The key to success on this cleanse is being prepared with ready-to-eat stuff in the fridge. You’ll need to pick up your groceries and then spend some time in the kitchen making up a few entrees and prepping snacks that will last through the week. Typically, I’ll make two entrees (all the recipes are fairly ample so two should last you until Friday), a bunch of quinoa, and a batch of soup. Brown rice and beans (black beans are my favorite) are great to have on hand too. And don’t worry – none of the recipes take much time at all.
Every few days I’ll bake a couple of blocks of tofu so I can have it on hand. I nibble on tofu slices throughout the course of the day and use them as chicken breast substitutes for salads and sandwiches (I make them with lettuce instead of bread). Just dry a block of tofu and slice it into 5 steaks. Marinate them in a bit of Bragg’s Amino Acids while you wait for the oven to heat to 375F. Then bake them for about 15 minutes, turn, and bake for another 15 minutes. Each steak has only about 70 calories and about 8g of protein – very efficient!
For snacks I’ll clean up some carrots and celery and make sure I’ve got fresh fruit on hand. And I keep gluten-free crackers and tortilla chips around for something to crunch on. For quick treats, I mash up an avocado with a drop of lemon juice for a simple guacamole and serve with gluten-free crackers or with gluten-free tortilla chips. And I love old-fashioned popcorn popped in a big pot on the stove - I use a bit of olive oil and it works like a charm. Nuts are great to have on hand, too – my preference has been almonds up until a few weeks ago when I started munching on raw cashews.
If you need portable foods (for lunch at the office or meals on the go), you can put some soup in a travel mug or put together a Tupperware feast of some of the entrées you’ve made. And the tofu steaks are super easy – you can eat them with your hands! I keep a baggie with almonds in my purse for hunger emergencies; gluten-free crackers work well, too.
The trick is making sure there’s something that’s always ready and within reach – it’s when you’ve run out of good food and you’re hungry that you can get into trouble. When there’s no alternative it’s easy to turn to the donuts or pretzels or whatever’s in front of you. So keep the fridge stocked and give yourself lots of options!