About a week before our Thanksgiving holiday, my sister-in-law and friend asked me to participate with them in a month long raw cleanse. Considering this is a big season for hot soups and beautiful curry dishes, I was somewhat reluctant. But after a little thinking, I realized that this may in fact be a good time of the year. Our days are getting shorter and cooler and often with it comes the common cold and flu bugs. I want my body to be in “tip top” shape to fight these nasty invaders. I just do not have the time to be sick! Also, why wouldn’t I want to feel more energetic and youthful? (My birthday was only days away from this realization). So, today is my fourth day on “The 28 – Day Simply Raw Detox Program” by Natasha Kyssa.
This is my second time on this program – the first being in the Spring. Back then, somewhere near the end of the program, I discovered that I had developed some excellent dietary habits. Unfortunately, for me, some of those habits slowly slipped away during the hot summer months. So, I am looking at this cleanse as a “refresher” – a reminder to continue those healthy habits once learned.
When I meander to the kitchen, first thing at the crack of dawn, I down one whole glass of room temperature water. Water helps every cell in the body function properly. During this cleanse, I must be sure to drink LOTS OF WATER. For breakfast, I choose to whip up a green smoothie of apple, lemon juice, kale (high in calcium) and WATER. For this first week of the cleanse, I can add some raw agave, stevia, or unpasteurized honey, but I have found that this smoothie really doesn’t need it. I love it as it is! Normally in the mornings, I would throw a banana in there, but Natasha recommends leaving a banana out for later in the morning. Bananas take longer to digest, so they are best to be left for later when I may require something heavier or more filling.
On a cleanse or not, green smoothies are a quick and healthy breakfast option. Here is Natasha’s recipe – hope you give it a whirl!
NATASHA’S APPLE-KALE GREEN SMOOTHIE
- 4 apples, cored
- 1/2 cup lemon juice*
- 4 leaves kale*
- water to thin
Blend all ingredients together. Makes 1 serving.
*At first, I found this to be a little too much lemon juice. For the first time, you may want to decrease the quantity and adjust to taste. If you don’t have any kale in the fridge, try a big handful of spinach. Choose organic, local produce, if you can.
****If you feel you need a little sweetener, try adding a tablespoon of raw agave or stevia. Soften dates are a great sweetener, too. Soak dates in filtered water overnight. Drain water in the morning then toss them in your blender. You’ll love a smoothie with dates! Please avoid adding white table sugar. More about this in an upcoming post!