Coconut Ginger Yam Pudding
2 Korean or purple yams
1/2 cup coconut milk
1-inch piece of fresh ginger
1/4 agave nectar and stevia as desired
Preheat the oven to 400F. Bake the yams for about 45 minutes until very soft. Remove the skins. Combine all the ingredients in a high=speed blender or food processor and blend until the mixture achieves a silky consistency.
Serve warm or chilled.
Makes 1 pint
From The Fresh Energy Cookbook, by Natalia Rose & Doris Choi
The Right Snacks
“Yes, but what about snacks?” my clients often ask me. They tend to do well with the detox meals but hit a wall when it comes to snacks. Although resting the digestive system between meals is important, allowing it to do some much-needed housekeeping, snacks provide emotional support, especially when transitioning into this lifestyle. If you need snacks as a part of your daily routine, raw vegetables are the best option. Keeping in mind that conscious eating (not mindless grazing) is important, you can still enjoy alternative snacks, such as kale chips, seasoned Kamut puffs, and baked starchy vegetables.
Raw vegetables are the most ideal snack: They are alkaline, water-containing, quick exit, neutral food for combining between meals, and they leave you feeling refreshed rather than temporarily stimulated and then wanting more. Common snacks such as energy bars, crackers, and other packaged snack foods are dense and addictive and will clog the body, contributing to weight gain and disease.
By trading in your old snack foods for these snacks, you’ll get to enjoy snack time while you elevate your mood, energy, and blood chemistry. What’s up now, Doc?
FROM: The Fresh Energy Cookbook: Detox Recipes to Supercharge Your Life by Natalia Rose and Doris Choi
Eight Essential Properties of Cleansing Foods
While grain has been heralded in our culture as a key food group, even the whole-grain variety is not very good for us.
With a few exceptions (which I’ll get to in a moment), most grains are inflammatory in the body, acidic, gluey, yeast-feeding, and difficult to digest. They agitate the intestine, resulting in inflammation, bloating, and fluid imbalances, and contribute greatly to weight gain.
They also reduce mental clarity.
Thus, generally speaking, grains are not an ideal go-to food in the modern diet.
If you love grains and must have them, that’s okay. But if you want superior health, energy, and weight loss, you should avoid a grain-based diet.
Also, keep in mind that sprouted grains are far superior to regular whole grains.
The highest-quality grains are the ancient pseudo-grains, which are gluten-free and easier to digest than cereal grains but do have a similar nutritional profile.
These include millet, quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth.
Typically, some grains can be included with successful detoxification results, but it is best to avoid them whenever possible and to find nongrain options for your favorite grain-based foods.
Fortunately for all of us, Chef Doris has discovered many brilliant and satisfying ways of doing this in her recipes.
FROM: The Fresh Energy Cookbook by Natalia Rose & Doris Choi
Non-Yeast-Feeding Cleansing Foods
We are far more vulnerable to yeast overgrowth today than we’ve ever been before, thanks to higher levels of acidity (both in and outside the body) and constant exposure to environmental estrogens.
The combination of acidity and excessive amounts of estrogen creates the perfect breeding ground for yeast and fungus (yeast is a single-celled fungus). So all of us, but especially women, need to be vigilant against developing and feeding an over-yeasted system.
For many people, this means creating a very yeast-sensitive diet—by eliminating almost all sugars and starches. This may sound really daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.
First of all, you can start starving off your yeast colonies immediately just by consuming fewer sugars and starches than you typically consume.
However, if you are really struggling with yeast-related symptoms (such as excess weight, bloat, moodiness, and skin issues), you will want to cut way down on sugars and starches until you’ve eradicated those yeast colonies.
Unfortunately, fruit is a yeast feeder, because as far as yeast is concerned, sugar is sugar. In an ideal environment, fruit would be an ideal food for humans; but in the modern environment of high acidity and excess estrogens, fruit can perpetuate the yeast problem.
Also, the way fruits are grown and prematurely picked today, they are often more acidic than they should be for human consumption, and many fruits are becoming yeasted themselves due to soil imbalances and pesticides.
FROM: The Fresh Energy Cookbook by Natalia Rose and Doris Choi