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Remember the Chia Pet commercials in the early 70s? Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Joseph Pedott was the brains behind the quirky pet. He bought a failing chia seed company and paired it along with a terra-cotta dog and the result was one of the most successful original infomercials of all time.

What he didn’t tell you is that you could eat the chia seeds and forget trying to grow the disturbing figure (which never worked anyway – the seeds always fell off leaving my chia rabbit looking like a chemo patient)

No need to find them in an infomercial. You can get chia seeds anywhere, now that they are known as a super food.

Leave it to Native Americans to teach us how to eat – they have been consuming it for hundreds of years.

Once ounce of chia seeds contains:

  • 4 grams of protein
  • 11 grams of dietary fiber
  • Omega-3 fatty acid contents higher than any other seeds, even flax

This little guys have more iron than spinach, more antioxidants than blueberries and more calcium than milk!

And, unlike flax, the chia seed does not need to be ground to help the body assimilate the nutrients. You can literally throw it into just about anything and you can get all the benefits without much work or altering the taste of food.

Another cool benefit of the chia seed is that it can absorb 10x its weight in water. There are ingenious recipes out there (many for overnight oatmeal and pudding) that takes advantage of this property. You can add bulk without many calories. Its gelatinous texture is also good for the gut: its high fiber content and gel consistency helps it move through the digestive track and “clean up” along the way.  Cool.


How do I use it?  I throw it into every smoothie, use it in my Banana Chia Seed Pudding, add it to cooked oatmeal (don’t cook the seeds), and make overnight oats with it.  Check out Oh She Glows for some great overnight oat recipes.

If you haven’t used them before, start simple. Just add them to things your already make. When you feel inspired, get cooking!

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I’m cracking up at myself – totally forgot to post this yesterday. Major brain fart.

Good luck keeping it clean this weekend! We’ve just started getting back in the swing of things, so don’t give up now….

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Today didn’t go exactly like the other days. It started off just fine, with a nice green smoothie, one of my own creation:

Dalai’s Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 5 medium strawberries
  • 1/4 medium orange
  • 2 medium lucinato Kale leaves
  • pinch of stevia
  • Ice

Then I was off to Hot Yoga. I felt really good in it today, as opposed to Thursday, when I felt like a weakling. When I came home, however, I was STARVING at 11:00. I didn’t have anything to make Junger Clean lunch, so I decided to make myself a veggie scramble:

Zucchini and Swiss Chard Veggie Scramble

  • 2 organic eggs, beaten with salt and pepper
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 large swiss chard leaf, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed

I sauted the zucchini and swiss chard in olive oil and added the pressed garlic. I threw some spices on the veggies, and when they were soft, I added the eggs and tossed until cooked through. It isn’t pretty, but tastes great.

This eleven o’clock meal was good and gone by 2:00. At 3:00 I was ready to eat lick the scraps out of my dog’s bowl. So, I decided to make myself a proper lunch: 4 ounces of sushi grade yellow fin tuna over cabbage. I seared the tuna in a little olive oil and organic tamarin and sauted the cabbage in tamarin, cardamon and a little turmeric. Here is my second lunch:

I really wasn’t hungry at 7:00, but I knew I would regret not eating, so dinner was cold cucumber soup, a recipe from the Junger CLEAN book:

Cold Cucumber Soup

  • 1 1/2 cucumbers, peeled and seeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 lemon (not just juice)
  • 2 T pine nuts
  • 2 T mint leaves
  • 1/2 t sea salt

Blend until smooth.

I added a little hot sauce for a little zip. This soup had a great taste. Since it is customary to eat cucumber soup cold, it worked great. Eating his other soups room temperature that normally should be hot just doesn’t work for me.  Cold butternut squash – Yuck.

While I was at home sipping my cold soup, Dalai Dan took the kids for Mexican and ice cream. Cruel.  He knows my last meal would be chips and queso….

