I had an anonymous comment in response to a post a did a couple days ago titled, “How To Get Your Diet Back In Line After The Holiday Season.”
Here’s what he/she said: “Love this topic and new ideas to re-start your diet after the food-filled holidays! Is there any way you could post a few recipes for your raw food diet? Or some type of a plan for a few days of this type of diet that would get people started?”
In response to this inquiry, I’ve decided to post a sample day of my raw foods cleanse. Since my intention was to do a cleanse, I kept my diet pretty simple, sticking to the basics of whole fruits and veggies. However, some people choose to have a raw diet for life. If you decide this lifestyle is for you, there are numerous more complex raw treats and recipes of which you can incorporate into your diet. (Check out some of Averie’s raw treats to get you started, such as her tasty raw peanut butter cups.)
Also, the raw cleanse is not meant to make you feel like you’re being deprived of food. If at anytime you feel hungry, simply grab a piece of fruit or some cut up veggies. Just make sure that you don’t let yourself get so hungry that you end up reaching for the pretzels and potato chips. It helps to keep all processed junk food hidden in your cabinets.
Note: If you plan on doing the cleanse for more than a day or two, make sure to include some raw nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, to ensure you’re incorporating protein into your diet. It’s also important to drink lots of fluids throughout the day, which will additionally help cleanse the body. I also recommend only light activity, such as yoga rather than an intensive run.
Sample Day of Raw Cleanse
–1 large green smoothie (Recipe found below)
– 1 apple
-2 carrots, sliced into matchsticks
-2 celery sticks, sliced into matchsticks
-1 Asian pear (I’m not a huge advocate of eating foods out of season. However, when doing a cleanse diet as simple as this, I find it important to include your favorite fruits and veggies that you seldom get to eat. If you are trying to eat an all localized diet, look for in season fruits and veggies that you wouldn’t normally purchase. Seldom eaten produce is useful in adding excitement to the diet.)
-1 cup of miso “tea” (Mix one teaspoon of miso with one cup of hot, not boiling, water)
–Spiced Kohlrabi (recipe below)
-1 1-inch slice of avocado, sprinkled with salt
–1 green smoothie (can use different fruit and greens this time to change it up)
Green Smoothie Recipe
You can experiment with whatever fruit is in season or whatever you have on hand. We freeze strawberries from our garden, and I particularly enjoy the combination of apples and strawberries. Bananas and blueberries are also nice additions.
-5-6 frozen strawberries
-handful of kale or collards (about 2-4 large leaves)
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. The amount of water varies depending on the desired consistency.
Cut the kohlrabi into 1/4 inch x 3 inch matchsticks. Sprinkle with cumin, salt, and a squeeze of lime.