3 Day Winter Detox (Vegan & Food Based) – Day 2

Day 2 of the winter detox is here! If you miss day one, just click here to go to that post.

As a reminder, this is a food-based, vegan cleanse since we now know that your body craves warming foods that are grounding, nurturing and comforting. Those don’t have to mean fried, doughy shit. We could still boost our detox channels with a food-based winter detox. Here’s how to do it.

This is Video #2

Have any questions about cleanses or winter detox? Let me know in the comments below!

Ways To Keep Warm In The Cold Months

Are you cold ALL THE TIME! Are your hands and feet always cold, even when is not THAT cold?

I’m a tropical girl and the winter time is not my favorite time of the year. I do a variety of things and eat a variety of foods can help the body stay warm during these winter months. Here are some of the grains, spices and oils that give the body energy to keep warm:

Do you have any other food ideas to stay warm in the cold months? Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup (Vegan)

In my work, I constantly recommend clients to embrace easy-to-digest meals that are also tasty and satisfying. Liquid meals, and especially soups, are my go-to foods when I need a light yet nourishing meal. And of course, they are a perfect addition to a potluck, family gathering or holiday party!

One of my favorite recipes is for a non-dairy, creamy butternut squash soup. Squashes are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may protect you from heart disease, cancer and arthritis. They are also great sources of Vitamins A & C, low in calories and high in dietary fiber, helping you manage weight in the process.

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This soup is a fun, healthier version of the traditional Butternut Squash soup, which tends to be prepared with heavy cream and butter. Check it out!


Yields 4 cups

2 Tsp. Grapeseed oil

2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 large carrots, chopped

4 cups Butternut Squash (peeled, seeded and chopped into cubes)

4 cups vegetable stock

2 cups unsweetened coconut milk; more if desired

½ tsp of ginger, minced

¼ tsp cinnamon

Cilantro, Celtic sea salt, pepper to taste

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  1. In a skillet, add the grapeseed oil, garlic and onions and sautéed for 3 minutes
  2. In a separate, medium size pot, peel and seed the squash and boil in a litt  le water for about 5-7 minutes or until tender. Drain the water when done.
  3. Cut the squash into cubes, add the onion/garlic sautéed, celery, carrots and vegetable stock. Season with cilantro, sea salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer, cooking for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the ginger and cinnamon and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat off and let it cool off for another 10 minutes.
  7. Blend the soup in badges, adding the coconut milk until desired consistency and taste is achieved.


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 serving

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Metabolism and Plant Based Diet with Eco Vegan Gal

This is video #2 of the Metabolism series and today I have a very special guest: the Eco-Vegan Gal Whitney Lauritsen. She is an online content creator, social media specialist, YouTube superstar and healthy living crusader. She dedicates her time and energies to spreading awareness about how to develop a lifestyle in harmony with the body and the planet.

I’ll be picking Whitney’s brain about her lifestyle and debunking some of the myths about metabolism with respect to a plant-based diet. Questions like:

Can you rev up or increase your metabolism on an all plant-based diet?

Check out the interview here!

Do you have a question for Whitney? Leave a comment below and let me know. We’ll get your queries and questions answered right away!


Quinoa Salad – Simple Vegan Recipes, Part 3 with Jovanka Ciares

For the last recipe of our “5 Ingredient Vegan” cooking series, we are putting together a quinoa salad. Remember those days where you have a few leftover ingredients from the last few days and no idea what to eat?

Mix them together into a wonderful plant-based meal that will take just minutes to prepare!

Check out the quick video below!

Wasn’t that quick and easy?! What other ingredients would you add to this salad to give it a little bit of spunk? Let me know in the comments below!

Cinnamon Tahini Cookies – Simple Vegan Recipes, Part 2

I’M MAKING VEGAN COOKIES! Think it’s too hard or not tasty? Think again. Part 2 of a 3-part cooking series is a crazy easy recipe for cinnamon tahini cookies!

So if you’re interested in simple plant-based meals using 5 ingredients or less, this is a recipe for you. The prep time for this recipe is a whopping 3 minutes and the cook time just 10!

Check out Jenne and I make this recipe and go on to make them yourself!

SHARE this video with all your friends who are interested in learning to bake and cook plant-based recipes!

Sweet Potato Falafel – Simple Vegan Recipes, Part 1

I’ve been wanting to create a series of cooking videos to show you how easy it is to eat a clean, healthy diet without breaking the bank. I’m really fortunate to have partnered with vegan chef Jenne Claiborne, author of the “5 Ingredient Vegan” to create these fun, delicious, simple vegan recipes.

If you’re interested in simple plant-based meals using as little as 5 ingredients and that take just minutes to prepare and enjoy, these video series was made for you!

Today’s is a recipe for a fantastic sweet potato falafel. Check it out!

What did you think? Easy enough, right? You must try these recipe because it is too yummy not to! Please SHARE with all your friends and leave a comment to let me know how your recipe turned out!


About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...