This post is in collaboration with Provenance Meals.
I recently received a One Day Whole Food Detox meal delivery from the kind folks over at Provenance Meals (thanks again for the tasty eats!), a Brooklyn-based meal delivery service that offers healthy, organic, ready-to-eat meals. Everything is also dairy-free and gluten-free. There are a number of similar services out there, but not all of them deliver to uptown Manhattan, Jersey City, and Hoboken. People in those areas, take note!
Who should order from Provenance Meals? Anyone who is too busy to cook, doesn’t have a decent kitchen (I’m talking about those tiny, barely usable kitchens in some NYC apartments), or is cooking for just one person. If you’re looking for healthy, portion controlled meals, PM is your friend. Let’s be honest, how often do you order a salad when everyone else at the table has a decadent entree? Yeaaaah.
What I received for one day is part of the Three Day Whole Food Detox package. You can also order a la carte from PM. The prices for some dishes may seem slightly steep, but keep in mind that everything is 100% organic and locally sourced. You’re not just paying for the ingredients, but also for kitchen prep/cleanup and delivery to your door.
The truth is, I’m somewhat reluctant to use the words “cleanse” or “detox”. I’ve never done any sort of cleanse before, and I think we’re all better off indulging in moderation and eating healthy, whole foods in general. However, if you’ve really fallen off the wagon, a cleanse/detox package isn’t a bad way to get back on track. I just so happened to receive this delivery from PM shortly after Thanksgiving. It’s worth keeping them on your radar for the rest of the holiday season!
Breakfast: Warming Amaranth Porridge with Poached Bartlett Pears
Amaranth is a whole grain, similar to quinoa, and has the same type of crunchiness that I love about quinoa. Both are great sources of B vitamins, but amaranth has more of it. Quinoa has more of other vitamins, so don’t give up on quinoa just yet! There was no sugar or honey added to the porridge even though it was quite sweet and almost syrupy. The sweetness is entirely from the pears and medjool dates. This was basically a healthy, breakfast dessert. I’ll happily eat this on any day!
Detox Tea from Brooklyn Herborium
A mixture of oakstraw, hibiscus, burdock root, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon, this tea is meant to cleanse and purify (read: diuretic). To be honest, its appearance reminded me of hamster bedding, but after steeping, it turns a lovely deep pink color. I drink a lot of tea (zero coffee), and my husband and I constantly joke about having to increase our tea budget to accommodate my tea obsession. This tea was quite lovely, and I continued to sip on it throughout the day.
Lunch: Tuscan Kale Salad with Nutty Herb Croutons & Dijon Mustard Dressing
Some varieties of kale need to be massaged to be tender enough for salad. I don’t remember if Tuscan kale is one of them, but it was fine here as it was sliced into ribbons. I always love a good kale salad, and the creamy dijon mustard dressing is something I would totally make at home. The best part of the meal? The gluten-free nutty herb croutons! They’re made of almond and cashews and taste even better than bread croutons. Where can I get more of these?
Snack: Mineral Rich Vegetable Broth
I imagine PM changes up the mineral broth ingredients from time to time. This one was made of shiitake mushroom, reishi mushroom, kombu (kelp), dandelion leaf, onion, carrot, and parsley. I didn’t get a photo of this as it looks just like any veggie broth, but darker in color. Heavy on the mushroom and kombu flavors. It had a very distinct mineral flavor that I had mixed feelings about and might be a turnoff for some people. I drank the broth alone to get a real taste of it, but I think it’d be great in cooking for added flavor and health benefits.
Dinner: Kitchari with Turnips & Housemade Kimchi
The star of my PM dinner was something I’ve never had before: kitchari. It’s a traditional Ayurvedic detox food, typically a mixture of mung beans and basmasti rice, but in this case, it was made of yellow split mung beans. High in protein and easy to digest, it tasted much better than it looks. Very satisfying and warming, so good with a squeeze of lime and coconut flakes. It’s interested that this dish combined Indian and Korean flavors, offering two different types of heat. This was my favorite meal of the delivery, and I plan to make my own kitchari soon.
Note: This post is in collaboration with Provenance Meals. I received a complimentary meal delivery from Provenance Meals. This was not in exchange for a positive review and all opinions expressed here are my own.