A couple of weeks ago I underwent a detox. I have not done a juice cleanse in a really long time, and that is not what this was about. I just had been having a little too much fun, which is never a bad thing when your soul needs to let loose, but sometimes you need to take a break and do some internal body care. I gave myself four days off from coffee, alcohol, and avoided sugar (it is hard when you own an ice cream store, so I was realistic). I made this smoothie for myself every night, and it made me feel so good. I remember that on the last day of my pseudo cleanse, waking up and just feeling so darn good. I kind of came up with this recipe, which is really done in a casual/haphazard manner, but which I keep going back to again and again.
Combine all or some of the following:
- 1 banana,
- 1 handful of blackberries (I keep a bag frozen on hand),
- 1 tablespoon honey (you might not need it, but it doesn't hurt),
- about 12 oz of cashew milk (see below),
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds,
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds,
- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao nibs,
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil,
- and a few leaves of kale.
Stir in a tablespoon of mulberries for good measure. For the cashew milk: I take 1/2 cup of raw cashews and leave them in a Ball jar for 4 hours or overnight, then I drain the water and blend with 3-4 cups water. That is your cashew milk. That becomes the base for the smoothie. After that I add everything in and just blend with a few cubes of ice. Many times I will forget to add one thing or another, or sometimes I add a thing or two. I like to add fresh strawberries or blueberries, if I have them. I have also added a few leaves of mint as well. Feel free to interpret this as you want, but it is a nice combination to keep you feeling good.