I'm craving a huge bowlful of yoghurt, topped with berries, bananas and nuts. Like, really really craving them. As I sit here late at night typing up this post I am only one sleep away from my dream bowl of yoghurt. By the time you've read this tomorrow morning I will have finished my 3 day detox, eaten that said bowl of yoghurt, not topped with bananas as we are all out, but most definitely sprinkled with the few scavenged berries from the pots out back and a generous handful of almonds.
It's funny how the second we can't eat certain things, it's all we crave. First thing in the morning for the past three days all I've wanted is yoghurt, same goes for late at night before I go to bed. I swear I've been eating it in my dreams.
I'm not one of those people who do cleanses all the time, sure I think about doing them often but I've always got some completely valid excuse not to (don't we all?!). That's not to say that I haven't done them at all, I have. But if I'm being completely honest the last one I did was well over 2, okay maybe three years ago now and my body has been screaming out for another ever since.
Like a lot of you out there I wanted to start the new year off on the right foot, but doing a detox right in the middle of recipe testing for the book, well that's just a pretty silly idea I thought. While I was in the midst of trying to convince myself that maybe waiting a few more months until my manuscript was done would be the smarter idea, I saw the shout out on facebook from the guys behind Hungry for Change. They had just put up their simple little quicky detox and were providing support and advice over the next three days, would I like to join in? Try as I might, I really had no excuses left.
Juices really should be made to your own tastes, so take this recipe and run with it. If you don't like kale, use spinach. Don't have fennel? No worries, use more celery. Not a fan of coriander in your juice? Just use the teeniest amount, or leave out altogether. Taste and adjust as you see fit.
Makes approx 500-600ml or one large serve
3 stalks of celery
1/3 telegraph cucumber or 1 small Lebanese one
2 kale leaves
2 silverbeet (chard) leaves
1/2 small fennel bulb
1 small lemon, peeled
a good handful of parsley
a small handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves + stalks, optional
1 teeny piece of ginger (or as much as you like), optional
Cut all the fruit and vegetables into pieces small enough to fit in your juicer (I juice the stalks of all the veges and herbs too), and pass the whole lot through the machine. Drink immediately taking small sips and enjoy!
Adapted to suit my own tastes and from what I had on hand from the 3 day detox plan from Hungry for Change.
Please note that I am in no way affiliated with the Hungry for Change site, books or DVD and only recommend this detox from my own personal experiences and because I wholeheartedly believe in what they are trying to teach people.