Trader Joe’s and The Standard Process Cleanse… A Love Story

For those of you who may be reluctant to do a cleanse such as the Standard Process Purification Program, fear not. If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, it is easy (and delicious) to rock this program. In this post, I will discuss some of the stuff that you can pretty much find at any grocery store, but I wanted to point out some great convenience foods that you can get specifically at Trader Joe’s.

The first 10 days of the Standard Process Cleanse, you eat fresh fruit and vegetables, your 2 shakes (with frozen fruit) and either a cup of Lentils or 1/2 cup of brown rice. Acceptable fats to use on the program are avocado, coconut oil, olive oil or butter.  On day 11, you can start adding back some organic chicken and wild caught fish.  I will do a second post when I get to day 11 to talk more about  the lean protein part.
With this in mind, let’s take a stroll down the aisles of Trader Joe’s, shall we?

Trader Joe’s has so many different fruits and veggies to choose from. They carry a really great selection of organics. Grab bags of pre-washed lettuce, crunchy sweet red peppers, cucumbers, red onions, and creamy avocados.  You will need all of this for your epic salads you will eat (I eat mine at lunch!).  You are going to want to grab some fruit too for munching.  I like pears and apples. Don’t forget to grab some bananas (you are going to peel them and freeze them for your shakes!)

Today I bought some great looking galas.

Feeling like dessert?  Chop me up and put some cinnamon on. Microwave for 1 minute!  Delish!

Feeling like dessert? Chop me up and put some cinnamon on. Microwave for 1 minute! Delish!

I adore beets, so I picked up some of these.

Chop and put in salads.  Or, add to your warm lentils with some salt and pepper.

Chop and put in salads. Or, add to your warm lentils with some salt and pepper.

 Short on time and can’t chop a million veggies for soup or stir fry?  Problem solved!

Perfect timesaver!

Perfect timesaver!

Are you a big meat lover?  While on the cleanse, you may miss having meat.  I find that mushrooms, especially baby portabellas give that meaty texture to soups and stir fry. 

Meat, shmeat!  You don't miss it when you have shrooms!

Meat, shmeat! You don’t miss it when you have shrooms!

Speaking of soups, here are some more convenience veggies that you may like when you make soup.

Talk about convenient!

Talk about convenient!

You know what else is really great in soup?  Cole slaw or broccoli slaw mix.  Here is a great idea for an Asian broccoli slaw soup.  Use 1 quart veggie broth, a few cloves of garlic, some fresh or dried ginger, salt and pepper and throw in your slaw.  Cook until the slaw is tender.  So good! The best part about slaw in soup is that it kinda feels like you are eating noodles.  True story!

Delicious in stir fry OR soup.

Delicious in stir fry OR soup.

Another versatile veggie is butternut squash!  You can throw some cinnamon on it and roast it in the oven (no chopping needed here!) or you can microwave it and then put it in a pot with some of that delicious chopped onion, shallot and garlic I mentioned above.  Cook in some veggie broth and add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Use an immersion blender to make it all creamy and yummy. Who said cleansing needed to be boring?

Ultimate comfort food

Ultimate comfort food

Also in the produce section is MY favorite timesaver.  Cooked lentils.  These are so versatile.  You can put them in the food processor with some onion, garlic, salt and pepper and give it a whirl.  Eat it as a tapenade dip for baby carrots as a snack or bake it into a loaf and have it for dinner with some heated frozen veggies. You can throw them in a pot with some garlic, onions, mushrooms and a can of organic chopped tomatoes.  Add some salt and pepper to taste and you have a warm, satisfying meal.

Yummy Lentils!

Yummy Lentils!

Another great option that is super convenient is Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice.  I have eaten other brands of frozen brown rice and they always taste like the plastic they are frozen in.  Trader Joe’s rice does not.  It is really tasty with stir fry or added to your soups.

Photo credit: Kind Kitchen

Photo credit: Kind Kitchen

Trader Joe’s has a TON of frozen veggies. Broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts (I heard you say ewwww gross…. try them again – you may just like them now!), pepper and onion blends, green beans, spinach, etc.  The only vegetable that you should not have on the program is corn (it is technically a grain!).

Spinach

Spinach

I eat these every night

I eat these every night

Trader Joe’s has some other items that are perfect for the cleanse.  Coconut oil for frying….

Great for frying!

Great for frying!

Spices for just about anything – I like to put some of this on my salad and then put balsamic vinegar on top – kinda like a quick vinaigrette.

Great to season stir fry and soup

Great to season stir fry and soup

For all these soups you are going to make, you will need some veggie broth.  Here’s a great one.

Perfect for Soup

Perfect for Soup

You are going to need some frozen fruit to make your smoothies really sing.  Try adding some of these to your shakes:

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About Pepper A.K.A "Greek Lightning"

Wife, mom of 2, roller derby athlete, lover of heavy weights and sprinting like the wind, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods addict, pharmaceutical employee by day, bodybuilding cupcake baking superhero by night.
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