A day of light raw eating

food health Jan 26, 2019

As someone who eats raw food most of the time, I rarely feel the need to detox or cleanse. However, over the winter months we tend to consume more cooked vegan foods and I while we have visitors staying with us, I may eat foods that don't usually find their way onto my plate. 

So I like to plan in a light-eating day once in a while. And today I'd like to share with you a sample of my menu:

The first thing I do in the morning when I get up is some oil pulling. You may have heard of this Aryuvedic oral hygiene procedure, and I do it with the Ringana Tooth Oil – it's pleasant tasting, and because of the herbal extracts used in a base of organic sesame oil, you don't actually need to use a lot of oil, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon is enough.

I pull the oil while I make our first drink of the day:
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder (or a few slices of fresh ginger)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne peppper (optional)
put in a large cup with filled 1/4 with cold water, then top up with hot water – just off the boil. 

Once I've done my oil pulling, I spit out the oil, brush my teeth and rinse and settle back into bed to enjoy my lemon-ginger water while I do some reading. 

My first meal of the day is a large green juice – kale, spinach, chard, celery, parsley, lemon, apple, cucumber, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, watermelon, well, whatever is at hand really. I add to this a sachet of a balancing superfood powder, which contains amongst other goodies, chlorella, spirulina and barley grass juice. I use a Tribest Slowstar juicer. It's easy to clean and makes a high quality juice that keeps in the fridge for a day or can be frozen. 

The routine so far is something I follow every day, but then I usually have quite a fat and protein rich breakfast of seeds, nuts and superfoods. Today I stuck to just a Matcha latte. 

I mix a 1/2 teaspoon Matcha tea with a little cold water and whisk it with a Matcha whisk. I then add about half a cup of hot water. In the meantime I heat 1/2 to 3/4 cup of vegan milk in our milk frother. I love a combination of coconut and oat milk, or home made almond milk. Watch my video on how to make dairy free milk.

Matcha is a wonderful alternative to coffee, full of antioxidants, amino acids and polyphenols it's a beauty tea for radiant complexion. RINGANA Organic Matcha tea is the finest, ceremonial grade matcha I've tasted.

For lunch I had a smoothie bowl, featuring antioxidant rich berries, pineapple, pear and baobab for a healthy digestion, linseed for Omega 3 oils and Maca powder to balance the hormones. 

Ingredients:
1/4 of a small pineapple
1/2 cup raspberries
1 pear
1/4 lemon rind (I use the rind from the lemon I squeezed into my morning drink)
2 tablespoons freshly ground linseed (flax seed)
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 tablespoon baobab powder

Blend until smooth, top with a spoon of coconut yoghurt. 

Just a cup of tea in the afternoon, and then on to dinner. A chop bowl is fast and easy to make, as well as delicious and filling. 

Ingredients:
2 large kale leaves, stems removed and chopped finely
1 small carrot, grated
1/3 romaine pepper, chopped into small cubes
1 tablespoon chopped celery leaves
3 leaves of a little gem lettuce, sliced
1/2 avocado, cubed
1 tablespoon nori flakes
1 tablespoon soaked pumpkin and sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon capers

1 tablespoon olive oil
A little sea salt or Herbamare, herbal salt
1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Black pepper to taste

Massage the kale with the olive oil, salt and nutritional yeast.
Add all other ingredients and mix well. Enjoy!

If you would like more 'cleansing' recipes for a full day of liquid meals, get my free e-book 'Easy One Day Cleanse'

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