Spring…you’ve been pushing me.
Your sunny days have me back into my running shoes.
Your cleaning cliche has me clearing out my closet and donating my e-waste.
Your promise of fresh produce has me back in the kitchen, focusing on healthful, whole ingredients.
I am so glad you came…
If, like me, you’re heartily embracing the arrival of seasonal vegetables (I know that fiddleheads and asparagus won’t satisfy all the desires that follow months of root vegetables and cold-cellar apples), let me introduce you to Matthew Kenney and Meredith Baird’s new book, Everyday Raw Detox. Every single recipe is stock-full of health promoting ingredients with spectacular, fresh flavours. It is the perfect book to welcome spring.
If you’re already a follower of Matthew’s Everyday Raw book series, you’ll recognize the layout, the stunning photographs, and the simple directions. The focus remains on making it easy to incorporate raw foods into your everyday routine.
Everyday Raw Detox begins with an introduction to detox and the 10 detox commandments. The commandments represent basic lifestyle tenet to follow. After all this book is about everyday detox, not a strict clean you’d follow for a few days. Matthew and Meredith are instead introducing us to their fantastic raw recipes, to keep us feeling fabulous everyday.
There are smoothies, juices, desserts, appetizers, soups, salads, and grains all created with your good health in mind. To round out the compilation there is even a section on skin and body treatments. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been enjoying the infusion of citrus and spice included in most of the recipes. I’d forgotten how lovely that extra zing can be – especially when paired with something sweet like a tropical mango-based smoothie. Add the lime and cayenne and the flavour is elevated to a true experience.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been playing with the recipes in Everyday Raw Detox. Even though I’ve been traveling, working on a couple of projects and making a point to get outside – I found time to make quite a few treats. It is easy to test a lot when the directions for most of the recipes simply reads: Blend.
So, here’s what I tried:
Quinoa with Cherries, Olives, Parsley, Avocado and Lemon
Blood Orange Soda
Blueberries and Cream Kefir
I also tried the Chia and Buckwheat Cereal (with pumpkin and hemp seeds), but it wasn’t feeling very photogenic at 6 a.m.
Glowing from all this glorious food, I decided to indulge in a little hair care as well. So I rubbed in the coconut hair mask as Meredith suggests and let it soak in for a while. After a good soapy lather my hair felt amazing. It was a great deep conditioning after months of dry, winter winds.
So…I hope you’re starting this spring off right, with a little self care and a lot of healthy food. Thanks to Matthew and Meredith for making it both easy and enjoyable enough to do everyday.