This time of the year generally calls for some detox. Every year I try to pay attention, and every year I kind of overindulge! :) But this year is kind of special. The news and general atmosphere have been quite heavy lately, so this detox week was also a way to feel much lighter, body and mind. Cooking simple healthy earthy recipes helps me to ground myself and feel more centered. A kind of active meditation taking place in the kitchen…
Key principles : juice or smoothie in the morning, salad for lunch, soup in the evening. Bonus : homemade cacao spread – raw and vegan version
The good news is that provided you have a mixer, all these recipes are very basic and don’t call for much time..
Here are my recipes that you can easily adapt with your own combinations. My advice would be to rely on nice colour associations; to end up with something most healthy and tasty!
3 delicious juices and smoothies with different and complementary benefits
GREEN JUICE : granny smith, fennel, salad, mint, cucumber and banana. How does it work? rehydrates, drains and alkalyzes
SMOOTHIE JAUNE : curcuma, pineapple, coco yoghurt (or keffir + grated coconut) You can also use any mylk. How does it work? curcuma is one of the most powerful antioxydant and anti inflammatory food. Pineapple has a special enzyme that helps proteins digestion while probiotics also promote digestion.
RED JUICE : beetroot, ginger, nashi pear (or any other pear). How does it work? Beetroots have detox properties and are loaded with anti oxydants (anthocyanins), ginger is a good antiseptics and gives a quick to digestion, nashi pears rehydrate.
Home-made cacao spread (raw, vegan) : cashew nuts, psyllium, pear, cacao, agave syrup or honey, vanilla extract. Soak the cashew nuts at least 4-6 hours ahead (overnight is the simplest option). Rince and mix with a ss of water. Add 3 ts of psyllium rehydrated in 3 ss of hot water (vegetal fibers to be bought in organic store; They will bring a lot of onctuosity) Add a raw pear, 3 ts of cacao (if you have raw, even better), 2 ss of agave syrup or honey. Enjoy! You can replace pear by banana ( and go for a run after!:))
Salad with green peas pesto: cooked brocolis , green salad, cucumber, white or black radish seasoned with green pesto. This pesto can be prepared ahead of time and you can keep it a week in the fridge. Tip : prepare a bigger batch and freeze some of it.
Pesto vert : green peas, mint, aneth, ricotta and parmigiano cheese. It is a very dense and tasty mix that will boost any salad , raw and cooked veggies, pasta or toasts.. Totally awesome and so easy to prepare you will be tempted to eat it by the spoon. I will have warned you! By the way, of course the peas need to be boiled before being mixed… Mentioning just in case :) and frozen peas are an easy and quick option!
Carrot velouté : shallots, carrots, leak , fresh thyme (detox), potato (alcaline) . Golden briefly the shallots in some olive oil. Add the vegetables cut in small pieces along with the thyme, let it simmer with some water. Mix and enjoy! (Tip: for a bright orange velouté use the white parts of the leeks only)
What about you? Does cooking help you to feel grounded and restaure a good sense of balance? Enjoy your week!