Spring Cleaning

29 Mar
Spring Cleaning


The temperature outside is rising and so is my mood! It’s a direct correlation (yes I’m nerdy I know).

A little sunshine goes a long way 🙂

Despite the looming FE Exam, I’m still trying to maintain this internal happiness in any way possible. Which is why I decided that it’s time for…

Spring Cleaning!

But wait…this is not the physical labor kind of cleaning. This is an internal, emotional kind of cleaning.

I want to purge all negativity out of my mind and cleanse my body and soul.

Winter can really take a toll on our emotional health and well-being. If you’re anything like me (and I’m sure many of you are), your mood significantly drops during the winter months. I even read somewhere that women eat more in the winter!

Our lives are so fast-paced, stressful, and hectic at times, and an occasional detox can only do you good. Personally, I feel lazy and drained (and severely out of balance), so my body craved some sort of cleansing.

A few days ago I explained the forcing of myself into a “springtime mentality.” So today I decided to start the day off with a little detoxing meal.

I first did my research and found a great list of foods to eat and avoid during a detox:

Detox Foods List

Then, this meal was created:



-1/8 cup red quinoa

-1/8 cup millet

-1/4 cup fresh blueberries

-3 large strawberries

-5 cherries

-1/4 cup diced mango

-1/2 Tbs. brown rice syrup

-1 Tbs. each of assorted nuts (I used almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds) = 1/4 cup of nuts total

-1/2 cup almond milk (I used vanilla flavored)

-1/4 cup beets, boiled (can be done ahead of time) and blended to a pulp


1.) Combine the millet, quinoa, beets, brown rice syrup, and almond milk in a medium pan and cook on low heat until the grains are soft, about 20 minutes.

2.) Remove the mixture from heat, add in the nuts, and mix together thoroughly.

3.) Transfer to a bowl, top with fruit, and enjoy!

Don’t be afraid to try out this breakfast. It’s ridiculously filling and uniquely delicious. The beets add a gorgeous color and a subtle sweetness while the nuts add the perfect crunch. You can choose any fruits you want, but avoid “heavy” fruits such as bananas.

The quinoa-millet combo looks so vibrant and pretty!

And the beets make the entire mixture even prettier!

Can you say, helllooooo spring?!?

I feel better already just looking at this uplifting bright color!

Mix in the nuts (make sure to avoid peanuts though!).

Top with fruit!

This breakfast is the perfect blend of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and nuts.

What a gorgeous way to ring in spring, huh?

“Mental happiness is total relaxation”

~From Russia With Love~

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