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Bon Appetit Foodie Cleanse Diet

Updated on February 25, 2014

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Want to try a cleanse diet? It makes a good start to an overall weight loss or healthy living plan. A cleanse diet removes toxins from your body and cleans your liver so it can digest and process foods more efficiently. You are better able to absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat after you've detoxed with a cleanse diet. Not only might you lose weight, cleanse diets have been shown to increase energy levels and leave a youthful glow on your complexion that will take years off your appearance. Be sure to carry on your post-detox glow when you incorporate the top superfoods to increase your health into your every day meals.

This particular cleanse diet features seasonal winter foods (lots of root vegetables) and was compiled for Bon Appetit magazine by Seattle food writer Sara Dickerman. I've personally followed this plan, cooking all the recipes. I've also done a fair bit of research on my own into the principles of cleansing diets and have added my own suggestions and takes on Ms. Dickerman's choices.

Rules For The Cleanse

As suggested by Dietician Melissa Lippert and paraphrased and commented on by Laura Schofield


  • Alcohol. No more than 2-4 drinks per week. - (Laura says for a cleanse to be a cleanse you can't drink ANY alcohol)

  • Coffee. Drink green tea in its place.
  • Dairy. Yogurt and kefir are allowed. Otherwise you should switch to Almond Milk in place of regular milk. (Also, use Cold-Pressed, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in place of butter - Laura)
  • Water. At least 2 liters daily.

  • Bread. Eat other sources of whole grains and complex carbs (quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, winter squashes, steel cut oats)

  • Meat. Choose one day a week (or more) to avoid meat or any source of animal protein. (Again, Laura believes that a cleanse has to be vegetarian to truly give your digestive system a break. No meat.)
  • Sugar. Sweets and refined sugars are out except for fresh fruit and dark chocolate. (Laura suggests replacing agave nectar for maple syrup and honey - it's a more complex carbohydrate and is easier to digest, even being safe for diabetics.)
  • Greens. At least one daily salad (greens or a mix of raw vegetables/fruits)
  • Meals. Don't skip meals and eat every 3-4 hours. Focus on our list of detoxyfying foods.
  • Portions. Follow this portion guide set by nutritionist Marissa Lippert.

  • Protein: A portion of protein is the size of your fist (about 3-6 ounces), or the size of a checkbook/blackberry for flatter items like fish.
  • Grains, Pasta: 1/2 cup to 1 cup cooked
  • Oatmeal: 1/2 cup dry regular rolled oats or 1/4 cup of steel cut oats
  • Sweet potatoes/regular potatoes/beets/winter squashes: One portion is about the size of your fist or a tennis ball
  • Veggies and salads: They should be at least 1/2 of your plate!
  • Treats and desserts: Keep them small
  • Fresh fruit: 1 serving = 1 piece whole or about 1 cup sliced
  • Dried fruit: 1/4 cup or less (like 2-3 dates or figs)
  • Nuts: 1 handful (about 20)
  • Yogurt/kefir etc: about 4-6 ounces
  • Vinaigrette/dressings: 1-2 tablespoons
  • Olive oil: Stick with moderate amounts for cooking/drizzling
  • Avocado: 1/4 avocado = 1 serving for most women; 1/2 avocado = 1 serving for most men

You'll probably be checking out a lot of new ingredients on this cleanse if you don't already follow a vegan, raw or gluten-free diet. A PDF of the entire 2-week Bon Appetit Cleanse shows what the menus are by day, as well as including individual recipes. (This document is 30-pages long, you may want to just print off the relevant days as you need them).

Here is an overview of the menus in the first week of this cleanse diet.

Day 1: Vegetarian.

Day 2: Both Albacore Tuna and Salmon Filets are on the menu.

Day 3: Vegetarian.

Day 4: Chicken on the menu.

Day 5: Smoked Salmon and Hanger Steak are on the menu.

Day 6: Chicken on the menu.

Day 7: Salmon is on the menu.

