What better way to kick off the New Year than with Veganuary – a cleansing of the body and mind? Follow along on my 30-day cleanse with these 65 recipes for a month of vegan and gluten-free clean eating.
It’s the return of the 30-day cleanse!
I used to think New Year’s resolutions were a kind of silly. They never turned out too well for me. Within a few days of the new year, my goals were long forgotten and only the faint guilt of broken resolutions lingered. So for years, I ignored the ritual altogether.
More recently, however, I’ve started to see the whole new year’s resolutions thing in a new light. I look forward to the fresh start that is symbolized through the changing of calendar years. It’s a renewed chance to evaluate where I am and where I want to go, a chance to shed the unhealthy habits that have dragged me down and reach for the things that give me life. Now what once was an arbitrary calendar change from December 31 to January 1 has become the perfect time to hit the “refresh” button of life.
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What is the 30 day cleanse?
It’s a chance to clean out my system with a few clean eating guidelines that I made up several years ago. More specifically, that means:
I don’t eat/drink:
- coffee (which I’ve given up long ago)
- processed foods
- processed sugar
- high-carb/starchy foods
I eat/drink limited:
- natural sugars
And I do eat/drink:
- lots of water
- fruits & veggies
- lentils and beans
- nuts and seeds
- all the superfoods
Not only do I kick off every new year with a 30-Day Cleanse as a way to get back health after the holiday season, but I also ask YOU to join along.
Clean Eating Vegan ebook
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Clean Eating Vegan Groceries
For most of my non-perishable items, I shop at Thrive Market. Thrive Market is an online marketplace that is on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. Thrive Market has thousands of best-selling organic foods and natural products and they are priced 25-50% lower than traditional retail prices!
How do they do that? By getting their food at wholesale prices, Thrive Market is able to cut out the middleman and provide awesome goods at a HUGE discount! Cheaper prices, better foods, and the convenience of it being shipped right to your door! And the best part? When shopping, you can filter your search to “vegan” or “gluten free” items only and you’ve got your own online clean eating grocery store! Thrive Market has saved me a ton of money and time and I HIGHLY recommend checking it out.
Click HERE to use my link and you’ll get and extra 25% off your order + a FREE 30-Day Trial to Thrive Market.
Get my full shopping list, as well as my pantry staples here.
Breakfast is, without a doubt, the most important meal of the day. Getting food in your system within the first 30 minutes of waking up has a huge impact on your overall health and energy throughout the day. During my 30-day cleanse, I like to start off with a light breakfast right when I wake up, like my protein-packed chia pudding, and then have a second, heartier breakfast mid-morning.
Here are a few of my favorite healthy vegan breakfasts:
- Mixed Berry Acai Bowl
- Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats
- Swiss Chard Chickpea Scramble
- Protein-Packed Chia Pudding
- Matcha Chia Pudding
- My Go-To Tofu Scramble
- Shiitake Mushroom and Kale Savory Oats
- Gluten-Free Breakfast Cookies
- Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Steel Cut Oats
Smoothies and shakes can often be a good mid-morning or mid-day snack between meals. They are rich in nutrients, vegetables, and calories to help keep you energized during the slow parts of the day.
This 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Shake (pictured above) is my go-to vegan cleanse smoothie. Packed with protein, incredible flavor, and made with just 3 ingredients!
Make sure to try it out as well as the rest of the vegan smoothies below:
- 3 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
- Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl
- Black Forest Smoothie
- Gut-Healing Ginger Mango Smoothie
- Tropical Smoothie Bowl
- Tropical Green Smoothie
- Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl
- Raw Banana Cacao Smoothie
- Green Power Smoothie
- Peanut Hemp Protein Shake
- Vanilla Raspberry Smoothie Bowl
Having a refrigerator full of fresh produce is key to the success of your midday cleanse meals. I love to make big hearty salads with greens, roasted chickpeas, vegetables, seeds, and tahini garlic dressing.
