Real talk, guys: You’re crushing it with the whole gym thing. In fact, your bulging triceps would like to extend a serious thank you. As for that healthy diet? With temptations left and right, things in that department might be proving a little difficult. We’re with you, which is why we were extra grateful when we stumbled upon the Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse book by Shauna Martin, founder of the popular juice and smoothies company, Daily Greens. Try some of these clean, simple recipes from the book today and kick off 2016 with a total tastebud reset. Cheers to healthy eating, slurping, and living in the new year!
1. Raw Cauliflower Soup
Refreshing and inventive, you’ll love this nutrient dense soup that requires only a handful of ingredients. Experiment with different herbs for garnish like basil, tarragon, parsley, and even mint.
- ½ head of cauliflower
- 1 peeled garlic clove
- ¼ peeled sweet onion
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of Italian spice
- 2 to 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup of water
- Sea salt and pepper (to taste)
Directions: Blend ¼ cup of pine nuts on high speed for 1-2 minutes. Add all ingredients except water and blend until smooth. Add water as needed for desire consistency. Garnish with parsley leaves and cracked pepper.
2. Vanilla Grapefruit Green Juice
Bright and bursting with citrus, you’ll love the interesting kick from cilantro and lime, along wtih a gentle sweetness from vanilla extract. No kale? No problem. Some in your favorite dark leafy green in its place.
- 1 cucumber
- 3 to 4 kale leaves
- Handful of cilantro leaves (from 3 to 4 stems)
- ½ grapefruit
- ¼ lime
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Directions: Wash the cucumber, kale, and cilantro. Peel the grapefruit and lime, and cut each into quarters that will fit through your juicer. Run all ingredients through your juicer and scrape off foam. Stir in the vanilla and enjoy!
3. Creamy Avocado Smoothie
Rich and delightful — and did we mention avocado? Banana gives this smoothie heft, along with a nice dose of potassium (you’ll get even more if you use coconut water).
- Big handful of spinach (⅔ bunch)
- ½ large avocado or 1 small avocado
- ½ banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup (235 ml) filtered water (or coconut water if desired)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Directions: Wash the spinach. Remove the meat from the avocado. Add all ingredients to your high-speed blender or Vitamix, and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Add more water if needed to obtain desired consistency for drinking.
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