Happy Tuesday Cleansemasters!
How are you feeling? What are you eating? What are you thinking?
On day 5, I feel my body adjusting – sugar cravings are less intense, when I eat carb-heavy foods (like rice or fruit) I feel it in bloodstream immediately, I turn down cookies with pride and accomplishment. This cleanse has been much easier for me than previous ones… I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. Maybe it’s because I know what to expect and I’m comfortable with “cleanse” eating habits? I don’t feel deprived of anything.
A main reason that this cleanse is not as challenging as previous ones is because I’m living at home with my parents, where I have access to any and every ingredient I could ever want. When I first did the cleanse, my budget informed my grocery list. Cashews and almonds were gold and I made sure to ration my weekly fruit dosage. But my parents’ house contains three freezers and three fridges… all stocked to their brims with nuts, dried fruits, weird flours, restaurant-sized tubs of spinach, etc. Home = abundance, so there’s lots to eat all the time. Does this take away from the ultimate goals of the cleanse? Do I have to make sacrifices to feel accomplished, or is it ok that the cleanse is easy?
Last night I made a great, easy cleanse-friendly cashew cheese. I will use it to make a caprese salad with tomatoes layered with fresh basil, salt, pepper and olive oil. The recipe is below.
Best wishes for settling into your unique cleanse routines! Keep the recipes and thoughts coming!
- 2 C raw cashews (I use cashew pieces because their cheaper), soaked overnight, then drained
- 2 tbs nutritional yeast (optional – adds to creamy texture)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- zest of 1 lemon (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic
- Herbs, optional (I used a South African smoke seasoning from Trader Joes – delish!)
- sea salt to taste
- ⅓ cup water (or more as necessary)
Add all ingredients to food processor and puree until creamy. Let set in refrigerator over night to let flavors come together. This recipe should yield a thick creamy spread. If you want a thicker consistency that you can crumble or slice, wrap the puree in cheesecloth and strain for 4 – 8 hours.