Day 1 of the Bon Appetit Cleanse Diet - 2-Egg Omelet with Mushrooms/Thyme/Caramelized Onions, Avocado Tartine, Winter Vegetable Crudites with Basic Citrus Shall

Day 1

Breakfast - 2-egg Omelet With Mushrooms, Thyme & Caramelized Onions (2 eggs, olive oil, mushrooms, onions, fresh thyme) And 1 Slice Whole-Grain Toast

Lunch - Avocado Tartine (avocado, whole grain test, red pepper flakes, lemon juice) With Winter Vegetable Crudites (endive, cauliflower, carrots) & Basic Citrus Shallot Vinaigrette Dressing (shallots, white wine vinegar,lemon juice, olive oil, salt)

Snack - Vanilla Date Smoothie (yogurt, milk*, medjool dates, vanilla extract, ice cubes)

Dinner - The Ultimate Winter Couscous* (carrots, parsnips, butternut squash, dried apricots, chickpeas, quinoa, shallots, vegetable stock, harissa, cinnamon sticks, star anise, bay leaves, olive oil, salt, ginger, turmeric, paprika, chile flakes, saffron, preserved lemon, cilantro) and a Green Salad & Basic Citrus Shallot Vinaigrette

Snack - Oranges With Pomegranate Molasses & Honey*

* Replace Almond Milk for all milk and Cold-Pressed Extra-Virgin Olive Oil for butter (restrict dairy during the cleanse), Quinoa for CousCous (couscous is a pasta whereas quinoa is a grain), Agave Nectar for honey (agave nectar is a complex carbohydrate with a lower glycemic load)

Day 2 of the Bon Appetit Cleanse Diet - Warm & Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa, West Coast Tuna with Celery Root & Apple Salad, Yogurt with Tangerines and Shaved

Day 2

Breakfast - Warm & Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa (almond milk, water, quinoa, blackberries, cinnamon, pecans, agave nectar) And Kefir

Lunch - West-Coast Albacore Tuna With Celery Root and Apple Salad (medium celery root, lemon juice, parsley, apples, walnuts, apple cider vinegar, mustard, walnut oil, olive oil)

Snack - Low-Fat Yogurt With Tangerines and Shaved Dark Chocolate

Dinner - Salmon In A Bengali Mustard Sauce (skinless salmon filet, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ground mustard, mustard oil, brown mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fresh hot chiles), Black Eyed Pea Curry (bay leaves, cumin seeds, green chiles, onion, fresh ginger, garlic, turmeric, red chile powder, coriander, garam masala, tomatoes, black-eyed peas, cilantro), Green Salad and Roasted Butternut Squash With Curry Leaves And Mustard Seeds(butternut squash, olive oil, thyme)

Snack - 1 oz. Dark Chocolate and Rooibos Tea

Day 3 of the Bon Appetit Cleanse Diet - LEFTOVERS AND EASY FOODS - Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa, Black-Eyed Pea Curry, Edamame Hummus, Miso Soup with Koya Dofu and Veg

Day 3

Breakfast - Leftover Warm & Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa, served with a sliced apple

Lunch - Leftover Black-Eyed Pea Curry and Spinach Salad with Apples, Sunflower Seeds and Vinaigrette

Snack - Edamame Hummus (frozen edamame, water, lemon juice, garlic, sesame oil) with Winter Crudites (endive, romanesco, cauliflower)

Dinner - Miso Soup with Koya Dofu And Vegetables (dried shittake mushrooms, kombu, water, sake, stevia, carrot, burdock root, koya-dofu, mirin, light-colored tamari, tamari, snow peas) served with Brown Rice * I couldn't find any koya-dofu to purchase, so am assuming firm tofu will be a good replacement, as koya-dofu is freeze-dried tofu.

Snack - Oven-Roasted Pears with Toasted Almonds (bartlett pears, grapeseed oil, agave nectar, sliced almonds)

I was finally able to locate a source where you can buy koyadofu online here

Day 4 of the Bon Appetit Cleanse Diet - Almond-Banana Smoothie, Koya Dofu and Vegetables, Pan-Roasted Chicken With Persillade, Endives & Apples & Grapes

Day 4

Breakfast - Almond Banana Smoothie (bananas, almond milk, ice cubes, agave nectar, vanilla extract, nutmeg) and a sliced pear

Lunch - Leftover Koya Dofu And Vegetables and a Mizuna Salad with a Basic Citrus Shallot Vinaigrette (shallots, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, salt)

After doing many online searches, I was able to find Koya Dofu available for ordering online here.

Snack - Apples and Cashew Butter with 2-4 Rye Crisp Crackers

Dinner - Pan-Roasted Chicken With Persillade (chicken breast halves with skin, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, Italian parsley); Endives, Apples & Grapes (apples, olive oil, endive, green grapes, rosemary sprigs, water); Roasted Sweet Potatoes (sweet potatoes, olive oil) and a Mache Salad With Basic Citrus Shallot Vinaigrette

Snack - 1 oz. dark chocolate with rooibos tea

Vegetable Stock

Have some ready for tomorrow. Maybe make some with tonight's dinner so you have a good homemade stock ready!

