Food: Nutribullet Five Day 180 Cleanse

Of course the first week in January means detox time and while there are plenty of diets, regimes and plans to follow I decided to make use of my Nutribullet and do the 5-day 180 cleanse they posted on their blog.

I bought a Nutribullet last summer after a friend’s recommendation and went juicing mad for a few weeks then admittedly got a little bored of my new toy so it was good to get in the habit of using it again.

For something like a cleanse the most important thing you need to do is absolutely plan ahead. It’s pretty hard to just breeze along without juicing and meal-planning so you will be thankful in the long run when you prep your ingredients ahead of time and don’t get disheartened half way through.

Before you start prepping a big food shop is necessary, be prepared to spend more than you expect. I buy a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables anyway but found the extra ingredients required for the juices bumped up the cost.

food shopping
Next up I wrote down my juices and meals for the week, the cleanse requires you to replace your breakfast with a Nutriblast drink and then choose a clean meal for lunch and then a choice of different levels for your dinner.

I went for a mix of level one and two for my dinner which consisted of meals of protein and vegetables and stews or soups. Level three is the most hardcore replacing your evening meals with another Nutriblast.

For me this cleanse was about getting into the mindset of healthy eating and planning rather than a diet, so choosing a Nutriblast for dinner was far from an option for me but if you want a big kick to losing weight I would imagine this might be the way to go.

Before your Nutriblast in the morning you are recommended to drink a cup of hot water and lemon, which is a nice habit to get into and means less tea drinking for me!

My meal plan for the week looked like this, recipes with a * can be found here:

Day One

  • Nuts Seeds and Green Blast*
  • Roasted aubergine bowl with rice
  • Moroccan Chickpea Stew*
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Nuts Seeds and Green Blast: Broccoli, spinach, blueberries, banana, pumpkins seeds and chia seeds

Day Two

  • Winter Warrior Blast*
  • Roasted aubergine bowl with quinoa
  • Moroccan Chickpea Stew*
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Winter Warrior: Cooked sweet potato, spinach, apple, avocado, banana, chia seeds and lime juice

Day Three

  • Berry Beet Blast*
  • Sweet potato, broccoli, avocado and quinoa salad
  • Salmon and veg kebabs with cous cous*
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Berry Beet Blast: Spinach, beetroot, mixed berries, chia seeds and lime juice

Day Four

  • Berry Beet Blast*
  • Avocado, grated carrot, spinach and broccoli salad
  • Salmon and veg kebabs with cous cous*
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Dinner: Salmon, mushrooms, peppers, onions, courgettes, aubergine with paprika and lemon juice

Day Five

  • Berry Beet Blast*
  • Roasted aubergine, roasted sweet potato, broccoli, cous cous salad
  • Slimming World Sticky 5-spice pork stir fry (see recipe below)
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Dinner: Slimming World Sticky 5-spice pork stir fry

I prefer to make my juices fresh in the morning but I found time was getting a bit tight, so from the third day I started to prepare them in the evening along with my lunches because I faff a lot in the morning.

It was handy to take my juices to drink at work, but I’m a very slow drinker and they were quite thick so the first couple of juices took me around three hours to drink.

The Nuts, Seeds and Green Blast and the Berry Beet Blast are both highly recommended. Each had combinations of veg and fruit that I hadn’t tried before, such as beetroot, and were definitely refreshing and filling to keep me going until lunch.

I definitely do not recommend the Winter Warrior. If I were ever to make that juice again I would probably steam/boil the sweet potato rather than roast it, there were no specific instructions apart from that it be cooked and I think this made it too savoury when combined with the avocado and apple. I struggled to drink it and in fact don’t think I finished it in time for lunch.

Lunches were the easiest part for me as the recipes I used are pretty much what I eat anyway. A salad for me barely ever contains lettuce leaves, so I never understand people who reduce themselves to boring the so-called ‘rabbit food’ with barely any flavour when they are trying to diet.

Cooked veg is certainly the way to go to add some excitement, things like sweet potatoes, aubergines, chick peas, mushrooms, and butternut squash alongside chicken and salmon are all ways to keep you full until the evening.

The Moroccan Chickpeas Stew was super nice, and I made enough to still have a portion for another time after putting loads in the freezer. I also made the salmon and veg kebabs in advance and froze them, you just need to remember in the morning to get your dinner out of the freezer to defrost either through the night or during the day!

Snacks

Of course those going on a cleanse/detox/diet will need snacks. It’s hard especially in an office job not to reach for things easy and within reach so once again preparing ahead is vital.

I tend to always have a stash of raisins in my bag, they’re a simple way to ease any sweet cravings. Greek yoghurt is another good thing to have in your fridge, pop some honey in and even a tablespoon of chia seeds to make a refreshing dessert.

For savoury I love houmous it’s so good, but it can be a drain on the purse strings to keep buying it so make your own!

The easiest houmous recipe ever (thanks Slimming World)

  • 400g can of chickpeas drained
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 1 juice and zest of lemon
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tsp of coriander
  • A dash (or more) of cayenne pepper or paprika
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 2 tablespoons of water (if needed add a tblsp at a time, you can’t take water away remember!)

This is a zillion times easier if you have a Nutribullet as you can put all these ingredients in all at once and blend (if you don’t a normal food blender will do!). At least three minute blending time to get rid of the chickpea chunks scoop out and you’re done. Make sure to cut up some crudites to dip in such as cucumber, peppers, carrots, celery or you can get some ryvitas to eat it with instead.

I continued the cleanse for an extra two days just because I had so much veg and stuff left over and just keeps me in the mindset. To make sure this cleanse was most effective I did cut out any sugar, including chocolate, cakes, sweets, and cheese. In the evening to curb any sweet feelings I just had a cup of tea with a sweetener in.

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Slimming World Sticky 5-Spice Pork Stir Fry

  • 2 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
  • Pork/gammon/tuna steak
  • Red pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Baby sweetcorn
  • 1 tsbp chilli flakes (or fresh chilli)
  • 1/2 juice and zest of an orange
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 100ml chicken/veg stock
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Egg noodles to serve

Cover your selected meat in the 5-spice powder then fry in a bit of oil of Fry-light spray. Set aside.

Mix your sauce in a jug – veg/chicken stock, chilli flakes, soy sauce and orange juice and zest.

I like to add mushrooms, peppers and baby sweetcorn just to make it a bit more exciting and filling. Fry these for a few minutes until they begin to soften.

Add your sauce to the veg and then when in the pan add the honey. Cook for about seven minutes then add in the meat you cooked earlier. Whilst this is all going on whack on your noodles, I usually buy dried egg noodles that take about three minutes.

The timing usually works out that they both are done at the same time! And serve.

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