Instead of diving into another crazy juice cleanse, I decided to re-visit a program that my friend Abigail Keeso (a Registered Nurse and Culinary Nutrition Expert) in Toronto created called That Clean Life.
I had first met Abigail when she asked if I would be interested in participating in a clean eating program that would have me eliminating refined flour, sugar, processed foods, red meat, alcohol, caffeine and gluten. It sounded like things I was already trying to reduce on my own and I liked that I could still include meat and lean protein into my diet and I wouldn’t be forced to eat vegan or raw. Paul and I loved Abigail’s recipes so much that we still cook many of them beyond the cleanse including these Kale + Quinoa Fritters.
Fast forward to January 2015 and Abigail, along with her partner – Christopher Hopkins had launched That Clean Life – an online portal with all of her recipes and an online meal planner. My favourite part is that it auto-populates your grocery list based on the recipes you choose. The cost? $9/month! That’s the price of two lattes – so I signed up immediately in support of Abigail & Chris’ work.
I’ve learned that eating healthy really is about planning, organizing and meal prep. Paul loves the program because we shop for everything ahead of time. Either one of us can pick up the recipe and just GO. I also love that each dinner makes enough for leftovers the next day, which saves a lot of time deciding what to eat and what to make. It never feels like a diet. It feels like something we do as part of our lifestyle. We can never eat perfectly and we still eat out all the time, but if we can stay on track at least 80% of the time, then we’re doing OK.
Here’s an amazing breakfast recipe that they’ve shared, to give you an idea of what you can expect:
Blueberry Overnight Oats
Makes: 4 servings // Time: 8 hours (overnight)
- 1.5 cups oats
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- Combine oats, almond milk, water, chia seeds, maple syrup and cinnamon together in a large glass container. Stir well.
- Seal container and place in the fridge overnight (or for at least 8 hours).
- Remove oats from fridge. Use 4 single-serving size mason jars and place a large spoonful of the oat mix in the bottom of each, then a layer of blueberries followed by a layer of slivered almonds.
- Repeat until jars are full of your overnight oats (or until all ingredients are used up).
- Store in the fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy hot or cold!
For more great recipes like these overnight oats from Abigail Keeso, check out That Clean Life.