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I was looking through my photos to write this post and all my meals looked exactly the same. I flipping can’t recall one smoothie from the next. So, here’s how I think it shook out:

Breakfast was Junger’s Green Smoothie:

  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • pinch of stevia
  • ice

We had a crazy day with kids sports and in the middle of it I had to play a fundraiser basketball game.  I HAD NOT PLAYED BASKETBALL SINCE 8th GRADE.  And I sucked at it then.  These rare photos are the only evidence that the Dalai Lina ever wore knee high basketball socks.

Look at that vertical jump.

Number 23’s at it again with her wicked guarding.

That’s going to be all net, baby.

I was completely frightened I would make an ass of myself, or at the very least dislocate my knee (which I have done no less than 5 times).  And I sure as hell wasn’t going to let myself to pass out on the court do to lack of nutrients, so I allowed myself to have an apple and almond butter for a snack .  They were one of these apples…

When I got home I was starving and scarfed this down:

This is Junger’s spiced rubbed lamb chops that I LOVED.  I ate it with the last of my quinoa and some sauted zucchini.

Dinner was the rest of the mushroom and miso soup:

I’m still feeling good. The evening are still the hardest. Especially around 8 or 9 0’clock when my measly dinner has long been digested.

Oh, and that fundraiser basketball game? I threw two interceptions (can you throw an interception in basketball?), went for three shots that never even touched the rim, and had a left breast injury from my opponent’s elbow. All and all I would say it was a great success 🙂

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Are you guys getting tired of this? I’m getting tired of eating like this, so I imagine you are. I’m not the kind of blogger that thinks my life is overly exciting and needs to post inane details of my existence…

But, I will continue to use the internet for my benefit and force you all to be my group support.

This smoothie really sucked. I had to choke it down. Too healthy.

Coconut Milk Tropical Smoothie (don’t let the title fool you – it tasted like crap)

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup Mango and Pineapple combined
  • 2 Kale leaves
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • Ice
  • Pinch stevia

Blend until smooth.

I think since I had not soaked my chia seeds before, they absorbed all of the liquid and it was too gelatinous.

Lunch, as you may recall, was eaten with Thomas at school for his Star of the Week. Since I didn’t have tome to cook anything, I picked up a chicken breast and steamed veggies. I added some of my tabouli quinoa. At this point, my taste buds have reassimilated and the sweetness of carrots never tasted to good….

This dinner smoothie tasted MUCH better. I know I need to juice more, but it has been hard for me to agree to a cup of beet juice for dinner over a smidge of sweetness from some berries.

Strawberry, Blueberry and Kale Smoothie

  • 1 cup homemade almond milk (someday I’ll teach you)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 4 medium strawberries
  • 2 kale leaves
  • Pinch of stevia
  • Ice

Blend until smooth. (Do I really need to keep reminding you this essential step? I feel like I am assuming you are dumb)

I was very proud of myself – I went to two little parties last night and managed to stay away from the wine and appetizers. I had a couple of asparagus stalks and 3 grape. Well done, if I do say so myself!

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I decided that I would try to make myself a heartier smoothie for breakfast in hopes that it will stick with me longer. It wasn’t at nutritious as a big green monster smoothie with kale, but IT WAS SO YUMMY!  Even you non cleansers would have loved it.

Almond Oatmeal Banana Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 T almond butter
  • 1 small frozen banana (don’t forget to freeze those overripe bananas!)
  • 1 T pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats

Blend until smooth

They really don’t want you to have bananas because of the sugar (then my rebel self added maple syrup), but the Dalai needed a little morning lift.

After breakfast I went to hot yoga.  I could tell my stamina was off.  I was struggling!  The only thing that kept me going was the thought of sweating all those toxins out.

After yoga I had to rush to a doctor appointment to get some unsightly spider veins injected.  See, this is why I detox, so I can inject myself with chemicals and feel ok about it.  Well, I wasn’t thinking and wore capri jeans.  I never had a chance to come back and change all day and had to sport these babies sticking out of my pants.  Dalai Dan was horrified when he came home and didn’t even say hello before he gasped, “Good God, what are you wearing?”

