Good morning 5777!
Today in Jerusalem I’m seeing a lot of white robes. It’s also the Islamic new year, year 1437.
Each year, we cleansers keep an open email thread with all of the participants and spectators. The first one just went out. We’re sharing stories, challenges, inspirations, questions, recipes. If you want to join please let us know.
We want to hear from you.
My cleanse experience is totally different every year. During the first one, I worked hard and carefully to examine labels. I always carried around a baggie of nuts. I wasn’t well versed in cleanse-friendly desserts and have a vivid memory of tastebud-shock after a post-cleanse brownie (Arielle do you remember?). I was a pro by the 3rd year. I didn’t even have to think about planning meals and mastered luxurious dried fruit/nut butter/cocoa treats. Last year putting the cleanse in the context of the American experience with a budget was a new challenge. I quickly figured out what I had to do: buy in bulk, get produce from the seconds bin at Berkeley Bowl, make my own soy milk (never again) — and what I’d have to nix from my cleanse favs: cashews, avocados, cacao nibs. Adhering to the SNAP budget of $4.10 a day kept me in check.
This year is the most unprepared I’ve ever gone into the cleanse. I’ve been seriously nomadic, under stress (the normal kind) and in constant company of junk food. I eat bamba and nutella on bread when it’s in front of me. I splurge on 50 shekel (about 13 USD) take-away salads when I’m on the go. It’s irresponsible.
I finally moved into an apartment though. I’m longing for routine and boundaries. I hope the cleanse will push me to be more careful about my spending habits… I feel it’s important to be thoughtful about how my purchases are impacting people around me here. Where will my explorations for best-price-produce lead me? Who do I want to buy from? I think I’ll hang around ladies combing through boxes of cucumbers on the floor in the markets.
Shana tova! Below is a cookie recipe to keep things sweet.
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Dark Chocolate Salty Oat CLEANSE Cookies
- 1/2 c roasted almond butter
- 4 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tbs unsweetened coconut shreds
- 2 pitted dates
- 2 dried mission figs
- splash of vanilla
- dash (or 2) of cinnamon
- 1/3 c water
- sea salt
- 1/3 c walnuts (chopped)
- 1 c oats
Combine roasted almond butter, cocoa powder, coconut shreds, dates, figs, vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt and water in food processor and blend until chunky paste forms (no need to run processor until all the lumps are out). Then, stir in oats and chopped walnuts. Form into cookie patties and let set in fridge for a few hours before serving.