I hope you all had a great St Patty’s Day! I always loved St Patrick’s Day as a kid, it was always a big deal around our house. My parents would let us have vanilla ice cream with a little creme de menthe. I thought watching the ice cream turn green as you poured the syrup over it was the coolest thing ever. But, after eating heavy food and drinking enough booze to drown in last week in Ireland, I decided to do a little cleanse this St Patty’s Day weekend. One of my clients told me about the juice cleanse from Cruda Cafe in St Lawrence Market, so I decided to give it a whirl.
Cruda means RAW in Spanish, and Cruda Cafe definitely lives up to it’s name sake. When I arrived to pick up my 4 day cleanse I was met with a spread of delicious looking raw foods, a sea of greens, and vegan treats. Then they handed me two boxes of glass bottles and told me to just follow the numbers, it’s that easy!
I’m not sure that I’m completely sold on the whole just drinking juice as a cleanse (although I’ve done it in the past). It was recently explained to me by a naturopath that a cleanse is meant to nourish, and replenish the body’s nutrients and balance. Even though many juice cleanses say there are plenty of nutrients in the juice, and enough calories to sustain you, our body absorb liquids very differently than we do solid foods. Nutrients may be there, but are absorbed in a different way. So I decided to take this cleanse into my own hands, and cater it to my needs. The best cleanse I’ve done is the Ultimate Energy Cleanse I did last Spring. Read more about that experience here. So I decided to model this cleanse after the UEC. I drank the juices, but would add in sauteed dandelion and beet tops with garlic, or arugula salads in the afternoon when I felt hungriest. I also added a glass of almond milk with cinnamon at night to curb my undying sugar cravings. I made sure to take plenty of oil of oregano, and my ultimate flora for digestion. Best of all, I found this great recipe for Chia Seed Pudding from Detoxinista that helped me through mid morning. I’ll definitely be making this recipe long after my cleanse is done tomorrow!
Chia Seed Pudding
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (I left the maple syrup out while on the cleanse and added cinnamon)
Step 1: Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until a uniform texture is achieved. Transfer to a sealed container and allow to chill overnight.
Note: If you prefer a tapioca-like texture, simply stir all of the ingredients together and allow to chill overnight. Chia puddings take practice to get the texture “just right,” so feel free to adjust the amount of seeds or liquid to achieve the texture you desire.
Please Note: These are my views on cleansing and detox from my experience and knowledge, it can be a very individual experience. I am not a naturopath or nutritionist, so if your new to all this it’s best to recruit a pro!