I was ready for lunch and decided to thaw some lamb chops.  Junger gives recipes for fish, chicken and lamb that you can eat only at lunch.  Since I have 1/2 lamb in my freezer from my friends farm, I thought it was time to use some.  The recipe allows for 2 lamb chops, which looked like a lot at first, but when you dig into them, there wasn’t much more than 4 ounces of meat.

The rub on this lamb was so incredibly good, I would totally use it again!

Lamb Chop Rub

  • 1/4 t. ground cardamom
  • 1/4 t. ground cumin
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ground ginger
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 t. sea salt

Mix rub together.

Coat two chops with pressed garlic on each side (1 garlic clove a piece).  Cover both sides in the rub using 1/2 of the dry rub (save the rest for later!)

After sauteing them in a little olive oil 5 minutes a side, I used the same pan to saute a bunch of swiss chard.  A little tabouli quinoa, and lunch was served…

I was still hungry so I made myself a little bowl of sauted cabbage with cardamom and turmeric.  My nails are still yellow.

I had a huge thing of mushrooms that needed to be used, so I made mushroom miso soup (water, miso, mushrooms, salt, cook and then puree in blender)  I figured that way it was still a “liquid” meal, right?

A little vegetable juice to round out the meal, and I was STUFFED!  (just kidding)

How do I feel? Pretty damn good! I’m getting a little tired of preparing food. I may have to go out for lunch soon because the amount of dishes I’m creating is ridiculous…

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I saw the light today. Sometime around 2:00 my dullness lifted and I felt a surge of energy. I think I’m almost out of the woods. It usually takes me about 3 days to get out of a cleanse fog. My body must finally give up the thought that it is going to be constantly fed and it starts thinking of other ways to keep up my energy supply. I think by now I have surpassed the carb/sugar cravings. We will see tomorrow…that will be telling.

So, this morning it was a Blueberry, Chia Seed Smoothie:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 heaping T soaked chia seeds (did you know soaking brings out the beneficial enzymes?)
  • 3 smallish lacinato kale leaves
  • ice
  • pinch of stevia
Blend until smooth

It’s hard to make blueberries and kale look appetizing, but this was a yummy smoothie…

For lunch, it was more fish! Today it was:

  • 4 oz wild salmon, sauted with salt and pepper
  • Sauted broccolini with garlic
  • Tabouli quinoa (another awesome quinoa recipe)

The good thing is that I didn’t want to kill my children today. I only made Annabelle cry once when I told her I didn’t like tattlers. I also lied to them and told them I had hidden video cameras in their rooms and I could go play the tape if I wanted to see who really wrote of the wall…

Is lying bad?

Anyway, thank God I’m about to go to bed, because my liquid dinner is all used up. I’ll be dreaming of food tonight for sure.

Tropical Smoothie:

  • 1 cup coconut milk (blend water and meat from young coconut. Will yield approx 2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup pineapple and mango combined
  • 2 inch piece of banana
  • 1 mammoth swiss chard leaf
  • 1 T soaked chia seeds (this adds lots of fiber, by the way)
  • Ice
  • pinch of stevia

Blend until smooth

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If you are keeping up with my daily cleanse journal (God knows it is going to get boring for you. How many different ways can green smoothies look like?) you will remember that my first day I ate approximately the amount for 2 people. Fab. And I was still ready to eat my pinky toe by 7pm.

Today, I made the correct amount, but still managed to cheat a little.

For breakfast I had another Green Smoothie. I was running out the door so no new pictures, but, it essentially looked like yesterdays…

All good so far. No headaches, which I attribute to not being a coffee drinker. Then it was lunchtime. THANK THE LORD, because I was famished. Today I ate:

  • Pan seared wild salmon with himalayan salt and pepper
  • Sauted cabbage with coriander, turmeric (good detox spices) and a dash of salt
  • Curried quinoa

I am brilliant for making a big batch of quinoa ahead of time.  It keeps forever and is one less thing to make.  Since fish and vegetables cook so quickly, it hasn’t been too much of a drag to make lunch.  That being said, by the time it is done cooking I WANT TO SHOVE IT IN MY MOUTH AS FAST AS I CAN.  Which means, you get mediocre photos.  My detox brain tells me they are beautiful because it just wants to flippin’ eat the shiz.