Day 5 of the Bon Appetit Cleanse Diet - Rye Crisp Crackers With Smoked Salmon, Endives & Apples & Grapes, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Five Spice Beet Soup,

Day 5

Breakfast - 2-4 Rye Crisp Crackers With Smoked Salmon, Yogurt, Red Onions and Chives; Grapefruit and Orange Sections with Mint

Lunch - LEFTOVER Endives, Apples and Grapes; LEFTOVER Roasted Sweet Potatoes; Green Salad With Sherry Vinaigrette (sherry vinegar, dijon mustard, agave nectar, water, oil, black pepper) and Pomegranate Seeds

Snack - Lowfat Yogurt With Tangerines and Shaved Dark Chocolate

Dinner - Five Spice Beet Soup (beets, vegetable broth, olive oil, red onion, celery stalk, fresh ginger, Chinese five-spice powder, yogurt); Seared Grass-Fed Hanger Steak (hanger steak, olive oil) and Warm Escarole Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Snack - 2-3 dried figs and a handful of pistachios with herbal tea and honey

Bon Appetit advises that "Hanger steaks are a portion of the diaphragm between the rib and the loin, hanging unconnected to bone. There is only hanger steak per animal, and it is often called a butcher's cut (something that the butcher saves for his own family). Usually when you buy it, the steak has been bisected and trimmed of its tough central membrane, but check to make sure before cooking."

Day 6 of the Bon Appetit Cleanse Diet

Day 6

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Almond Milk, Banana Slices & Walnuts; Kefir

Lunch - LEFTOVER Five Spice Beet Soup with Shredded, Poached Chicken; Rye Crackers

Snack - Oil-Packed Marcona Almonds topped with Chopped Rosemary

Dinner - Itamar's Bulgur Pilaf (red bell peppers, tomato paste, stevia, pink peppercorns, coriander seeds, currents, bulgur wheat, water, black pepper, chives); Poached Eggs and Oven-Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Snack - 2-3 dates and 1 Tangerine

For The Oven-Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Bon Appetit recommends you "cut broccoli and cauliflower into florets, rub them with oil, sprinkle with them minimally with salt, then roast them on a baking sheet in a 400 degree F oven until tender, about 25 minutes. Squeeze a little lemon over them before serving."

Day 7 of the Bon Appetit Cleanse Diet - Lowfat Yogurt with Pear, Syrup, Flaxseed and Toasted Pecans, Roast Broccoli & Cauliflower with Apples, Tofu & Wa

Day 7

Breakfast - Lowfat yogurt with: 1 pear; 1 tbsp. maple syrup; Ground flaxseed; Toasted Pecans

Lunch - Leftover Roast Broccoli and Cauliflower tossed with sauteed apples, tofu and walnuts

Snack - Tuscan Kale Chips with lowfat yogurt scallion dips

Dinner - Curried Lentil Soup; Fresh Salmon and Lime Cakes; Sauteed Chard

Snack - Citrus Fruit Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

Week 1 Cleanse Diet Shopping List

Dairy & Dairy Substitutes - Eggs, Yogurt, Kefir, Almond Milk

Vegetables - Mushrooms, Onions, Shallots, Avocados, Endive, Carrots, Cauliflower, Parsnips, Butternut Squash, Salad Greens

Fruits - Lemon, Preserved Lemon, Medjool Dates, Dried Apricots, Oranges

Legumes and Grains - Chickpeas, Quinoa

Herbs & Spices - Thyme, Red Pepper Flakes, Sea Salt, Cilantro, Cinnamon Sticks, Bay Leaves, Star Anise, Ginger, Turmeric, Saffron

Breads - Whole Grain Toast

Oils, Vinegars and Sauces - Olive Oil, White Wine Vinegar, Vanilla Extract, Harissa, Pomegranate Molasses, Honey

Fruits Needed For This Cleanse Diet

Dried Fruits

Medjool Dates

Dried Figs

Dried Fruits (pears, nectarines, peaches, apricots)

Dried Cranberries


Dried Apricots

Citrus Fruits







Bartlett Pears


Green Grapes



Kaffir Lime Leaves (or substitute lime zest)

