Spring has sprung! [says the girl with 6 inches of snow on her front lawn]
The birds are chirping, the cows are mooing, and our bodies are saying “please, please cleanse me!”
We’ve been hibernating in our houses, eating earthy vegetables, and surrounding our organs with extra TLC [it's perfectly normal and expected to gain a bit of weight in the winter!].
But with spring, comes the opportunity to awaken our body, mind and spirit and ground ourselves in this new season.
How do we do that?
Sure there are loads of boxed cleansing programs out there, but thankfully Mother Nature has brilliantly provided everything we need to allow ourselves to transition to this season of renewal.
Personally, I like to begin April with a light cleanse that then transitions me to a lighter spring diet. I find it’s easier on my body [and digestion] than jumping into a completely new diet head first.
Don’t get me wrong though, I still enjoy my treats! And this year will be a lot easier since I’ve cut most sugars out of my life.
I sense some serious menu planning in my not so distant future.
Raw Cashew Lemon Drops
Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free
These fruit and nut balls make for a perfect [simple] sunny snack. The lemon adds detoxifying properties to help your body transition to a lighter, more cleansing diet, just in time for spring!
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 10 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- zest of one lemon
- In a food processor, chop cashews until they’re the size of the eraser end of a pencil. Remove from food processor bowl and set aside.
- Place remaining ingredients in the food processor and combine until dates are fully mashed [you'll know when it's ready when the dates clump together in one large ball]
- Add cashews back in and pulse quickly, just until incorporated.
- Grab a scoop at a time [about a tablespoon size or a bit bigger] and roll into balls. Place completed balls on a freezer safe plate. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Place balls in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, remove and enjoy!
I like to keep them in the freezer for quick access. I prefer them cold but they’re just as tasty at room temperature and will hold their form well.
Makes 10 drops.
Nutrition stats [1 drop]: calories 160; fat 9g; carbohydrates 20g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 15g; protein 3g
I’ve already started adding lemon to my morning water [something I dreadfully missed throughout the winter] and have already used my juicer 3 times since Sunday. Heck ya.
But there’s still more I need to change in order to give my body a good ‘ol spring cleaning.
Once I’ve come up with the plan on how I’ll be shifting from my winter diet to a lighter cleansing diet, I’ll start sharing the following info with all y’all:
- how to cleanse safely
- meal planning on a cleanse
- what natural foods are best for cleansing
- how to maintain balance while on a cleanse
- my personal spring transition progress
Have you ever done a cleanse or season transition?
Are you interested in doing a cleanse but not sure where to start?