3/4 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)
1/2 frozen banana
1/3 cup vanilla soy yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 teaspoon flaxseed oil (optional, but good for you!)
dash of nutmeg (also optional)
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serves 1
Doesn't this look like a delicious way to start the day? These pictures are not of the recipe above, but I imagine a Bananaberry smoothie would look something like this. The wonderful thing with a smoothie is that once you grasp the concept you can play around and substitute any ingredients you want ... well for our purposes on the cleanse it would have to be dairy free.
Microwave the frozen strawberries for about 15 seconds so blender doesn't have to work so hard. Add peeled banana, yogurt, and strawberries.
Preparation time: 3 minutes
My mother used to have a different way to eat oats. She would boil water (I would guess 3 cups) and let it cool. She would put it in a glass container and add the uncooked oats (about 1 cup). She also would throw in a handful of raisins. It would soak for a few hours, or over night and then she would serve it in a bowl including a bit of the water which had turned cloudy and almost looked like skim milk. I'm not sure if it is an aquired taste, but I loved eating oats this way. The raisins give you a little hit of sweetness. I have not done so for a long time and intend to have a glass container of the oats soaked in water available for breakfasts and snacking.
In the meantime I have heard Dr. Oz say that he loves to eat walnuts that have been soaked in water. So I thought I would add some roughly chopped walnuts to the water, oats and raisins. I remember that my mother would drink any of the soaking water that did not get consumed with the oats and raisins. If you try this simple oat recipe, let me know what you think.
1 Cup Rolled Oats (Organic if possible)
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Soy Milk
1/2 Cup chopped herbs (parsley, sage, thyme etc)
Stock powder (the one you like, to taste)
Put oats, water and soy milk in a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5mins. Add herbs and stock powder, stirring every now and then to prevent sticking.
Grease a loaf pan with olive oil. When the oats are soft and creamy pour into the loaf tin. Allow the oats to cool and set (this can be done the day before and stored in the fridge.
Remove the oatcake from the loaf tin and slice into steaks. Heat a little olive oil in a heavy skillet and fry the oat steaks on both sides till golden brown.
This is high fiber, high energy winter comfort food that is perfect with a rich tomato sauce and grilled mushrooms. In summer you can BBQ it and serve with salad and a smoky corn and chili salsa (for summer change the herbs to coriander and basil adding them just before you pour the oats into the loaf tin)
Preparation time: 15 mins.
Of course, if you want your oatmeal to be as close as possible to the way you normally eat it (when not on the cleanse) it will look like the image below. Cooked in water (not milk) and not served with any dairy. My daughter says she adds almond milk (which has its own sweetness) and lots of chopped fruit for sweetness (no sugar!). A little cinammon would be a delicious addition. I suppose you could add a drop of agave syrup if you need more sweetness - but be judicious as it is extremely sweet and you need much less than you would sugar or maple syrup.
Since my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine together before supper - when our schedules allow - I am going to pamper myself with sparkling water and fruit 'cocktails' such as the one you see below. Use your fine stemware for your non-alcoholic beverages and you will feel less deprived.