Freshly washed.

by | Mar 27, 2013

Every year—or, sometimes, multiple times a year—I give my body a little break from processed foods, sugar-laden treats, and general overindulgences. My favorite recipes to follow for the past few years have come from the 21-day “Whole Living Action Plan.”

Being a vegetarian, I don’t find these changes too disruptive to my life since I already try to eat cleanly and follow a mostly whole-foods diet; but, like anyone else, I give in quite a bit to the junk dished out during the holidays and I have a raging sweet tooth to boot, so it’s nice to scale back to the basics right around when the time changes and I’m ready to begin my spring cleaning ritual, both inside and out.

Sweet Potato Before

Last night, I made a “clean” version of this roasted sweet potato soup recipe—no peppers, sherry, or yogurt. It was so silky smooth and delicious (thanks to my NutriBullet, which has officially replaced my blender at this point, btw). Having a rich, creamy soup like this felt so much more decadent than having to only down green juice after lemon tonic, which so many other “cleanses” seem to tout throughout their regimens.

Sweet Potato After

I am way more a fan of the Whole Living-type of diet adjustment than the liquid-only ones since it’s varied, nutrient-rich, and I never feel hungry. In fact, snacking is encouraged! To celebrate this, I made some hummus to keep on hand for the occasion. (If you’ve never made hummus before, it couldn’t be easier. It requires a few more ingredients than homemade almond butter, but it’s well worth it knowing that it came from your own heart and kitchen. Here’s a super simple recipe for you to try out.)

Let me know what kind of ritual you follow when your body needs a boost or if you’ve tried out the Whole Living Action Plan and how it’s worked for you. I look forward to your thoughts and comments. In the meantime, happy clean living!


I’m Dina R. D’Alessandro, MS, RDN, CDN. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in New York City, and I provide nutrition counseling to women.

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