After too much eating and drinking of late, my husband and I have decided to do a mini detox diet. I came across a 3 day program on the Cooking Light website that looked achievable, so I have decided to give it a go! All the recipes come from the Cooking Light website, but I will make some adjustments to suit our eating needs! Click here to read the original article, it also contains a few guidelines and swaps for if you don’t eat something in the program. All recipes are for 1 serve so if you are doing this detox for 2, double everything! This is what we are eating for day one!
Detox Diet Breakfast
Whisk together 1 large egg, 2 egg whites, 3 quartered cherry tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil and dash salt. Scramble in skillet coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese. (130 Calories) My husband does not eat tomatoes so I added a small amount of bacon for him. I also added a handful of baby spinach leaves and omitted the Parmesan cheese to save a few calories, the dish did not miss it!
+ 1 medium banana (105 calories)
+ Coffee with 2 tablespoons 1% milk (13 calories)
Detox Diet Lunch
Rosemary Chicken Salad Combine
1 1/4 cups chopped roasted skinless chicken breast, 3 tablespoons chopped green onions, 2 tablespoons each of non fat plain Greek yogurt and light mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and dash each of salt and pepper; stir well. Serve half of chicken mixture over Quick Spinach Salad; refrigerate half for Day 3 Lunch. (206 calories)
+ Quick Spinach Salad
Toss together 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves, 7 halved cherry tomatoes, 2 teaspoons olive oil, and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar. (121 calories) For my husband who does not eat tomato, I substituted the tomato for 1/4 of a red pepper and some cucumber slices. We didn’t have any grapes, so we went with strawberries instead.
+ Grapes, 1 cup (104 calories)
Detox Diet Snack
1 apple or pear.
Detox Diet Dinner
Salmon with Herbed Quinoa
Grilled or baked salmon, 115g (206 calories)
+ Herbed Quinoa
Combine 2/3 cup cooked quinoa with 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil and dash salt. (148 calories)
+ Steamed green beans, 1 cup (44 calories)
I bought all the produce for this dish at Little Farms. I’m a bit fussy about my green beans, I only eat Australian green beans because I think they have a superior taste. The salmon is super delicious and for the quinoa part of the meal, I used a Sunrice Quinoa and Brown Rice ready in 90 seconds packet rice. Just pop in the microwave for 90 seconds, and you have perfect quinoa. I love this little kitchen short cut. Overall, this meal was SUPER simple to prepare and was actually really nice!
Day 1 Notes: Cook extra 50g of salmon and 1/2 a cup of quinoa to use for Day 2 Lunch. You can cook quinoa in fat-free, less sodium chicken stock for more flavour.