We’ve been gifted with a non-freezing day for the last day of our cleanse and our first ever day of all juice, yea!!! Here’s our food for the day:
Kale, Cucumber, Cilantro, Celery, Apple, Lemon, Ginger, Mint
An interesting thing happened this week. As my husband and I started to discuss how we’d like to continue the “Clean” lifestyle after this 3 week cleanse I found myself starting to cheat. I’m not talking coffee and french fries but maybe an organic brown rice cake smothered in almond butter and covered with blueberries after I’ve had a very filling lunch. While all those foods are “on program”, my purpose for this cleanse is to give my body a break, to abstain from the special little something after my lunch, this is a detox not an all you can eat buffet.
I am happy to explore the 1,001 clean chocolate-y dessert options out there, in fact I just ordered this Gnosis chocolate. But AFTER this three week experiment is over – in the meantime, my husband and I are discussing our strong finish to this 21 day food journey.
We’ve agreed for our last day to juice all day – no food, just green juice. My husband is pushing to juice for day 20 AND 21, he’s so hard core! I am not hard core and I’m not very nice when I’m hungry, so I countered with smoothies AND juices for days 20 and 21. Stay tuned to see how we decided to glowingly glide across our finish line.
My husband and I had a breakfast date today. We love stealing an hour in the morning, getting out of the house and enjoying time alone away from the demands of the day and all without having to call (or pay for) a babysitter. Obviously there was no gazing at each other over warm cups of coffee THIS morning (although it was cold and rainy and that would have been nice)….
instead, our favorite coffee place also happens to make green juices! They also carry these bars pictured above. I’ve been very curious to see what those Texas made bars are all about but when croissants and muffins are in the continuer below these bars, guess which snack I usually choose.
Not today my friends, I ordered my green juice and choose my “energy bar” – “Fabulous Ginger Peach”, my husband went with the blueberry one. Both were really good, I preferred my peach one but I’d happily eat either flavor again. Ingredients were all “Clean” approved, however eating a lot of dried fruit (due to sugar) is discouraged, this kind of occasional splurge is just fine. The texture was good, kind of fruit leather-ish with the occasional soft soaked nut crunch. No chalk-y anything or weird after taste or strange after-effects, it’s a winner folks.
Another bar we’ve given a whirl is the “go macro” bar. “Sweet Rejuvenation” cashew butter bar was our flavor choice, I usually choose flavors based on which box looks the most empty at Whole Foods – very scientific, yes? Our take on the bar is that it’s good, the taste and texture are very candy bar-esque without crazy sweet-ness. It’s very filling, very satisfying and left us with horrific stomach cramps. So, I’ll be passing on that in the future.
Overall, energy bars should probably be treated as a last resort. “Clean” seems to support the motto to stay away with anything that has a label. Our goal is to be ingesting whole foods that are freshly prepared BUT if faced with a buttery croissant do whatever has to be done.