So here’s the skinny on new year’s resolutions: when done alone, they kind of suck. But when you have the support of a community of people with the same goal, the chore turns into more of a game that you play with friends, who you could ask for advice when you’re stuck or a loving kick in the butt when you’re feeling lazy.
With that in mind, Holy Carabao partnered up with Vitamix Philippines and created the #7DaysCleanEats challenge for people resolved to start the year cleaner and healthier by ordering our Clean Eats Harvest Box (we do home deliveries to most of Metro Manila and pick ups at our farmer’s market store in Makati), and taking the 7-day photo challenge – and in the process of kickstarting your choice to live a healthier life, the chance to win a high-powered blender from Vitamix!
So what does it mean to eat clean? Eating clean is a good way to refresh your eating habits: it’s about eating more of the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups—and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones. That means embracing whole foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats. It also means cutting back on refined grains, added sugars, salt and unhealthy fats. And since you don’t have to count calories or give up whole food groups, it’s easy to follow.
The Clean Eats Harvest Box comes with an assortment of fruit, vegetables, nuts, and spices to help you get as creative as you can when it comes to putting together your clean eats (it doesn’t all have to be salads!), but here are some quick 5-minute recipes that you can make with the ingredients that are good for two:
Kale Citrus Zing
- 1/2 cup dalandan juice
- 100g kale
- 100g lettuce
- 2T honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup ice
- Chop up the kale and lettuce into smaller pieces – this little trick makes it faster to blend the ingredients together.
- Juice the dalandan and make sure to get all the little seeds out.
- Carefully add everything into your blender and give it a whirl!
- Enjoy little sips as a fresh mid-morning snack or enjoy it as a filling juice in lieu of breakfast.
Spiced Carrot Cashew Soup
- 1 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 1 1/2 cup sprouted cashews (or around 225g)
- 500 ml Koobo Bukid-Bred chicken stock
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- Soak cashews in water overnight – this is what makes the soup lovely and creamy. Drain the water before setting the nuts aside.
- Roughly chop carrots just so they can fit in the blender. Skip the part about having to peel them – we want to make the most of all the nutrients in the vegetable, skin included!
- Add carrots, cashews, turmeric powder, salt, and pepper before pouring in the Koobo Bukid-Bred chicken stock.
- Puree until you get it to the consistency you want before finishing it on the stove. If you’re using a high-powered Vitamix blender, the machine is powerful enough to heat up your soup ’til it becomes hot.
- Enjoy a bowl of creamy carrot soup for lunch and share any extras you may have with your furbaby – the carrots and turmeric are so good for them!
- 1 apple
- 1 cucumber
- 1 cup chopped sugar beets
- 200g spinach
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ice
- Core and chop the apple.
- Chop the cucumber and sugar beets – you don’t need to peel both since we’re all about juicing them for all their nutrients. Literally.
- Add all the ingredients to your blender and #VitamixItUp!
- Take thoughtful sips of your live juice and enjoy it with a good book or a quiet corner or whenever you could do with a pick-me-up.
Berry Banana Slush
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup ripe saba
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 200g pechay leaves
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ice
- Pop the strawberries and saba in the freezer to make your drink colder and creamier.
- Soak the gojiberries in the warm water.
- Put the frozen berries, saba, soaked goji berries, water, pechay leaves and ice in the blender.
- Blitz everything up until you get a cool, creamy dessert drink.
- This can make a lot, so share this with family and friends!
Guyabano Chia Lassi
- 1 cup guyabano flesh
- 1 cup carabao yogurt
- 20g malunggay leaves
- 4T chia seeds
- 1 cup ice
- Soak chia seeds in a little bit of water for them to plump up.
- Deseed the guyabano – cut it into manageable pieces before deseeding so you don’t waste precious pulp!
- Add the guyabano, carabao yogurt, malunggay leaves, chia seeds, and ice to your blender. Turn it on and watch as it turns into a lovely, goopy consistency.
- This is best enjoyed on its own, for those who can appreciate a little sour note with all that sweet.
Green Passion Bomb
- 1 cup yacon
- 1 cup passion fruit juice
- 1/3 cup passion fruit seeds
- 3 stalks parsley
- 1/2 tsp ginger (1 small knob, peeled)
- 1 cup ice
- Cut and peel the yacon, stalks of parsley, and ginger.
- Cut open passion fruit and set aside the lovely insides. The seeds add an interesting texture to the overall drink!
- Toss in the yacon, parsley, and ginger into the blender. Pour in the passion fruit juice and seeds. Blend, blend, blend.
- Serve this in a bowl and top with more passionfruit seeds or other fruit available. Get creative and made up fun designs like stripes, zig-zags, or even a mandala!
- Enjoy as a healthy breakfast alternative.
Holy, Hot Tsokolate!
- 2 cups carabao milk
- 3T cacao powder
- 2T virgin coconut oil
- 1T coco sugar
- Add your carabao milk, cacao powder, virgin coconut oil, and coco sugar into your blender.
- Give it a good whirl until the ingredients are blended together nicely and heat it up on the stove, or if you own a Vitamix, keep it whirring on high until you feel the liquid turn hot.
- Pour into a cup and finish with a dusting of cocoa powder and grated nutmeg.
How easy was that? So if you do plan on taking the #7DaysCleanEatsChallenge, check back and save a few of these super easy recipes. You never know, they might end up becoming a family favorite!