Confession: I am really bad at diets. You’re like, “Wait, what? Aren’t you always on a diet?” No, grasshopper, if you’re “always” on something, you’re not on it — it’s a change in your whole life style. Like I said before, post-surgery, it’s really easy not to eat the things that are bad for you because your body immediately rebels. That being said, I was kind of curious about the “Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse“. A) I did overeat during the holidays and B) I love Bon Appetit. Their recipes haven’t led me wrong yet.
They kindly have a two-week menu broken down into meals and grocery lists (PDF). Here’s the problem: I do not have the majority of these foods and/or ingredients already at my house. And really… wtf are pink peppercorns? harissa paste? I don’t own bamboo skewers… or whole brown mustard seeds, cardamom, or flaxseed. The chances of me going out to get them just for these two weeks are nil. However, I am with them on the spirit of the cleanse… and the oatmeal breakfasts, which I did start this week. I’m not sure if oatmeal can qualify as a recipe, but here’s what I put in mine:
Cinnamon Blueberry Oatmeal
1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup water (as per instructions)
a little 2% fat milk
2 tsp sugar
sprinkling of cinnamon
half a handful of dried blueberries
a few chopped walnuts
Cook oatmeal according to instructions. When almost done, add a little milk to give it nicer color and flavor. When I say “a little”, I mean like no more than 1/4 cup. Cook till it’s thickened to a desired consistency. Add cinnamon and sugar (to taste, really). Add dried blueberries, or other dried fruit of choice and any kind of nuts you like. Stir around for a bit, let cool before you dig in. See, told you it’s a not a “real” recipe. Not so much on the exact measurements.
Bon Appetit does have a list of detox foods to incorporate into your diet if you can’t follow their schedule, so I will probably do that instead. I just got more chickpeas and pink beans, as well as broccoli, and I do love me some sweet potatoes. Recipes will keep coming!