Anyone who’s been on the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse will tell you that some days a decent snack is all that stands between you and the ledge:
No, it’s not vanilla pudding.
But frankly…you and I both know that it doesn’t have to be, now does it?
After three days of consuming nothing for meals but vegetable smoothies through a straw, this creamy confection becomes the Ben & Jerry’s of your little raw snack kingdom. And you will lap it down as if it were the last soft-serve cone on offer at the county fair.
At least once a week I get a “what can I eat for a snack” reader question posed in response to my initial post titled Lose 15 lbs in 10 days? We’ll see. 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Detox starts…now! Since the snack guidance provided by the book’s author JJ Smith is very broad (“unsweetened peanut butter, hard boiled eggs, uncooked veggies, fruits, and unsalted or raw nuts and seeds“) those unaccustomed to a natural diet might naturally be struggling to come up with a varied snack “playlist” for the duration of the cleanse. Nobody wants to sit around munching bare carrot sticks all day long.
And by “nobody” I mean me. Which is why I came home the other night determined to adapt a great recipe I found on the raw food blog The Sunny Raw Kitchen. Carmella’s version of Raw Deviled Egg-less “Egg” Spread had quite a few extra healthful ingredients and spices that no doubt made it super tasty, but since I couldn’t be sure they were actually 10DGSC-compliant, I left them out and opted for a stripped down version. In the end, I was very happy with the result, and lathered it all over some sugar snap peas, which to me is the closest thing to candy in the vegetable kingdom, and my go-to raw vegetable for munching.
Hard to believe it only has four ingredients! (Not counting the water, of course.)
1/2 cup pure water
1 and 1/2 cups raw cashews (not roasted/salted)
1 clove garlic, peeled
Juice from one whole fresh lemon (not bottled)
Juice from 1/2 fresh lime (not bottled)
1. Pre-soak the raw cashews and water in a high-powered blender for about 30 minutes to an hour, to soften the nuts slightly.
2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until very smooth.
That’s it! Just keep in mind that while very healthy, nuts are high in both fat (the good kind) and calories, so don’t go crazy here. The idea is to indulge in just a wee bit enough to tide you over until your next smoothie meal.
Not park yourself in front of the TV and down the entire confection as you did in the old days with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
(Nobody? Just me, then? OK, fine. Whatever.)
The best news about this snack recipe is that after you transition off the 10 day cleanse, you get to turbo-charge it with the additional ingredients that I’m sure take it to the next level in terms of flavor. But this base model is plenty good, and gives you something smooth, creamy and tangy to look forward to as an oasis in an otherwise solid food desert. Use it as a dip for any raw vegetable, spread it on a radicchio (“chicory”) leaf and top with fresh-made salsa and an avocado slice, or just spread some on a thick slice of vine-ripened tomato and sprinkle with a little black pepper.
Bonus: you now have a good, dairy-free alternative to cream cheese to support your healthy eating habits following the cleanse.