Simply Healthy Family: Gingered Millet with Japanese Veggies. Detox, Day 1

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Gingered Millet with Japanese Veggies. Detox, Day 1

I'm not going to call it a New Year's Resolution per say, but more of a cry for help. Out of sheer and desperate need to fit into my clothes again I've decided to kick it into gear. We already eat mostly healthy most of the time but I have to admit that there are many things I need to re-evaluate about what I put into my mouth every day and my lack of exercising as of late. I've been content with blaming it on being a busy mom, having other priorities and most recently the Holiday's. I need to stop making excuses and start doing, like I said before, it's a wardrobe emergency!

So I've browsed the Internet for detox and diet strategies which are plentiful right now and found some great tips and wonderful recipes and snack ideas. Nothing drastic, I don't believe in diets in general but rather being very conscience of what your eating and making it a Goal for Life. More Raw veggies and fruits and whole grains. Less meat, NO processed foods or sugars or refined carbs. My body and mind are crying for this. I'm listening my friend.

So join me on my journey over the next few weeks of extra healthy snacks and meals. I'll be sharing not only the best recipes that will have you feeling your best but also tips and tricks I've learned along the way!

I would really appreciate any and all tips or thoughts on what's worked for you as well!









 Recipe slightly adapted from Whole Living


TIME   40 MINUTES     SERVES  4-6
You Will Need: 


1 cup millet
One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
2-3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 cup water 
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1 small bok choy, chopped and rinsed well under cool water
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
3 scallions, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds

DRESSING
3 tablespoons sesame oil  (could use extra virgin olive oil also)
3 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar




Putting it All Together:
• Place millet and ginger in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and water. Bring to a boil, stir once, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork, add beans.


• Steam shiitakes in a steamer over boiling water, covered, for 3 minutes. Add carrots and bok choy and steam 4 to 6 minutes more. Remove steamer from heat.

• In a small bowl, whisk together oil and vinegar to make dressing. Season with a dash of salt.


• Transfer millet to bowls and garnish with steamed and remaining raw vegetables. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over top and sprinkle with sunflower seeds




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Tips:
  1.  Make sure to steam and NOT stir fry veggies, this is obviously much healthier and part of the 'detox'.
  2. Make an extra cup of millet and save for 'the day after tomorow' for a healthy whole grain breakfast with added nuts and fruit.
  3. Chop extra cabbage and green onions and save for easy salad toppings



Keep a journal of your thoughts, progress and struggles!







I'm sending this over to Hearth and Soul  for her home made and healthy blog hop!
Also to Fresh, Clean and Pure Friday's at La Bella Vita!
 Midnight Maniac Meatless Monday's
My Sweet and Savory Meatless Monday's
 So many great ideas!


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ENJOY!
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21 comments:

  1. A bowl of millet with some fresh fruit sounds like such a great way to start the day! I know that for me, I try to stick to as many whole and natural foods as possible. I don't believe in diets, but I do believe in healthy living. You are an inspiration to me Gwen, so I know you will do great. Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a happy Tuesday!

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  2. Gwen I wish you luck in your re-evaluation of your diet. I find it surprising that your having this fashion emergency...all of your recipes are so healthy :D

    As for some tips (you probably already know them) but here are some I've learned over the past few years:
    1. Start the morning off with a generous glass of water with lemon juice in it to detoxify and cleanse the bowels
    2. Exercise regularly (even if it a slow walk or a fast bike ride...just do something)
    3. Set yourself a calorific limit for the day, and set yourself an exercise goal for the week
    4. Eat more during the day, and less at night
    5. Substitute where possible..If you feel like sweets then have a piece of fruit, or a low fat hot chocolate, or a yoghurt cup with some dried fruit. The possibilities are endless.
    6. After you eat a meal, remove yourself from the kitchen/table. Go and spend time with your family, go for a walk, tidy up, or even clean your teeth to signal that you've finished eating for the moment.
    7. Consider drinking green tea instead of coffee
    8. Eat/drink foods that support and cleanse your liver as it ultimately sorts out fat storage and glycagen. Things like seeds, dandelion tea, lemon and so on are great here. And don't forget the simplest thing of all - water is liver cleansing!
    9. If you eat a lot at night, the food won't immediately be stored as fat. It will be stored as glycagen. If the glycagen is not used the next morning/day then it will slowly be converted to extra "stores" (ie.fat stores). To counter this process, ensure to have a light breakfast the next day and ideally exercise before eating breakfast too so that the glycagen is used up before adding more fuel to the tank.

