For the last week or so I’ve been overindulging on various raw vegan desserts, kale chips and as a result I’ve been feeling kinda lazy and low on energy. Yep, too much nutty snacks could backfire in such a way, even though they’re technically considered raw. Anyhow, on days like these I go back to the advice of one of the most prominent pioneers in fasting, vegetarianism and wellness movement – Paul Bragg. Among all the great recommendations from his books, I love the simple recipe of a cleanse salad – its main ingredients are root vegetables which contain a super high level of dietary fiber. Because of that property such salad works as an excellent intestinal broom, hence restoring your body back to its natural energetic and kicking self.
Always remembering about the broom salad and its amazing healing effect, I love root vegetables in my salads, and often make various versions of it for lunch. This time it’s a “broom” salad with a tomato-avocado twist! 🙂
Cabbage Carrot Cleanse Salad recipe
- 1 large carrot
- 1/2 cup white cabbage
- 1 medium tomato
- 1/4 avocado
- 3 tbsp parsley, chopped
- juice of 1/2 Meyer lemon
Chop up the carrot and cabbage in your food processor or if using a Vitamix make sure to chop them on a very low speed to get a chunky salad mix rather than a smooth blend. Then transfer the mix to a bowl and add tomato, avocado, parsley and lemon juice on top. Mix and enjoy! And feel how you get healthier with every bite 🙂
I bought fantastic hothouse beefsteak tomatoes recently (love the tomatoes but really hate the name!). Each of these tomatoes is so huge and delicious and their presence in my kitchen immediately sets my mind on my favorite gazpacho! I haven’t had any since October and since gazpacho is also a perfect raw vegan soup I was super happy to mix up some again. This time I added some twist to it by supplementing with cilantro and using leek instead of onion. Oh my, this combination is probably the best one I’ve made so far.
- 1 huge beefsteak tomato
- 1/2-1 large organic red bell pepper
- 1/3 English cucumber
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh leek
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- 1-2 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
- juice of 1 Meyer lemon
- dash of sea salt
- black pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix them up. You can also use a high speed blender like Vitamix (which I use), but make sure you mix the vegetables on a low setting. This way you’ll ensure the soup is chunky and not foamy (the result you would get from high speed blending). Topped with chopped 1/4 avocado and some defrosted corn. Yummm… 🙂
Yum! Who would like a smoothie for breakfast? I definitely am having one every day, unless I feel like I prefer a juice instead. But today is definitely a smoothie morning.
With all the fruit and berry abundance happening in my fridge now I decided to experiment and instead of the regular greens+banana smoothie make something more interesting. After adding red berries the color turned brown, but the taste was ohh so heavenly! Mixed all ingredients and topped with delicious raspberry and coconut shaves – and got something like acai bowl, in my case called strawberry goblet 🙂 Recipe below…
Raspberry Banana Smoothie recipe
- 1 heaping cup of baby spinach
- 1 banana
- 5 tangerines
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
Throw everything in your high speed blender (such as Vitamix) and mix very well. Top with more raspberries and coconut shaves.
Flaxseed oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, so I always add it to my smoothies. With the small amount added the oil cannot be tasted at all and you consume healthy omega-3 in a delicious way. Great way to have it.
So I figured the best place to buy berries when out of season is in Costco. They’re fresh, inexpensive and, best of all, organic. So honestly as much as I love to support PCC and Whole Foods, I stick with Costco in berries terms. At least as long as they’re selling organic stuff.
That said, I bought a whole load of berries on the weekend and now devouring them with gusto! They’re so fantastic just fresh, by themselves, so I’ve been mainly mono eating those 4 types of berries and my peppermint+lime mocktail, and feeling great and energetic while doing so. No wonder, as berries are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, essential minerals and are high in dietary fiber. Go berries 🙂