GOOP Detox

I’ve been keeping an eye on the Annual Goop Detox since they put out their first Detox plan in January 2013. The idea is to have a New Year reboot and get rid of some of the evidence of the Festive Season’s excesses, that even the most disciplined healthy stars like Gwyneth Paltrow may need (for those unfamiliar with Goop, it is a website/newsletter started by Gwyneth in 2008). I like being presented with a daily clean eating plan with a fixed menu, packed with super healthy, interesting ingredients for my reboot. It makes it far easier for me to stick to a healthy eating plan.

I don’t shy away from cooking or having to go to a little effort in the kitchen. However, I’ve previously found the Annual Goop Detox to be a little OTT in terms of the “squeakiest of clean eating” and exotic ingredients, which we either don’t have easy access to here in SA, or can be eye-wateringly expensive. So, I was very pleased when I cast my eye over the more “doable” 2018 version. It even comes with a convenient downloadable and printable shopping list.



What I like about the 2018 Goop Detox is it’s a 5-day plan, there are far fewer exotic ingredients and the recipes are really easy and quite tasty. This said, there are still a couple of items that may require substitution or that you need to source from a health shop like Dischem or Faithful to Nature. I’ve made some notes to help you with the substitutions and included links so you can shop the specialty ingredients you may have difficulty finding.  

I think that this is a great clean eating plan that will help you anytime you need a reboot or to get your diet back on track. I did it following a 3-day fast Mich dragged me into this January (which she’ll be telling you all about later this week as well). I found that the Goop Detox plan helped me bank the benefits I’d experienced from the fast, and further fueled my 2018 reboot. This together with my Dry-January journey, has left me a little lighter, feeling pretty good and motivated to stay on track.



We’re always going on about this, but it’s important to make sure you use as many organic and/or GMO free ingredients as possible. You need to invest in your nutrition and reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and toxins where you can.

The skin helps get rid of toxins so make sure you sweat it out, either by exercising and/or taking a sauna or spending time in the steam room. Don’t forget to drink lots of water.

Make sure your bowel movements remain regular by using a mild herbal laxative or drinking a tea like Back Forrest. You may need to help the body cleanse itself.



GOOP Detox

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Eliminate these from your diet

This is Goop’s “Ditch List”, i.e. the items you’ll be eliminating from your diet for the 5 days:



Corn (maize)




Nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, potatoes)

Refined Sugar



White Rice


The meal plan

All the recipes have links to the original Goop Detox recipe on the Goop website. Just click on the recipe name to go there. Where there’s a number (1) next to a recipe name, I’ve included a local substitution recommendation or recipe clarification in my notes below.


Sunday – Shop and prep day

Shop: Do your main grocery shop on Sunday so you’re prepped and sorted for the week ahead. You can download and print the complete shopping list courtesy of Goop here. I’ve included images and links to shop some of the specialty health products locally further on in this post below. Some notes regarding the Goop shopping list:

1. 1 pound equates to about 450g.

2. If you don’t want to go to the shops multiple times during the week, double up on the chicken. So purchase 2x450g and freeze the 2nd 450g for use on Friday.

3. If you’re going to use a pre-made Green Curry Paste like I did, remove the Green Curry Paste Ingredients from your shopping list, excluding the fresh ginger which you need for other recipes as well.

Prep: To save time during your day, it’s a good idea to follow the prep suggestions. Make a batch of Raspberry Overnight Oats1, prep the Mexican Chopped Salad2 (including Pickled Red Onions, Creamy Cilantro (Coriander) Avo Dressing, and Easy Black Beans), and make the Turmeric Cashews (or Almonds)3.




Breakfast: Raspberry Overnight Oats1

Lunch: Mexican Chopped Salad2

Snack: Turmeric Cashews3

Dinner: Italian Kale and Chicken Soup with chickpea pasta4

Prep: Cook one Baked Sweet Potato (you can also simply use a microwave like I did if you forget to pre-roast your sweet potato or are pressed for time), make SunButter Satay Sauce.




Breakfast: Sweet Potato Pancake with Coconut and Berries5

Lunch: Summer Rolls6 with SunButter Sauce

Snack: Creamy Cilantro Dressing with leftover radishes and veggies (from your summer rolls)

Dinner: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tostadas

Prep: Make another batch of Raspberry Overnight Oats1.




Breakfast: Raspberry Overnight Oats1

Lunch: Italian Kale and Chicken Soup4

Snack: Apple with SunButter

Dinner: Green Curry Zoodle Soup with Halibut7

Prep: Cook another Baked Sweet Potato




Breakfast: Collagen Mint Chip Smoothie8

Lunch: Cold Noodle Salad with SunButter Satay Sauce

Snack: Turmeric Cashews3

Dinner: Savoury Sweet Potato Pancake with Arugula (Rocket) Salad




Breakfast: Fruity Chlorella Smoothie

Lunch: Kale, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Salad

Snack: Apple with SunButter

Dinner: Green Curry Chicken with Coconut Quinoa



1. Raspberry overnight oats

I’m a huge fan of oats for a healthy complete breakfast that keeps you feeling satisfied all morning. Make sure you use the quick-cooking oats for this recipe (like the ones I suggest below). Don’t fret if you forget to make these oats the night before. Just make it in the morning by cooking the oats for 5-minutes, in which case I like to add some lemon rind to the oats while they’re cooking for added zest. I also like to substitute the coconut sugar with organic maple syrup from time to time.


