Sunday, April 25, 2010

This week's challenge: Liquids

Whether you have surgery or not, a week of liquid dieting can be helpful and healthy to relearn how to eat.

Pure foods don't come in packages.  You have to cook them.  There are some quick substitutes to aid in the liquid diet process, but here's what I'm doing this week.

Breakfast
1 CUP Horizon's DHA Whole Milk (OR Almond Breeze - Vanilla) combined with 1/2 cup of frozen fruit puree to make a thick fruity milkshake

Sure, there's no sugar in that, but taste the fruit and milk.  Enjoy it and slip it slowly while thinking "This is all that's necessary for my body to be satisfied."

Lunch

1 CUP Pacific Naturals Creamy Butternut Squash soup combined with UNJURY Chicken Flavor Protein and 1/2 cup plain soy milk, plus 1/8 tsp. each of garlic and onion powder plus a dash of celery salt, plus herbs to flavor, pureed

Mid Afternoon

Muscle Milk Lite - Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Dinner

1 CUP Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup and UNJURY Chicken Soup Protein Powder and 1/2 cup plain Soy Milk, plus 1/8 tsp. each of garlic and onion powder plus a dash of celery salt plus 1 basil leaf, pureed

This is bare bones liquid dieting at it's best.  I bought a selection of fruits and veggies to puree to put in soups and sauces this week.  I'll still be cooking for Jonathan, so mostly, I plan to just puree the veggies and whatever meat I've prepared with stock. 

I think the mentality with liquid dieting is that people go off and ravenously go back to their old eating habits.This whole foods conversion liquid diet I'm working on is going to take the foods you should be eating cooked fresh and pureed in order to bring your taste buds back to infancy.  Use herbs to enhance a combination of  veggies and meat-flavored enhancements.  Only complex carbohydrates, organic milk (cow, goat, nut, etc.)

I will also move this forward by saying I plan on making a lot of recipes in the near future with alternative flours, such as tapioca, garbanzo bean, rice, and etc.  I'm going to start experimenting with these for new treats.  Which reminds me, I really need to work on getting some tahini and garbanzo flour for making some awesome hummus.  I love Bob's Red Mill.

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