There’s never a bad time to cleanse your system. And by this we don’t mean the juice cleanses that are a total fad currently. By cleansing, we mean eating food that is easy on our digestive tracts. Cleansing is a way or resetting the taste buds, getting in control (and preferably rid of) cravings and giving the digestive system a break from the heavy food that we may be used to eating.

During cleansing it is important that you do not starve. You must keep your energy levels up while doing this and especially do this on days when you aren’t very busy and have time to relax. Having a relaxed mind is as important as having a healthy body, so while doing this cleanse, make sure you are in a good head-space rather than stressed out or worked up. The best time to get a cleanse routine underway is when you have enough time on your hand to concentrate on what’s going into your body. Which is why the weekend cleanse is something you will come across every now and then.

This menu comprises of a green juice, a smoothie (smoothie soup) and homemade crackers. There are no restrictions on the servings, so feel free to indulge in this several times a day. Remember to hydrate and drink herbal tea (instead of coffee). If you make these 3 recipes in large batches then you don’t have to worry about the next meal and can really take it easy and enjoy your time out. Without any more delay, here’s our weekend cleanse.

Green Goodness Juice
Get started by preparing this nourishing burst of flavour, which will have you energised through the day. It’s a super-simple, one-step process.

What you need

  • Handful kale
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 lime
  • Cilantro bunch
  • 1 tablespoon ginger shot

Blitz everything in a blender and (optional) strain through a muslin cloth or drink with pulp included. We recommend the pulp. Make extra because the some of the pulp will be needed for the following recipe

Crispy Pulp Crackers
Making use of some of the leftovers from the juice, we get going on these delicious crackers that will have you going for more and more.

What you need

  • 1 cup flaxseeds
  • 1 cup green pulp (salavaged from previous recipe)
  • 1 cup sesame seems
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon curry paste of your choice

Put the flaxseeds in a bowl, then add 1 cup water and soak for half an hour till the water is absorbed. Pre-heat the oven to 210 degree Centigrade, and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir. Spread this mixture on to the tray and press down. It should be about a fourth of an inch thick. Bake for 30 minutes and remove from oven to let cool.

Beetroot in this soup cools you off in the summer (Image: I Quit Sugar)
Beetroot in this soup cools you off in the summer (Image: I Quit Sugar)

Beetroot and sweet potato soup
To round off our weekend cleanse menu, we have this soup, that’s great even in hot weather, since it has beetroot to cool you off and improve your blood circulation.

What you need

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Half a teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 beets, peeled and diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Warm the oil in a saucepan, add onion and cook for 10 minutes. Add the spices and the remaining ingredients then pour 3 cups of water and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked. Transfer the mixture into a blender and blitz until smooth. Soup is ready!

There you have it. Three simple recipes for a weekend cleanse that will keep your digestive system and you very happy. Like we said earlier, there is no restriction on the number of servings. You can eat to your hearts content.

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