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The Clean Green Food & Drink Cleanse

Three Steps to a Slimmer You

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What is the best cleanse for weight loss? My secret to a lean and healthy body can be summed up in three words: clean green drinks! Healthy meals are a big part of the plan too, but juices and smoothies are key for maximizing nutrition and effortlessly maintaining that slim and sexy body of yours.

To help you get started on this incredible way of life, I've outlined a one-week cleanse based on my upcoming third book, Clean Green Drinks, available April 22. This is not an ordinary juice cleanse—it's a healthy food and drink plan designed to help you master satiety and nutrition with just three key steps:

1. Clean Green Drinks: Replace breakfast and lunch with two to three clean green drinks for the first week. An energy-boosting juice or green tea can also be consumed during that mid-afternoon slump. Additionally, drink 10 cups of water each day. And if you need a pick-me-up snack? Opt for an apple, banana, or a handful of raw almonds. The next week is about kick-starting your health, so be disciplined!

2. Clean Green Eats: Enjoy a light dinner. See the choices in the seven-day meal plan that follows. If you feel great after this week of clean green drinks and clean eating, continue to eat this way for another week! Drop the pounds and gain more energy.

3. Exercise: Find a routine you LOVE. Remember you must work out for at least 30 minutes daily! Find an activity you enjoy and you may become addicted to this way of life. Yes, there's such thing as a "healthy addiction." Some of my favorites? Yoga, Bar Method, SoulCycle, and running.

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Mix and Match Recipes

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On the pages that follow, you'll find a week's worth of recipes that I've developed in my own test kitchen. I've had all my "elves" test these recipes numerous times, and I've seen them drop weight while doing it. It's certainly not the focal point of this cleanse, but weight loss can be a dazzling side effect.

Feel free to mix and match smoothies throughout the week, and cook up a delicious, clean, and satisfying meal for dinner. The recipes that follow make more than one serving, so you can share the green goodness with others, or plan meals ahead with leftovers. Need more recipe ideas? Check out CandiceKumai.com or my SHAPE author page for more clean green meals. And tell us on Twitter how your cleanse is going: @Shape_Magazine @CandiceKumai #CleanGreen! [Click here to Tweet!]

*This cleanse is not for everyone. Please consult your physician before starting a new diet and workout plan.

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Monday

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BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE: Chocolate Morning Wake-up: Combine 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup baby spinach, 1 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon superfood greens, 2 tablespoons protein powder, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 2 servings.)

LUNCH SMOOTHIE: Blueberry Protein Power "Shake": Combine 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 2 cups frozen blueberries, 1 scoop (1/4 cup) protein powder, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 2 to 4 servings.)

DINNER: Quinoa & Clean Greens Salad: Prepare a vinaigrette made with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon dried oregano. Combine 4 cups cooked and cooled quinoa with 6 to 8 thinly sliced radishes, 2 cups mixed greens, 1/4 thinly sliced red onion. Toss salad with dressing and top with 1/2 thinly sliced avocado and a few more radish slices. (Makes 6 servings.)

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Tuesday

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BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE: The Breakfast Blend: Combine 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups baby spinach, 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, 1 frozen banana, 1/4 cup superfood greens, 1 teaspoon spirulina, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 3 servings.)

LUNCH SMOOTHIE: The Super Hemp: Combine 1 cup coconut almond milk, 1 cup baby spinach, 1 tablespoon superfood greens, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 cups blueberries, 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder, 1 tablespoon spirulina, and1 teaspoon hempseed oil (optional) in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 2 servings.)

DINNER: Leftover Quinoa & Clean Greens Salad or Skinny Clean Green Caesar Salad

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Wednesday

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BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE: Chocolate Morning Wake-up: Combine 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup baby spinach, 1 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon superfood greens, 2 tablespoons protein powder, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve immediately. (Makes 2 servings.)

