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When it is time for a change, a cleanse can be a great way to kickstart a new diet regimen or simply reset your nutritional compass. The best cleanses are both a physical and mental reset – a sort of gift to your body of nutrients.
Cleanses come in a variety of styles – from juice cleanses to sugar detoxes, there’s a cleanse style that works for everyone. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite healthy cookbooks that I find myself turning to when I need a health boost. I didn’t include just any cookbook – plenty of them aren’t really that great. Books had to have great recipes, beautiful photos and food I would actually want to eat. Cleanses are hard enough, you shouldn’t have to suffer through eating food that isn’t good while you do one.
If you need it simple:
This book and app organize smoothies by ingredients as well as by what they are good for. There are a few specific to cleansing and others for immunity, energy and even allergies. Tess’s recipes are always tasty and blend up with the consistency you want from a smoothie. The app version makes it easy to put together a list for the grocery store.
If you need a plan:
Eating Clean by Amy Valpone
Amy spent years trying to get healthy and it took carefully going through her diet to finally set her on a path to good health. This book is full of tips and tricks for resetting your diet and comes with a 3-week plan to reset your diet. The food is simple and approachable and Amy’s writing is friendly and knowledgeable.
If you need a community:
Yum Universe by Heather Crosby
YumUniverse is both a cookbook and a vibrant foodie community. These plant-strong recipes come with advice and encouragement from others who are on a journey to health. The cookbook is full of lush photos and recipes that will inspire you to find joy in the produce section of the grocery store.
If you are a super foodie:
Each year, Bon Appetit publishes a food lover’s cleanse filled with tasty, gourmet recipes that focus on healthy ingredients and pressing a nutritional reset. This book outlines their cleanse rules and gathers recipes from previous years as well as some new recipes to give you a mix and match roadmap to a healthy diet. (Plus, they make sure you get desert!)
Do you have a favorite cookbook that you turn to for healthy recipes? What strategies do you use to make sure you can stick to your cleanse?
Mary Fran Wiley is a well known gluten-free and positive living blogger from Chicago where she writes Curiouser and Curiouser, maintains the Chronic Positivity Project, and has been featured in Allergic Living Magazine, Care2.com and Today.com.