Part of my dietary journey this month involved a self imposed full detox from sugar, gluten, all grains and beans, processed foods, processed vegetable oils, alcohol and caffeine.
The relaxed summer slide in my diet was taking it’s toll on my waistline and having tried every diet in my past, messing with my hormones and metabolism and leaving my blood sugar levels in the pre-diabetes ballpark, when I detox I cannot roll with the fruitarian regime of three glasses of juice a day without my energy crashing and burning by 11 am. When I detox I pull out all common inflammatory foods and support my body by loading in deep and dense nutrition.
Whenever I remove all grains from my diet I begin to nervously panic about the most important meal of the day. What I would eat for breakfast?
I decided to keep things simple during my sugar detox and turned, Dr Hymans Whole Food Protein Shake from his book 10 Day Sugar Detox. Packed with healthy fats from nuts, seeds and coconut oil, rich in antioxidants from low glycemic fruits, dairy, gluten and sugar free, this shake is the perfect start to a nutritionally rich day. I made a double batch of the shake so that I could default to the same breakfast each morning at a time when the house was busy. This proved to be a good move as having my breakfast choice pre-made helped me to stick with the detox when things got hectic. I was also delighted when my daughter decided to join me in a glass of this shake in the morning. She often struggles to find an appetite first thing so to see her downing a glass of such a nutrient dense food delighted me. Keeping things easy definitely helped me to ditch all sugar!
My initial thought when making the shake were how densely packed with nutrition it is. This shake contains fruit but is not at all sweet and fruity, it is thick and rich and very very filling and resets your taste buds on a daily basis. On day one and two I had a strong urge to add a couple of drops of sweetness in the form of non-bloodsugar spiking liquid Stevia, but reminding myself that I was resetting all of my body including my taste buds, I resisted and by day three the shake tasted perfectly sweet enough. One glass of this dense nutrition kept the munchies at bay all morning and I needed to remind myself to eat a salad at lunch as I experienced zero hunger pangs or even a sense that it was time for another meal.
I tweaked the recipe a little by adding 1/2 tsp cinnamon as the spice is an aid to controlling blood sugar levels and also blending in 1/2 tsp Spirulina, the blue/green algae super food that I adore for it’s mineral content (think iodine for the thyroid gland, magnesium the relaxation mineral and blood building iron) and cleansing properties. Spirulina will also amp up the protein content of the shake. I also played fast a loose with the berries adding 1 cup of mixed berries rather than fiddling about with 1/2 cups of two different types. (Sorry Dr Mark!)
Just look at the ingredients list; this shake is rich in protein, minerals and healthy fats and gives you a daily head start to a sugar free nutritionally dense detox.
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
- 1/4 organic lemon with rind
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 raw walnuts
- 2 raw Brazil nuts
- 1/4 avocado
- 1/2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or hemp milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp powdered spirulina
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed. (This shake is a workout for your blender!)
- I doubled the recipe and enjoyed this shake four mornings in a row with no further preparation.
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