Every year at some point I like to do a total reset with my body. I try to plan it around my busiest time of the year. Sometimes it’s after the holidays and sometimes it’s after summer. Sometimes I do them twice a year depending on the situation. It’s a great way to detox the body.

When I do this, I use smoothies as meal replacements for 30 days. They mainly consist mostly of puréed fruits and veggies and a plant based protein powder to keep me satiated. Occasionally I’ll add some cacao nibs or a little bit of nut butter.

A lot of people ask me why I don’t do a juice cleanse instead, but I prefer to have the fiber and all of the other benefits that come from eating whole fruits and veggies. Plus juice wouldn’t be enough to keep me full whatsoever.

Initially this process was a real pain. It took a lot of trial and error with my smoothies and getting them to the right consistency. I was never happy with chunky bits that I’d end up with after blending them. Additionally, I was having to make new batches about every 3 days or so, which was extremely annoying.

I was browsing different blogs with smoothie tips when I came across a great idea that I’m surprised never popped into my head before: I could make larger batches of smoothies with my Cuisinart food processor. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of that before.

I make a lot of smoothies during this time. It almost looks like I’m setting up a cleanse for a small business. I do 4 different combinations so that I can switch it up a bit and not get bored. The only other thing I eat while doing this is green salad with a little squeeze of lemon or lime.

At some point I realized I could probably prep for 2 whole weeks if I got a bigger work bowl. I searched KitchenWorksUSA and found Cuisinart DLC-8 4-piece Tritan Bowl Kit part. The batches were quite a bit bigger. It was nice to know that I wouldn’t need to make any more for 2 whole weeks. I had no idea how I was going to use the extra time I’d have on my hands, but I was sure I’d manage just fine.

My whole body feels brand new after I do this reset. I’m so thankful I realized I could do this with my Cuisinart food processor, otherwise I was going to throw in the towel sooner or later. Instead, I have a great healthy ritual that I’m able to do regularly. One thing is for sure, you can’t put a price on good health.