This is when things get a little sketchy. Mid afternoon I need to start making dinner for the rest of the family. A dinner I will not be eating. Tonight it was chili (still working though my cow) and homemade cornbread. Chili is just one of those things that you HAVE to taste along the way to make sure you got it right. At first I took a bite and spit it out, but that didn’t last for long. I’m sure Junger would be disappointed, but I probably have a couple tablespoons of offensive chili disrupting my intestinal detoxing.

Then, starting about 4:00 (about 30 minutes after my kids got home – what a coincidence) the Dalai turned into the Devil.  I now have the acute senses of Superman and any sound, smell, or touch sends me into orbit.  I exude an obvious feeling of hate disgust for my children – especially loud ones that want me to make them snacks I can’t eat. Jerks. Can’t they tell I’m fragile?

Oh, but don’t worry, because I had this filling meal coming my way:

Pineapple Chia Seed Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • 1 T soaked chia seeds
  • 3 Laciniato kale leaves
  • pinch of stevia
  • ice

Blend until smooth

Miso Soup

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 heaping T white miso
  • 4 shitake mushrooms
  • handful of cabbage
  • dash of gluten free Tamari

Cook until soft

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I started the Junger Clean detox yesterday. I decided that I would post about it everyday (in addition to other, more interesting things) purely to use you readers for accountability. And to vet out any frustrations or odd occurrences.

The detox calls for two liquid meals a day (breakfast and dinner) and a solid meal at lunch. There is a whole list of good recipes and ideas to choose from. You can pick from those, tweak them a bit, and repeat favorite meals. It is relatively flexible (within the confines of “clean” foods). But, I’m still scared. Yikes, two liquid meals a day!!?? I’m not sure if I could make it without you watchdogs…

So today I had a Green Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • bunch of dandelion greens
  • 1/8 avacado
  • 1/4 cup mango
  • ice

Honestly, I actually made the entire recipe in the book (which doubled the ingredients above) and drank the whole thing. I thought it seemed like a butt load of smoothie, but there was no mention of serving size next to the recipe. It wasn’t until the end of the day that I noticed the disclaimer at the beginning of the recipe section: “The following recipes make two servings each.” Does Junger think I live in a sorority house? Who is going to drink this other serving? Dalai Dan sure as heck isn’t…

Next was lunch, which consisted of:

  • 4 ounces seared tuna lightly marinated in organic, gluten-free Tamari
  • Broccoli Rabe steamed with garlic
  • Curried quinoa

Does this look like a lot of food?  Well, that is because, yet again, I made the amount the recipe called for, not realizing it was for TWO PEOPLE.  This detox is coming off of a great start.  (read the fine print, Dalai.  Jeeze)

Then came dinner, which was a disappointing, luke warm soup/smoothie:

Zucchini and Basil Soup

  • 1 diced succini
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 T red onion
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 5 Basil leaves
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 avacado
  • 4 cups water
  • (I added spinach)

Blended until smooth

Guess what?  The above recipe is for two people!  Thankfully, I didn’t like it enough to drink the 6 cups of zucchini soup and put the leftovers in an old spaghetti sauce jar below.  This is the point I started questioning the quantity and got on the CLEAN website to confirm that I have over eaten the entire day.  No wonder it hasn’t been that bad….

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I get a lot of requests for kids snack ideas. Well, folks, I hate to disappoint, but the Dalai doesn’t make snacks that require a mandoline, toothpicks or melon baller. I don’t make my snacks look like animals, I don’t call my snacks by cute names, and I don’t try to hide offensive ingredients underneath peanut butter and raisins.

Usually our snacks consists of fruit, carrots, green smoothies, humus, nuts, and eggs. My most elaborate concoction is peanut butter toast with bananas on top. Today it is apples with peanut butter.

Annabelle prefers carrots. Well, actually she prefers chocolate like her mother but this will have to do. It seems to me that I need to get snack ideas from YOU. What do you feed your kids for snacks? Any good ideas that don’t require a diagram? If there are raisin eyeballs, I’m out. Help!

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