Clean half way through

Jan 19th, 2016

Clean half way through

That is me halfway through the ‘Clean’ diet program I mentioned earlier this month.

I’m in two minds about it at the moment. Firstly, I actually feel pretty good, which I suppose is hardly surprising as I have been eating a super healthy diet with no coffee, alcohol, red meat etc and taking loads of exercise. Secondly, I’m not really sure that I subscribe to some of the more weird and wonderful rules you are supposed to stick to. I mean – why no tomatoes, or bananas (I love bananas)? And why the insistence that it is better to drink juiced fruit and veg rather eating them whole? I was always under the impression that whole was better as more fibre.

Anyway – I have pretty much kept to it, apart from I have to have my ‘solid’ meal of the day in the evening to avoid ending up eating my duvet during the night.

I’ve come up with a meal which obeys the rules and has been my staple (rather than some of the awful sounding recipes in the Clean book). Make a salad with brown rice, chopped celery, chopped cucumber, grated carrot, pine nuts, raisins, peas and sweetcorn (frozen, cooked and chilled). Dress with balsamic vinegar. Serve salad with a green vegetable and a portion of protein (grilled salmon, chicken, sea bass etc.) Tasty and nutritious – but I have to say would be better with tomatoes in the salad….

The drink in the picture is actually very nice. Puree a punnet of raspberries and pass through a sieve to remove the seeds. Add powdered Stevia leaf (natural sweetener) to taste. Add almond milk (vegan) to the puree and blend with a hand blender until frothy. Healthy and low calorie too.

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