato With Greens
Day 13: Cardamom Quinoa Porridge
Day 14: Cardamom Quinoa Porridge
Week 2: Lunch
Day 8: Sesame Kale Salad
Day 10: Sesame Kale Salad
Day 11: Black Bean-Brown Rice Patties
Day 12: Roasted Vegetables With Quinoa
Day 13: Baked Sweet Potato With Greens
Day 14: Lemon-Herb Sardine Salad
Week 2: Dinner
Day 10: Roasted Vegetables With Quinoa
Day 11: Broccoli and Chickpea Salad
Day 12: Lemon-Herb Sardine Salad
Day 13: Broccoli and Chickpea Salad
Day 14: Sesame Kale Salad
This week suggests 10 minutes of stretching first thing in the morning and one yoga class. It will be tough but we will aim for it anyway.
Whole Living, Cherry Oat Date Bars
- Coconut or extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dried dates
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 cup smooth natural almond butter (at room temperature)
- 4 Tbsp ground flaxmeal
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 Tbsp orange juice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush an 8-by-8-inch pan with oil and line with parchment paper.
- Combine oats, cherries, dates, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, combine almond butter, flaxmeal, applesauce, honey, orange juice, and vanilla and stir to combine. Add wet mix to dry one and stir to combine. Press mixture evenly into pan with your fingers and bake on middle rack until golden brown and firm, 30 minutes. Let cool completely, then remove from pan and cut into 9 squares.
Store bars in an airtight container up to three days.