2. Mexican chopped salad

There are 2 potentially challenging items that the recipe calls for.

Grain free tortillas. I found these impossible to come by. However, you can make your own with this easy 5-minute cassava flour tortilla recipe. Alternatively, you can leave these out and add some shredded chicken to the recipe for a protein boost.

Jicama. This is a Mexican yam bean, or Mexican turnip, which is low in calories, high in fiber and has a crisp texture when eaten raw. Either leave it out or simply substitute with some crisp green apple and/or celery.


3. Turmeric cashews (or almonds)

I substituted the cashews with almonds since I’m not a huge fan of cashews. They have similar calorie and fat profiles but almonds have 3 times more fiber, more calcium and are one of the best sources of the essential antioxidant Vitamin E.


4. Italian kale and chicken soup with chickpea pasta

According to Goop this is a cleaned-up version of chicken noodle soup. I really enjoyed this and found it very satisfying. I used all the herbs and spices suggested in the recipe which gave it great flavour so I advise you do the same. The recipe makes 4 servings so if you’re cooking for two, you have enough for both Monday dinner and Wednesday lunch.  A couple of notes regarding the ingredients:

Chicken. The recipe calls for “1 boneless, skinless chicken breast”. Reading the shopping list, this equates to 1 pound or 450 grams.

Pasta. I used 1 cup of Happy Earth People uncooked chickpea fusilli pasta (about 63 grams). Cook the pasta before adding it to the finished soup.


5. Sweet potato pancake with coconut and berries

This is delicious! In fact, this will make a great “pumpkin fritter” substitute as a side for lunch or dinner (ex the yoghurt and berries.)

Sweet potato. Instead of roasting your sweet potato you can take a short cut like I did. Simply peel and microwave for 7 or so minutes until soft.

Gluten-free oat four. Instead of purchasing this, I used my gluten free rolled oats and blitzed them into a flour in the food processor.

Coconut nectar. I substituted with organic maple syrup.

Coconut yoghurt. If you’re in the Cape you’re lucky because you have access to YOKOS dairy free coconut yoghurt here. However, I settled for the Woolworths lactose free yoghurt instead.


6. Summer rolls

Brown rice paper wrappers. I simply left these out and wrapped the veggies in the large lettuce leaves. Instead, I added some cooked King Soba Brown Rice & Wakame Noodles to my veggies and wrapped this all up in the lettuce leaves.


7. Green curry zoodle soup with halibut

Green curry paste. To save time I didn’t make my own green curry paste, but used a good quality store-bought version instead.

Halibut. Substitute with any sustainable white fish.


8. Collagen mint chip smoothie

 I love this smoothie! It’s like dessert and will remain on my regular smoothie list going forward, especially as an easy pre- or post-workout meal.

Collagen powder: I have included this in “shop the post” below. However, you can omit this from the recipe or substitute with a vegan protein. I also used the Soaring Free Superfoods Super Shake – Chocolate Boost for a perfect post-workout chocolate recovery drink.

Read about the amazing anti-ageing benefits of including regular collagen powder drinks in your diet here.



GOOP Detox

1. Nature’s Choice Gluten Free Rolled Oats, 380g. R59 BUY / MORE INFO

2. Absolute Organix Organic Coconut Blossom Sugar, 350g. R89 BUY / MORE INFO

3. Good Life Organic Chia Seeds, 180g. R80 BUY / MORE INFO

4. Health Riot Premium Cassava Flour, 450g. R90 BUY / MORE INFO

5. Black Beans in Brine, 400g. R 15.99 BUY / MORE INFO

6. Martinnaise Original Vegan Mayonnaise, 400g. R49 BUY / MORE INFO

7. Kitchen Garden Roasted Sunflower Seed Butter, 250g. R85 BUY / MORE INFO

8. Chaloner Maple Syrup Grade A: Organic Dark & Delicious, 250l. R159 BUY / MORE INFO

9. Kimono Organic Tamari Sauce, 250ml. R86 BUY / MORE INFO

10. King Soba Brown Rice & Wakame Noodles, 250g. R95 BUY / MORE INFO

11. Doves Farm Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti, 500g. R72,25 on special (normally R85). BUY / MORE INFO

12. Happy Earth People 100% Chickpea Fusilli Pasta, 250g. R78 BUY / MORE INFO

13. Superfoods Organic Cacao Nibs, 200g. R135 BUY / MORE INFO

14. Sally Ann Creed Pure Hydrolysed Collagen, 200g. R265 BUY / MORE INFO

15. Superfoods Organic Maca Root Powder, 200g. R135 BUY / MORE INFO

16. The Real Thing Green Power Powder, 150g. R175.50 on special (normally R195). BUY / MORE INFO Use to replace Chlorella powder.


Please drop us a comment if you have any questions about any of the products or even if you have any product recommendations of your own. We’re always eager to find and try new things!


(Related posts: Find more fantastic healthy smoothie recipes here or additional tips on how to further clean-up your wellness and reboot your New Year here.)

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