I’ve always been a cleansing cynic. Your body has its own ways of deep-cleaning itself so as long as you’re taking care of yourself there is no need to cleanse. But then I went to bacon fest and this changed things.
Your poop is like a chart that indicates how your body is doing. After bacon fest, I can tell that my body needs a little cleansing assistance. I still think the master cleanse, which requires the ingestion of lemon juice, laxative tea and salt water flushes, is ludicrous. I think the best way to cleanse your body is with digestion promoting exercise, a diet fruits and vegetables and slow, patient eating, which provides your body with more time to process your food. Things to avoid include alcohol, caffeine, dairy, meats and simple carbohydrates.
In order to provide yourself with some variety while only eating fruits and vegetables, you will need to apply some tricks. Roasting your vegetables or transforming leafy greens into pesto are great tricks. One of the most protein-packed vegan foods is the ever-pleasing bean puree known as hummus.
Once you add copious amounts of delicious roast garlic, you get an extra flavor punch and a buckwild amount of flavor. Just stick a cucumber stick in there or stuff a pepper with it and roast it. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but a good, basic recipe is essential.
The Learning Curve
- Choose beans other than garbanzo’s for a different texture and flavor. I like to flavor the beans with herbs or a cheese rind while they cook.
- You can also switch up add-ins: roasted red pepper and even pesto are good ones to try.
- If you don’t have a food processor or blender, than just mince the add-ins and smash the beans. It’s just a bit more rustic.
- If you’re cooking your own beans, make sure you cook them until they’re a little more on the creamy side. You don’t want to over cook them, but you’ll want to soften them up a little more for a silky smooth hummus.
- 2 cup cooked chickpeas, liquid reserved
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 14-16 cloves roast garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika or cumin, scant
- S + P
- Parsley or micro greens to garnish
- Food processor or blender for a silky smooth puree
Add beans, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and spices to the blender and puree until smooth. Add bean liquid 2 tablespoons at a time if the hummus needs thinning. Serve drizzled with olive oil alongside pita bread or fresh vegetables.