Wow I can’t believe this is already the second WIAW of my cleanse! This is flying by, and I honestly don’t feel deprived or like I’m missing out on my favourite foods. I think it’s because instead of focusing on all the things I can’t have (which is really easy to do in a cleanse since you are cutting specific things out), I’m focusing on all the things I can enjoy! It’s gotten me to try some really delicious foods and dishes that I never would have otherwise (i.e.: non-chocolate desserts). I can’t wait to show you guys all the delicious foods I’ve been eating and creating!
I really think this is the key to any change in diet, whether it’s a small one like reducing sugar consumption or large like going vegetarian or gluten-free:
Focus on the positive! What you CAN eat, not what you CAN’T. What new dishes you get to try, not the old favourites. The new adventures you get to have instead of the comfortable stand-bys. And that being said, look at what you already eat that already fits in with your diet change.
This has helped a ton over the last few weeks, especially since at work I am surrounded by delicious caffeinated and sugar-laden beverages. I just think about all the delicious drinks I can make at home!
In other news: dehydrating is coming along nicely! I have now successfully made some granola and plan on trying out some more cookies tomorrow! I think I’m getting the hang of this thing :)
And now onto…
WIAW: Cleanse Edition #2!
Pre-breakfast and Breakfast
Pre-breakfast was the usual glass of lemon water
Breakfast was a super-delicious green smoothie that I’m calling a blueberry pomegranate smoothie. So packed with antioxidants! Accompanied by a mug of Dandy Blend with a drop of chocolate stevia and hazelnut milk. Definitely helped warm me up after the chilling smoothie.
Sprouted quinoa with a raw “meat sauce” that I concocted. Has a really meaty texture!
A romaine wrap with the above mentioned meat sauce (I made A LOT of it) and a raw cookie topped with cashew cream (I may have had a few more of these after the picture but ssshhhh). I wasn’t too sure about those cookies at first, but then I found myself continually going back for more! And iced with cashew cream, I mean what isn’t good with cashew cream?? For this cashew cream I blended in dates and it gave an earthy sweetness. Thanks for the suggestion Lou!
An AMAZING dinner: Sweet Potato Fries with Raw Cashew Tomato Dip and Spirulina Steamed Greens. This obviously wasn’t a raw meal, but that’s ok! I still met my goals for the day and this is definitely still nutritious! Recipes below!
Sweet Potato Fries with Raw Cashew Tomato Dip (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-Free)
These fries have just the right amount of spice and the cashew tomato dip is so good, I swear I could just eat spoonfuls of it! It doesn’t taste exactly like ketchup- it’s creamier and not quite as sweet, but I would use it anywhere I would use ketchup. And don’t be afraid to load it on- Cashews give this dip loads of healthy fats and there is no added sugar! Dip away my friends!
1 sweet potato
1 tsp avocado oil (or whatever high-smoke-point oil you choose!)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp oregano
Slice the sweet potato into fries and toss with the other ingredients to coat. Bake at 350°F for about 45 min, until soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, turning once halfway.
Raw Cashew Tomato Dip:
1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes (I’m sure any tomato you choose would work)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 tsp garlic powder
heaping 1/4 tsp sea salt
2 drops stevia
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/16 tsp all spice + an extra little pinch (this really made the dip for me!)
Blend all ingredients together. Store in a sealed container in the fridge. Some separation will occur, but just stir before using and you’re good to go.
Spirulina Steamed Greens (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)
These greens have loads of flavour from the nutritional yeast and coconut aminos and are nutritional powerhouses! The spirulina (a blue-green algae) is a complete protein and has loads of good minerals and vitamins (like Vitamin A and B12 and iron), the coconut aminos has amino acids and the nutritional yeast has B12! And of course there are the greens themselves- steamed spinach and kale are packed full of the good stuff. Spirulina is quite bitter, which is why I only used a very small amount. Feel free to use whichever greens you have/prefer.
1 handful raw, chopped kale
1 handful baby spinach
1/2 tsp coconut aminos
1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
1/16 tsp spirulina
Lightly steam the spinach and kale for about 1-2 min then remove. When ready to serve, sprinkle the remaining ingredients of top!
Thanks for checking out this WIAW and thanks of course to Jen at Peas and Crayons for hosting it!