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This post is part of an ongoing series about detoxing in a healthy way. To catch up see part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Part 1 is a rambling introduction to detoxing and part 2 consists of some basic guidelines (what to avoid, why to choose organic, pastured eggs, etc.). Today’s post will be another daily menu sample, including recipes for smoothies and egg salad wraps.

Melissa’s cleanse menu (ignore my weird sleep patterns)
4 AM
Warm water with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and a touch of stevia, followed by herbal tea
4: 15 AM
Small bowl of homemade applesauce (made with Fuji apples and blood oranges), topped with chopped walnuts (yum!)
5:30 AM
One hour of yoga, water throughout the day
8 AM
Fruit smoothie (recipe below)
12 Noon
Egg salad lettuce wraps (recipe below), detox tea
3 PM
Raw carrots and celery, 2 mejool dates, water
6 PM
Bowl of kale and brown rice soup, raw flax crackers, “sleepy time” herbal tea
8:30 PM

Blueberry smoothie
1 cup unsweetened coconut water
3/4 cup plain goat kefir
2/3 cup frozen blueberries
1 small ripe banana
3/4 scoop chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

This is a guideline β€” depending on what I have on hand, I make my smoothies different every time. Put all ingredients in blender and mix well.

Egg salad lettuce wraps
Because I don’t eat regular bread, I make most of my sandwiches into lettuce or cabbage wraps. It’s a healthy way to eat sandwiches.

2 hard boiled eggs, peeled
1/4 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced cucumber
2 tablespoons diced onion
2 tablespoons chopped sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
fresh lettuce or napa cabbage leaves (washed/dried)

1/2 avocado
1 teaspoon Annie’s organic dijon mustard (no sugar, no additives, no gluten)
sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Put chopped salad ingredients in medium-sized bowl, set aside. Put dressing ingredients in a small bowl, lightly mash and mix ingredients and toss in with salad. Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes one serving, double it for two.

In good health,

9 Responses to “the cleanse chronicles (day 7)”

  1. Wow Melissa, I have not been to your blog in a while. You have some great posts up!

    Spring is such a great time to detox. I enjoyed reading your own unique plan for detoxing.

    Are the nettles up yet in Colorado? (I think I read in one of your posts that this is where you live).

    2 years ago in March I did a green smoothie fast and added a big handful of freshly picked nettles to each smoothie.

    Ironically, 2 weeks later I got pregnant with twins – we have no twins in the family! Did the cleanse have anything to do with it? We’ll never know!

    Happy Spring!

    -Ali πŸ™‚

  2. Melissa says:

    Hi Ali,

    Whoa, nettles as a fertility booster?! You’re right, you’ll never know. Unless you try it again and end up with another set of twins.


    Thanks for the comments and happy spring to you, too!

  3. Melissa says:

    One more thing, Ali. Kimi at Nourishing Gourmet has a post right now on harvesting wild nettles.


  4. Keep at it! Sounds like you are doing really well and the food looks so good.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Tell me how you made applesauce w/ blood oranges! That sounds so intriguing…and I have a couple of blood oranges ripe and ready to use right now.

  6. All your “concoctions” look great, Melissa. I see no deprivation here, missy! πŸ™‚

    BTW, my current medical pracititioner advises warm water, lemon juice, some olive oil, and cayenne if I fall off the wagon and cheat a bit on my detox diet. She says it kills yeast. It sounds yucky, but it’s not.

    The nettles are very interesting. We have them on our mtn property. Kimi just did a soup recipe with them, too.


  7. Melissa says:


    Thanks for the comment. It’s really not that hard when you eat good, healthy food. Although I do admit, I miss my morning cup of coffee and coconut milk. It’s just a “comfortable” part of my routine that I really enjoy.

  8. Melissa says:


    I always make my own applesauce (maybe I should post the recipe) and just use sliced apples, filtered water, a little cinnamon, a touch of vanilla, a splash of fresh lemon juice and something to sweeten it. This time I used some stevia because I’m not eating sugar, but I often use maple syrup or honey. I simmer it until the water is partly absorbed and the apples are soft enough to crush up with a fork (or potato masher). This time I had two blood oranges that needed to be eaten quickly (they were almost over), so I peeled them, chopped them up and threw them into the mix. It made for a wonderful blend of flavors.

  9. Melissa says:


    I’m doing the warm water, lemon juice and stevia, but I eat so much fiber — I definitely don’t need the olive oil. I’ve heard of the yeast killer cocktail, but haven’t tried it. I probably should just so I know how it tastes and works.

    I’ve never used wild nettles, but would love to try that soup Kimi makes. Interesting that you have them on your property. Lucky girl! Have you made anything with them?

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