Best way to prepare broccoli + what I’m eating

Today marks day 12 of my cleanse and I’m still doing pretty darn well on it! I’ve definitely had my share of slip-ups (how could I not with it being Easter candy season?) but for the most part it’s been going well and I’m feeling great. I’m past the food craving portion and have moved into the loving life portion. One thing that has made this cleanse successful is that I have surrounded myself with healthy food options. Like, too much food. And that’s been good because it means I’m not getting too hungry which usually leads to either misery or late night foraging.

Here is a list of foods I’ve been eating in no particular order (remember the point of the cleanse is not starvation so it’s important to eat, eat, eat!)
Green juice– not every day but when I do it’s in the morning
-Blueberry protein shake: frozen blueberries, unsweetened almond milk, flax oil, vanilla protein powder (I’ve been using a brown rice protein)
Kale chips
-Almonds, pistachios, cashews. I try not to overdo it on nuts though.
Chia pudding. This is great for a healthy dessert! I’ve been using almond milk and omitting the peanut butter and chocolate. Just plain vanilla is good!
-My morning coffee with stevia and unsweetened almond milk.
-Lettuce wrap tacos for lunch. It’s a mix of these burgers and these burritos in a lettuce wrap. I’ll post that recipe next week although it’s pretty much just sweet potatoes and black beans
-Dinner continues to be a spinach salad with tofu and this dressing. I just love it so much.
-Edamame. I love this for an afternoon snack.
-Chocolate Peanut Butter protein shake. I can’t believe I’ve never posted this on here before because it’s one of my staples! Vanilla protein, 1-2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, some ice and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It’s so good.

I’m determined to work some broccoli into my diet too so a few days ago I got real brave and made broccoli. It turned out really good and I stood over the stove scarfing down pieces of broccoli which was a first for me. I OD’d on broccoli a few years back and have not been able to bring myself to eat it since. The cooking method was basically the same as kale chips.

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The Best Way to Prepare Broccoli

-Heat oven to 425˚F
-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
-Wash broccoli and cut it into small pieces. I find I really like little pieces. I do not care for large chunks.
-Place broccoli in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper (or add more seasonings if you like). Toss to coat.
-Spread broccoli in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
-Remove from the oven and sprinkle with lemon juice (probably optional).

I really liked this fresh out of the oven but I’m not feeling leftover broccoli so I’m still working on that. But this was a start and my husband really liked it too and has been eating it all week.

Have a glorious weekend!
Laura

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