The New Cleanse: Eat Tacos and Get In Shape!

The holidays are way over, and at this point if you’re one of those January-resolution makers, you’ve probably abandoned that. Let’s be honest, we all have really great intentions!

Now that the New Year is in full swing, and we’re in the 2016 routine, it’s important to know that giving something up just to get in shape isn’t always the answer. We may wan to cleanse our bodies of all the wickedly delicious things we gorged ourselves on over the past couple of months, but fortunately, this doesn’t mean that we’re sentenced to rice cakes and celery stalks. We’ve found a couple of books that will help get back in shape without sacrificing the flavors we love.

Taco coverOur first “cleanse” is one that will be as fun as it is flavorful. There will be no post-holiday let-down with The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdonavich, Molly R. Frisinger and Jessica Morris (The Experiment; December 1, 2015). A hilarious send-up of the cleansing fad, this plant-based collection of vegan recipes represents a healthy way to enjoy yummy tacos.

Traditional cleanses are “the worst,” the authors write, calling them “socially acceptable starvation disguised as health.” The Taco Cleanse is “empowering, guilt-free, and soul-satisfying,” they write, “and will not only be supremely delicious (as tacos are involved), but also life-changing.” The book not only teaches you how to make your own tortilla, but how to start your morning with the most important taco of the day: the breakfast taco (filled with guacamole, salsa, and plantains). From there, you can spend your day enjoying tacos brimming with delicious (and healthy) ingredients such as coconut-roasted acorn squash, vegan mac and cheese, and Costa Rican rice and beans. When you’re done, top it off with a chocolate-raspberry dessert taco. You’re welcome.

51r4R3oZZJL._SX395_BO1,204,203,200_Of course, we’re going to need something to help wash all those tacos down. That’s when we turn to Juice + Nourish: 100 Refreshing Juices and Smoothies to Promote Health, Energy and Beauty (The Experiment; December 1, 2015). In the book, author Rosemary Ferguson (one of Britain’s top models and a professional nutritionist) treats us to a plethora of delectable drinks that promote good health. Full of zesty fruits and nutritious vegetables, you can rest and de-stress and hopefully hold on to this new cleanse instead of sacrificing the things you love for a new year’s resolution.

Below is the recipe for a smoothie that will help you lighten your mood as you look forward to new projects and plans for 2016. “The nutrients in this smoothie will surely help you to relax,” writes Ferguson. The drink is “super helpful if your adrenals are exhausted and you’re finding life all a bit much.”

And now, armed with our tacos and smoothies, we’re ready for whatever challenges 2016 may bring. At least we know that whatever we face, we won’t be hungry or thirsty!

“Chill” Smoothie

1 cup (250 ml) iced chamomile tea

1 banana, peeled

1 pear

1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened almond milk or filtered water

2 teaspoons macca powder

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

To make the chamomile tea, make the tea as you normally would, then leave it to infuse for five minutes at least. You can then leave it to cool or add ice if you want to cool it fast. Place all the ingredients in a blender and give it a whiz.

 

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