Earlier today, we released the Eat Life Whole 21-Day Eat Real Challenge – a three-week, self-guided program designed to help even the busiest people rethink some of their less-than-healthy eating habits and move towards a diet full of nutritious whole foods. Taking full advantage of the shift in season, we were able create meal plans and recipes using the fresh, naturally cleansing foods of spring.
Enjoy an excerpt from the 21-Day Eat Real Challenge.
CLEANSING SPRINGTIME FOODS
The Whys, Hows and Whats
During the warmer months, our bodies naturally crave lighter, more expansive foods. We gravitate back outdoors with a renewed energy. Our diets shift from heavier foods like root vegetables and meats to tender greens and fresh berries. We tend to eat less, opting for quicker methods of cooking like sautéing and stir-frying – or just going raw. We are naturally cleansing.
The Challenge Today
For many of us, our days are driven largely by alarm clocks and deadlines – not the rising and setting of the sun. We spend most of our time indoors, catching only an occasional glimpse of the shift from winter to spring. Although we see the fruits and veggies of spring harvest appear in the markets, modern agriculture has greatly blurred the lines when it comes to what’s “in season”. As a result, our bodies simply don’t benefit from natural “spring cleaning” the way they used to.
As part of the 21-Day Eat Real Challenge, we are going to focus on doing what comes naturally – using the light, fresh foods of spring to cleanse & reenergize. We will move away from the heavier foods of winter and enjoy a multitude of fresh greens, ripe berries and other seasonal fruits and veggies.
Whether taking part in the 21-Day Eat Real Challenge or wanting to do a bit of “spring cleaning” on your own, be sure to enjoy some of our springtime favorites. These light, hydrating, reenergizing foods are sure to help with the transition from the “nesting” months of winter. You will benefit from their natural ability to cleanse the body, leaving you feeling light and rejuvenated.
Asparagus with Shiitakes & Shallots
Brown Rice Fusilli with Asparagus & Sausage
Asparagus & Snap Pea Salad with Lime-Mint Dressing
Superfood Blueberry Tart
Old-Fashioned “Ants on a Log”
Baked Peppers with Heirloom Tomatoes
Spring Carrot Soup
Enjoy. Be well. Eat life whole!