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Guide to Help You Detox
I like cleanses; there’s something about taking a few weeks off, cleaning out your system and feeling ready to take on the world.
That being said, it’s sometimes a challenge to buy a book about cleanses when I feel like there aren’t many options as far as eating goes. Especially if, like me, there are certain foods you just don’t like (in my case, that would be beets, artichokes and red peppers).
Enter The Cleanse Companion Cookbook: The Definitive Guide to the Naturopathic Detoxification Diet with 69 Hypoallergenic Recipes by Bonnie Nedrow and Jeff Hauptman.
Although this book does not give information about any one particular cleanse, it does offer an array of recipes that you can use for various other cleanses you might be trying.
I made (and loved) the Cannellini Bean Salad (pg. 21); it was easy to make, and, as a bonus, a food you can serve at a party without anyone knowing that you’re feeding them “detox” food. This is definitely something I look for when buying cleanse cookbooks.
It’s also a basic level cookbook. Many of the recipes are common sense—vegetables, oil, seasoning. But, if you are in the middle of a detox, it’s always nice to have a few extra recipes on hand to help you through.
There is some information about food preparation and nutrients but it’s a little basic. If you are using this as a cleanse companion, you can likely find this information in the main resource you are using for your cleanse.
I would have loved for more detailed information and some testimonials.
Pro: Recipes that can easily be included in any cleanse.
Con: No nutritional information in the recipes. No calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein. It probably wouldn’t be hard to figure out, but for the most part, I avoid cookbooks that don’t include this type of information.
Elizabeth Clay owns Clay Yoga in Pittsburgh, PA. She is known for laughing louder than everyone in the room, making the best salted chocolate brownies in the history of mankind, and her off-key rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All.” She has been teaching yoga since 2004 and is currently working on her 500-hour certification through Live, Love, Teach. You can email her at: [email protected]. She’ll probably write back. Maybe even in first person.
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