    Good luck Gwen! I bet you know loads more already, you are so healthy and balanced :)

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  3. Go Gwennie! I too am having a fashion emergency since I don't fit into any of my pre-pregnancy clothes. Now that the babe is out it is time to kick it back into shape! I have a little chocolate problem and have been wanting to give up sweets but haven't had the will power to do it. Exercise has always been a HUGE help for me in losing weight so I started back into that yesterday. My tip is just (besides trying to eat as reasonably and healthy as you can) EXERCISE IS KEY! Grab a partner, vary it to keep it interesting, include cardio and strength training and JUST DO IT! =) We can can go from drab to fab together want to?

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  4. Thank You Monet, your so sweet and I'm glad I inspire you in any way as you do me not only with your amazing baking but your sweet and creative nature!
    Brittany, thank you so much, always good to hear new tips and be reminded of ones I've let slip. Snacking at night is my biggest challenge. Albeight healthy, I'm eating later at night after the kids go t bed, and w a glass of wine at that! * Ughhhh Thanks so much for the wonderful tips! I need to do the lemon-cayenne-water thing every mornging for sure!
    Rach~ get your butt back here so you can be my boot camp instructor!!!!!

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  5. I am doing something VERY similar to you since my jeans, well...let's just say I've been living in spandex leggings for a while. I'm mixing more and more veggies into my recipes to bulk them up, more whole grains and less snacking since that's really where I fall short! This millet looks delicious! Love anything with ginger in it.

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  6. Gwen, this recipe looks delicious to me, especially after a holiday season filled with too many snacks. I would love to try this. I'm not on a "diet" per say but I have to say, I'm incorporating more protein (egg whites and spinach do the trick for me) and virtually no carbs. Can't give up my coffee though....just can't.

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  7. Hi Gwen! Thank you for stopping by my blog today and for your sweet comment. So glad you stop by so that I could find yours. Love all these delicious and healthy recipes. This one in particular I am so curious about because I've never had millet...EVER. So, definitely goes in my recipe box. Thanks!

    PS: I rolled out laughing when I read the footer for your comments about being "really, really ridiculously good looking" LOL...reminds me of Zoolander.

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  8. Yum, this actually sounds pretty amazing! I need to get some will power. Seriously. I'm going to look to you for inspiration :D Happy New year!

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  9. The hubster is ridiculously disciplined about counting calories. He has a spreadsheet and everything. He says it's not so much about holding back but that it keeps him accountable. You may want to start out with a food journal (way less crazy than a spreadsheet)! Good luck friend, I look forward to reading more about the detox!

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  10. Lawyer Loves Lunch, I keep a rough idea of calories in my head but I think I'm not nearly accurate most of the time. I really need to get a calorie tracking app on my Ipad! Also, I do keep a little notebook/journal, the paper is just for my blog. ;)

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  11. Hi Gwen, Happy New Year!!! Wishing you all the motivation and endurance that it needs to lose those pounds that you want to get rid off.
    Here are just a few ideas:
    - Don't get any calories with your drinks. Drink water and unsweetened tea.
    - exercise regularly, a 20 minute brisk walk can be squeezed into the busiest schedule
    - Avoid anything made of flour (even whole wheat flour), especially breads and pasta.
    - Eat more whole grains, like buckwheat, bulgur, barley.
    - stick to foods that have a low GI to keep blood sugar levels even. That way you will have control over your appetite and won't get big cravings.

    My theory is that one doesn't have to detox if you don't put toxic stuff into your body in the first place. So no processed foods, no refined sugars or flours, no preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, no coffee and alcohol.
    It's rigid. I don't know anyone who lives like that. I surely need some of the "drugs" mentioned above. But if you remove as many as possible from your diet, then you should be on the right path. Good luck.

