Friday, February 8, 2013

A Postcard from the Doctor Oz 48-Hour Cleanse

After downing a metric ton of sushi at Spices the other day, my friend and dining companion mentioned that she had done a Doctor Oz 3-day cleanse and felt damn spiffy afterwards. She had also just mentioned that she feels tremendously fat and that she sends numerous lengthy, irrelevant emails to her boss, but nevertheless I found in there an inspiring cleanse endorsement.

So ‘cleanse’ is what I what put into the search box on and up came Dr. Oz’s 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse amongst a few other things. I waved the mouse around in a feeble search for the 3-day version, but quickly decided that the 2-day version would be just fine for now.

It was Wednesday, and while the good doctor’s website calls it a ‘weekend cleanse’ I have the fortune of working and writing from home (barely employed) and so calculated that I could conveniently do my cleanse *in time* for the weekend. Maybe they’d offset each other? I mean, how clean does it all really need to be?

Anyway, it’s the morning of Day 2 here, I have a few things to say and I’m not afraid to say them. First up – I love these prunes doctor oz chia smoothie . I don’t know if they’re different from the prunes I’ve had before, or if my tastes have changed, and yes it gives this post a geriatric flair, but I love these prunes. They are delicious, and the only thing that makes the quinoa breakfast edible.

I only had red quinoa on hand that I probably should have cooked a little longer then the Dr. Oz recipe suggested. I’m a quinoa fan, but for some reason this didn’t appeal to me. It’s better room temp than hot. It’s terrible cold. Also the recipe calls for a lot of it, so I ate half of it Day 1 and am slooowwly finishing the gently nuked other half this morning… that I’ve had to generously top off with extra chopped prunes.

After the quinoa breakfast yesterday I made the Blend-Free Detox drink and it is so refreshing. It will become a staple around here and I’m sure will taste great after a workout, aaaaand, well, with vodka.

I drank a couple glasses of that in the morning and then attempted to make the Lunch Fruit Smoothie. I thought I may finally find a way to enjoy chia seeds but alas, negatory. They were alright, but there wasn’t enough liquid to blend the smoothie so I had to add water and it wound up being a benign blend with little crunchy seeds in it. I weakened and added several swirls of agave syrup to get it down.

Fortunately, after making what turned out to be a delicious salad snack I was able to banish the smoothie and quinoa to afterthoughts. I cheated again by blanching the green beans, but it served a dual purpose by making my salad a little easier to eat and getting something done for the hubby’s dinner. Then I used lemon zest rather than juice because I knew I’d be inclined to use more salt if it had more acid in it. It will go into regular menu rotation. Here’s that recipe – the rest from my squeaky clean self this weekend.

dr oz cleanse salad


Crisp Vegetable Salad with Lemon

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

I adapted this from the snack suggestion in Doctor Oz's 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse


3/4 lb green beans, small dice raw or blanche per recipe
1 cucumber, sliced (I peeled and seeded)
6 radishes, julienned
2-3 celery hearts, sliced
1 lemon, zested and juiced (juice optional)
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


- bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add green beans
- remove beans when cooked and spread on a pan to cool; when cool cut into halves or thirds
- combine everything and season to taste



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