Whole Food Cleanse-Day 3
The vog (air pollution from the erupting volcano) lifted a bit today and I woke up after hibernating for nearly 10 hours feeling like a million bucks compared to yesterday. I was excited to get the day started or what was left of the day at 10:30 AM.
Just as I poured myself a small cup of coffee, a girlfriend, who lives up the street, called and said she was outside my house and invited me to join her for a hike. Just about a five-minute walk from my house is a trail up into the rainforest. After about an hour of hiking, I not only worked up a sweat but also mean appetite! All I could think about was the Sweet Bread French Toast with Guava Syrup I had made on our trip to the Big Island. Of course it’s something I can’t eat for another 11 days!
Whole Food Cleanse: Day 3
Brunch (for the third day in a row) was Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with a side of papaya filled with blueberries.
Snack: A Candy Apple Banana and a small sample of what I was making for dinner
I had a lot of left over ingredients from making yesterday’s salad so I dumped them in a pot and cooked up a thick, chunky soup for dinner. With a hint of lime and Chipotle, it’s both savory and peppery…and satisfying. It’s tempting to eat this right away because of how good it smells while it’s cooking but let it simmer for at least 1 hour for flavors to blend. Although I cooked this on the stove top, this would be a great recipe to make in a slow cooker! I’m gonna try that next time for sure.
Again, I thought tortilla chips would have gone great with this but since that’s off the menu for a while, I tossed on some of those roasted sunflower nuts from yesterday’s salad. It did the trick! This soup is so yummy I had to have seconds
Dinner: Southwestern Black Bean and Rice Soup
Super Food Ingredient: Black Beans
- Beans are a great source of protein with very low-fat content.
- They are also rich in cholesterol lowering fiber. The high fiber content also prevent blood sugar levels from rising too fast after eating, making beans an excellent choice for people with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.
- Black beans also protect against cancer. Studies show women who eat beans or lentils two or more times a week reduced the risk of developing breast cancer by 24%.