Every once in a while I start to notice that all the baking, cooking and taste-testing I do for KLB is beginning to catch up with me. It's fun to take decadent, rich meals and special treats and Veganize them in an effort to encourage non-vegans to give a plant-based diet a try. But if you're like me, eating this way all the time — vegan or not — will always catch up with you sooner or later if you're taking in lots of added sugar, carbs and extra calories.
So to center my balance, eliminate any built-up toxins and create a fresh Pure Vegetarian palette for getting back to some healthier eating habits, I'm doing a three-day cleanse. I usually like to do fruit cleanses, paired with yoga and other light exercise like walking, and this cleanse is not much different. Only, instead of consuming solely raw fruit, fruit juice and lots of water I'm blending it all together — literally.
For the next three days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be fruit smoothies (and I won't forget to snack on fresh fruit whenever I feel hungry, and drink plenty of water and herbal teas). I'll be trying a different kind of fruit in my smoothies each day.
Day One: bananas, blueberries and fresh basil. Here's how you can make your own:
BANANA, BLUEBERRY AND BASIL SMOOTHIE
1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced into small rounds
6 oz (1 package) fresh blueberries (I keep mine on hand in the freezer and use them frozen)
1 tablespoon honey (or 1/2 tablespoon agave nectar, or 1 packet of sugar), or to taste
3 - 4 fresh basil leaves, to taste
Juice of one lime
6 - 10 ice cubes
Blend your smoothie: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass, garnish with sprig of basil and sip with a straw, or pour into a travel mug to drink on the go.
Not all diets are for everyone. Before beginning any diet or cleanse of your own, please consult your doctor.