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  12. Hi Gwenny! I do love this recipe! It reminds me of my days as a raw vegan, and while I loved those dishes one at a time, eating consistently that way really didn't work for me! How did you go that GREAT journal page! Please let me know-it was wonderful! As for the coffee, why do you need to quit it? MANY research studies are showing more and more that consuming moderate amounts of coffee are healthy for you as long as you stick to organic shade grown varieties. If you want to decrease your coffee, certainly switch to half caffe, or drink a cup of tea or herb tea or water to every cup of coffee you drink. Thanks so much for sharing this on the hearth and soul hop this week and good luck! :) Alex

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  13. Thanks for the nice comments and great feedback! Much appreciated!!
    I'm only trying to 'detox' for myself right now in order to feel good again. To much junk through Nov. & Dec. left me feeling bloated and tired. I eat healthy most of the time anyway but felt I needed to cut out all things icky in order to get myself back in order!

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  14. This looks and sounds pretty delicious! Good luck with your detox sounds deliciously refreshing!

    <3, New Follower

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  15. Hi Gwen, Thanks for sharing this on Fresh Clean and Pure Friday. I love your post and your honesty! Come on back and share more this week if you can. I'm on the same boat as you to kick it in gear to eat more healthfully! Now following. Next time, it would be so great if you'd add my button for the link-up as you did for Heather's Hearth and Soul link-up. Thanks so much! I'll be reading on how you're getting more healthy through your posts!

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  16. @ bella, thank you so much for visiting and following! I can't believe I didn't post your button! I am on it! See you soon!

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  17. You prove how good healthy food is.

    I am not taking enough care with my food but I am eating tons more veggies than I used to. I would guess I got less than a portion a day and now I eat vegetables with all meals. I also drink and drink and drink water.

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  18. @Sweet and Savory, thnk you so much. I love eating healthy, but I loooooove flavorful food even more! The two can intertwine! It sounds like you are doing a great job at trying to eat healthy! Keep introducing more and more veggies, I hope this blog inspires you some! Oh, and water is a very good thing!

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  19. You prove how good healthy food is.

    I am not taking enough care with my food but I am eating tons more veggies than I used to. I would guess I got less than a portion a day and now I eat vegetables with all meals. I also drink and drink and drink water.

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  20. @ bella, thank you so much for visiting and following! I can't believe I didn't post your button! I am on it! See you soon!

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  21. Gwen I wish you luck in your re-evaluation of your diet. I find it surprising that your having this fashion emergency...all of your recipes are so healthy :D

    As for some tips (you probably already know them) but here are some I've learned over the past few years:
    1. Start the morning off with a generous glass of water with lemon juice in it to detoxify and cleanse the bowels
    2. Exercise regularly (even if it a slow walk or a fast bike ride...just do something)
    3. Set yourself a calorific limit for the day, and set yourself an exercise goal for the week
    4. Eat more during the day, and less at night
    5. Substitute where possible..If you feel like sweets then have a piece of fruit, or a low fat hot chocolate, or a yoghurt cup with some dried fruit. The possibilities are endless.
    6. After you eat a meal, remove yourself from the kitchen/table. Go and spend time with your family, go for a walk, tidy up, or even clean your teeth to signal that you've finished eating for the moment.
    7. Consider drinking green tea instead of coffee
    8. Eat/drink foods that support and cleanse your liver as it ultimately sorts out fat storage and glycagen. Things like seeds, dandelion tea, lemon and so on are great here. And don't forget the simplest thing of all - water is liver cleansing!
    9. If you eat a lot at night, the food won't immediately be stored as fat. It will be stored as glycagen. If the glycagen is not used the next morning/day then it will slowly be converted to extra "stores" (ie.fat stores). To counter this process, ensure to have a light breakfast the next day and ideally exercise before eating breakfast too so that the glycagen is used up before adding more fuel to the tank.

    Good luck Gwen! I bet you know loads more already, you are so healthy and balanced :)

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