When I have a stocked fridge, my 30 day cleanses are much easier to accomplish.
A few of my favorite cleanse-approved vegan lunches:
- Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes
- Wild Rice Mason Jar Salads
- Pineapple Cashew Salad with Sesame Peanut Sauce
- Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wraps
- Chickpea Greek Salad
- Vegan Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Peas
- Vegan Taco Salad with Lentil Walnut Meat
- Southwest Quinoa Salad
- Asian Vermicelli Noodle Salad
- Lemon Tahini Kale Salad with Cheesy Chickpeas
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
- Thai Quinoa Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce
When you’re on a 30 day cleanse, healthy snacks are incredibly important to have on hand. I’ll make a batch of guacamole or a cheddar cheese ball and eat it with fruits and veggies when I start to get hungry.
These Mushroom Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps are also easy to keep on hand. Keep the filling and lettuce separate until ready to snack. The filling will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Here are a few of my other favorite Veganuary snacks.
- Mushroom Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps
- Spring Rolls with Sweet Potato Noodles
- Bacon-Flavored Roasted Chickpeas
- Restaurant-Style Guacamole
- Smoky Jalapeno Cheddar Cashew Cheese
- 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
- Roasted Garlic Hummus
- Cauliflower Queso
- Spicy Chipotle Hummus
- Peanut Butter Protein Bites
- German Chocolate Protein Bar
- Peanut Maple Protein Bars
There are so many dinner options, I could write a whole post for just dinner. Most of them can be found here. From Buddha bowls to skillet enchiladas to portobello steaks, there is an endless option for dinner. You could be enjoying a different meal every night of the week.
Here are a few of my go-to dinner recipes during my 30-day cleanse.
- Mexican Style Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- Skillet Enchiladas
- Eggplant and Chickpea Curry
- Mushroom Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles
- Deconstructed Burrito Bowls
- 4-Ingredient Portobello Steaks
- Deconstructed Burrito Bowls
- Zucchini Noodle Lasagna
- Roasted Cauliflower Quinoa Bowls
- Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Steaks
- Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry
- 30 Minute Black Beans and Rice
You can even have dessert when your cleansing! That means vegan, (obviously) gluten, soy, and refined sugar-free desserts that you can enjoy on your 30-day cleanse!
One of my go-to cleanse desserts is chocolate chia pudding. It’s incredibly easy to make for a deeply satisfying chocolate treat.
Here are a few more of my favorite clean eating vegan dessert recipes.
- Raw Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Raw Hazelnut Cheesecake Bars
- Cacao and Goji Berry Power Cookies
- Coconut Macaroons
- Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Raw Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
- Healthy Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
- Raw Pecan Butter Cups
Vegan Starter Kit
Are you new to veganism? Make sure to check out my Vegan Starter Kit at Thrive Market.
If you are unfamiliar with Thrive Market, I recommend reading my full review here. Thrive Market is my go-to online grocery store for organic foods. Their products are quality, organic, and priced 25-50% lower than traditional retail prices! Thrive Market is the perfect way to stock your vegan pantry this January.
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What is Veganuary?
So, I’ve mentioned Veganuary a few times in this article because I wanted to get you asking, “what is veganuary?!” Veganuary is a movement that asks people to make a month-long commitment to veganism as a way to responsibly live on this earth and compassionately treat the animals with whom we share it. If you know people who are vegan-curious but are scared to make the leap, maybe Veganuary is the perfect opportunity to get enthusiastic and excited about vegan eating.
What better way to kick off the year with some compassion and clean eating?
If you’re joining me on the 30 days cleanse, share your snacks and meals on Instagram. Tag #30daycleanse and #mydarlingvegan so that I can share your photos with the My Darling Vegan community.
And don’t forget to grab your FREE copy of Clean Eating Vegan!
Happy clean eating!
Written by Sarah McMinn