Unsweetened Flaked Coconut


Vegetables Needed For This Cleanse Diet

Seasonal Winter Vegetables

Root Vegetables


Yellow Beets

Red Beets

Sweet Potatoes

Russet Potatoes

Butternut Squash

Buttercup Squash

Delicata Squash

Celery Root (Celeriac)



Burdock Root




Red Cabbage


Salad Greens

Spinach Leaves

Mizuna (or substitute Arugala)

Mache (or substitute Arugala)




Fennel Bulbs

Small White Onions


Red Onions



Green or Red Chiles





Shittake Mushrooms







Red Bell Peppers

Snow Peas

Canned Diced Tomatoes

Pitted Black Olives

Meats, Nuts And Legumes Needed For This Cleanse Diet

Legumes & Meat Substitutes

Chick Peas


Red Lentils

Black Eyed Peas

Great Northern or Cannelini Beans

Red Kidney Beans

Frozen Edamame


Seeds & Nuts



Sliced Almonds


Oil-Packed Marcona Almonds

Sunflower Seeds


Albacore Tuna

Skinless Salmon Filet

Smoked Salmon


Sea Bass or Trout


Bone-In Chicken Breasts With Skin

Skinless Chicken Thigh Meat

Sliced Smoked Turkey


Hanger Steak

Pork Tenderloin

Beef Shin


Organic Beans & Legumes

I prefer to buy my beans dehydrated. It takes a little planning to make sure you've soaked them in time for your recipes, but it cuts down on transportation costs (and your eco footprint!) to purchase them this way.

Grains Needed For This Cleanse Diet

Breads & Crackers

Whole Grain Bread

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Rye-Crisp Crackers

Grain & Nut Mixes

Trail Mix



Pearl Barley



Semi-Pearled Farro or Wheat Berries

Brown Rice


Old-fashioned Oats

Steel-Cut Oats

Baking Goods & Flours

Rice Flour

All Purpose Flour

White Whole Wheat Flour

Baking Soda

Baking Powder

Dairy Substitutes, Dairy And Yogurt Needed For This Cleanse Diet



Almond Milk


Feta Cheese

Oils Needed For This Cleanse Diet


Olive Oil

Walnut Oil

Canola Oil

Mustard Oil

Sesame Oil

Peanut Oil

Vinegars And Mustards Needed For The Bon Appetit Cleanse


White Wine Vinegar

Red Wine Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Sherry Vinegar



Dijon Mustard

Cooking Wines & Liquids Needed For This Cleanse Diet

Cooking Wines & Liquids


Dry White Wine


Orange Flower Water

Coconut Milk

Vegetable Stock

Lemon Juice

Vanilla Extract

Specialty Sauces & Pastes Needed For This Cleanse Diet

Specialty Sauces & Pastes


Pomegranate Molasses

Miso Paste

Kombu (a Japanese sea vegetable)

Soy Sauce

Wasabi Paste

Cashew Butter

Tomato Paste

Fruit Chutney

Spices Needed For This Cleanse Diet

Salt & Pepper

Sea Salt

Black Peppercorns

Pink Peppercorns


Red Pepper Flakes

Dried Red Chiles

Cayenne Pepper



Ground Mustard

Whole Brown Mustard Seeds

Dessert Spices

Cinnamon Sticks

Vanilla Beans

Star Anise

Ground Cinnamon

Ground Nutmeg

Ground Ginger

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Dried Herbs

Bay Leaves


Indian Spices


Cardamom Pods

Cumin Seeds

Fennel Seeds

Coriander Seeds

Ground Coriander

Curry Powder

Garam Masala

Oriental Spices & Baking Needs

Corn Starch

Chinese Five-Spice Powder

Herbs Needed For This Cleanse




Curry (Kari) Leaves





Sweeteners Needed For This Cleanse Diet



Agave Nectar


Dark Chocolate

Brown Sugar

Cookbooks Some Of These Recipes Were Taken From

Snack Recipes From Bon Appetit's Cleanse Diet

The Bon Appetit Cleanse Diet as compiled by Sara Dickerman is not what most people would think of as a cleanse diet. Its certainly not a juice fast and can be quite indulgent sounding! Dickerman has also included meat dishes, processed foods, cooking wines, tomatoes and soy products: More strict cleanses prohibit these ingredients. The recipes are very tasty though - many of them have found a home in my permanent recipe collection. Its also a good way to introduce yourself to healthier ingredients. Will you be giving this cleanse diet a try? Do you have any criticisms or praise for it?

What are your feelings on this Cleanse Diet? - Will you be giving it a try?

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