When my alarm went off at 6 this morning, I felt tears instantly well up inside me. Is anyone else so not ready for 2015 to start? Usually I look forward to the start of the new year to set new goals, make lists, get organized. Even after nearly a week and a half off from work, I still feel like I need another week to get myself mentally prepared and ease back into things. However, if there is one thing I’m ready for it’s some serious healthy eating. After two months of eating grilled cheese at work, or not getting a chance to eat and then binging on cookies at night, I do not want to look at another carb…for the next few days at least. Which is why Kevin and I are embarking on a 3-day “clean eating cleanse”. I came across the book Clean Slate by the editors of Martha Stewart the other day and felt like it was the answer to my anti-2015 prayers. Not just a cookbook, it breaks down “clean eating” to the basics and provides an action plan for a 3 or 21-day cleanse. We’re doing the 3-day cleanse as a trial and depending how it goes (i.e. how badly I’m jonesing for a glass of wine), we may go for the 21-day cleanse next.
So first up is this Strawberry-Ginger smoothie. Which was quite good! The key for this was to prep all the fruit last night so we didn’t have to chop all those strawberries and grapefruit at 6:30 AM. I’m a little nervous that I’ll be hungry for lunch very early, but I brought a couple clementines to snack on just in case I’m on the brink of digging into a wheel of cheddar at work. So here’s to 2015 – I’m not ready for you yet, but maybe with this cleanse I can fake it ’til I make it.
Strawberry-Ginger Smoothie adapted from Clean Slate
makes 1 smoothie
1 cup strawberries, hulled
1/3 grapefruit, peeled, seeded & chopped
1/3 gala apple, cored and chopped
1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.