LUNCH SMOOTHIE: The Green Sunshine: Combine 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups baby spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 fuji apple, 1 tablespoon superfood, 1 tablespoon spirulina, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 2 servings.)

DINNER: Brussels Sprout Clean Green Salad: Make dressing with 2 teaspoons honey, 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Toss dressing with 1 1/2 pounds thinly shaved Brussels sprouts, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, and 1/4 cup thinly sliced toasted almonds, Top with a little grated Pecorino Romano cheese. (Makes 4 to 6 servings.)

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Thursday

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BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE: The Green Sunshine: Combine 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups baby spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 fuji apple, 1 tablespoon superfood, 1 tablespoon spirulina, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 2 servings.)

LUNCH SMOOTHIE: Creamy Pumpkin Smoothie: Combine 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 3/4 cup organic pumpkin puree, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 Bartlett pear, 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice, 1 scoop (2 tablespoons) pea protein, and 1/2 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 2 servings.)

DINNER: Clean Green Roasted Spaghetti Squash: Roast 1 spaghetti squash in a 375-degree oven for 45 minutes or until fork-tender. Scrape out squash strands and serve with marinara sauce and a little Parmesan cheese. See full recipe here.

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Friday

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BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE: The Green Banana Mint: Combine 1 cup almond milk, 3 cups baby spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop (1/4 cup) protein powder, 3 tablespoons mint, 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 4 servings.)

LUNCH SMOOTHIE: Blueberry Protein Power "Shake": Combine 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 2 cups frozen blueberries, 1 scoop (1/4 cup) protein powder, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 2 to 4 servings.)

DINNER: Cleansing Cold Cucumber Soup: In a large food processor, combine 1 large chopped English cucumber), 1 ripe cubed avocado, 2 tablespoons chopped red onion, 1 tablespoon dill, juice of 1/2 lime, and 1 teaspoon sea salt. Process for 30 seconds. Stream in 1 1/2 cups cold water and blend until smooth. Chill for 30 minutes, or serve immediately and garnish with fresh dill sprigs. (Makes 4 servings.)

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Saturday

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BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE: The Breakfast Blend: Combine 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups baby spinach, 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, 1 frozen banana, 1/4 cup superfood greens, 1 teaspoon spirulina, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 3 servings.)

LUNCH SMOOTHIE: The Chocolate Avocado Goddess: Combine 1 avocado, 2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons agave nectar, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup ice, and 1 cup unsweetened almond milk in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 2 servings.)

DINNER: Avocado & Quinoa Salad: In a large salad bowl, combine 3 cups cooked and cooled quinoa, 1/4 thinly sliced red onion, thinly sliced 1 Fuji apple, and 2 cups chopped purple or Lacitano kale leaves. Drizzle in juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons honey, and 1 pinch sea salt. Toss to coat well. Gently fold in 1 cubed avocado and 1/4 cup crumbled feta or chevre (optional). (Makes 4 servings.) See full recipe here

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Sunday

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BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE: Blueberry Protein Power "Shake": Combine 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 2 cups frozen blueberries, 1 scoop (1/4 cup) protein powder, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 2 to 4 servings.)

LUNCH SMOOTHIE: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup: Treat yourself! You deserve it! Combine 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups baby spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cored Bartlett pear, 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Makes 3 servings.)

DINNER: Clean Green Eggs over Gluten-Free Toast: Place gluten-free toast on 2 plates. Spread 1/2 tablespoon fresh pesto on each slice bread. Add thinly sliced tomato, avocado slices (optional), and 1 poached egg. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper and sea salt. (Makes 2 servings)

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Get 100+ Cleansing Recipes

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For more of these delicious drink recipes, don't forget to check out my brand-new book, Clean Green Drinks, to sip away those extra pounds. It has hundreds of enticing recipes for juices and smoothies that will sculpt your body, boost your health, renew your mind, and improve your whole outlook on life—with the mere push of a button.

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