Yes, I did it! I did a 3-day juice cleanse created by my favorite health and spiritual guru, cancer thriver Kris Carr!
I am such a big fan and follower of her, I own all of her books, they are just so so so amazing!
It is spring time anyway, and the body needs some rejuvenation! In addition, you will find out from the post what else made me do this cleanse! Sooner or later, I needed this!:)
Why did I want to do the cleanse?
Well, even though, I am eating in a clean and healthy way most of the time, sometimes I allow myself a little binging and cheating here and there.
Especially if we are on vacation.
In the first place, I didn’t do it because I wanted to loose weight, I just wanted to give a break to my body, cleanse and detoxify it. My body was craving for it and was grateful after I did it!
K. and I had a few days of getaway. We were really stressed and felt like we need to leave everything behind and escape for a few days!
We found a beautiful Spa in Asheville, NC, and we spent a whole day there. It is called the Omni Grove Park Inn, and it is soo relaxing and beautiful! We didn’t stay in the hotel, we just visited the wellness and spa center, but it was such a great experience!
You get your own slippers, gown, and locker. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make any picture inside the Spa, because phones were not allowed, but I made some nice shots of the environment. You can also check the website for additional pictures; this place is so breath-taking!
The whole spa area is 43.000 square feet with beautiful rock walls, tunnels, and arches. There are 2 therapeutic water pools, and 2 cooler pools with underwater music! You can float on the water and listen to the relaxing sounds.They provide all-day healthy snacks and refreshments, not to mention the peppermint iced towels to make the sauna experience even more relaxing. They have 20 water features, mineral-based pools. A private area for men and separately for women with steam rooms, saunas, and exhilarating contrast pools. (I jumped in the cold pool a couple times, I am proud of myself, it was SUPER cold, but was such a refreshing feeling after the sauna or the hot pool!) They also have fireside lounges where you can read, chat with your women friends or you can get the snacks and refreshments. The place is really relaxing and peaceful; you can easily take a nap on one of the beds on the sides of the pools.
I definitely want to go back in the future, it was such an awesome day and I would wholeheartedly recommend it for you too! Make sure to get there around opening hours, because the place is limited and after a certain amount of people they will not provide any more entries! You can find nice prices of the hotel and the spa here!
I loved it! It made my mind and body so relaxed and forgot about everything else!
But so back to the cleanse. (Btw sauna is a great for the skin and flushing out the toxins from your body, so I was even happier to go before I got to do my cleanse)
On our trip (we visited other cities in NC and VA ) we were indulging in delicious, but not necessarily healthy foods for a couple days. In fact, I gotta confess sometimes we ate pretty crappy fast food. (Yikes!) I felt bad after our mini getaway, I truly felt like I need a cleanse.
I already tried this 3 day cleanse of Kris‘ a couple of months earlier, so I thought I would give it another shot because I liked it in the first place. You can find the whole cleanse in Kris’ book Crazy Sexy Juice (it is only 10 $ on Amazon!)
It is a must have, with amazing juice, smoothie, light vegan recipes!
I thought I would share (more of you asked for it actually) the very last dinner recipe, that was my favorite! It was a little bit of a mixture of a few different foods but in a perfect combination:
- 1/2 cup of Herbed Lentils
- 2 cups of Zucchini Noodles with 1/3 cup of Raw Marinara Sauce
- 1/4 cup of Cashew Cheese
- Steamed Asparagus (The recipe says you can add extra steamed veggie of choice if you want)
Let’s get to the cheesy parts then;)
1. Herbed lentils
Yields 2 1/2 cups
- 1 cup green, black, or brown lentils, dried
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme, leaves only, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the lentils, garlic and broth or water in a medium pot and bring them to boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook until the lentils have absorbed all of the liquid, approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Add some more water if they are not tender enough.
- Set the lentils aside and let them cool for 10 minutes. Toss them with the rest of the ingredients. The leftovers will keep for up to 3-4 days, stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
2. Zucchini Noodles
You will need one large zucchini, and that will make around 3 cups of noodle.This is easy breezy. You can either use a julienne peeler, or a spiralizer to make nice noodle shape. At the same time, they will work with a regular peeler just as well, you will have long noodles this case. You can eat them raw, or slightly
This is easy breezy. You can either use a julienne peeler, or a spiralizer to make nice noodle shape. At the same time, they will work with a regular peeler just as well, you will have long noodles this case. You can eat them raw, or slightly sauteed. (I ate them sauteed with a little olive oil.)
3. Raw Marinara Sauce
Yields 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper, trimmed and seeds removed
- 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved, or Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed, or dried and rehydrated)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 cup basil
- 1 pitted Medjool date
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender till smooth, adding a little water if needed. The sauce will keep in the fridge up to three days stored in an airtight container. You can serve it over the spiralized zucchini, but I used the leftovers for regular rice pasta and worked perfectly.;)
4. Cashew Cheese
Yields 1 1/2 cups
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked 8 hours or overnight
- 1/2 teaspon sea salt
- 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup water
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Place the cashews, salt, yeast, lemon and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until it is smooth. You might need to stop a few times and scrape the food processor bowl down.
- Add some water if needed. You are aiming for the texture of a thick hummus, so add some accordingly.
- Check the cheese for seasoning. Add black pepper and salt if needed. Stored in an airtight container it will keep up to five days in a fridge.
Now, you have all the 4 different components! As I mentioned at the beginning, if you want you can steam or sautee some veggies in addition. Once you are done with that too, all you need to do is serve it and eat it all!;) Yum!
I really enjoyed this cleanse, by the way! You make your homemade veggie and fruit juices, smoothies, light dinner options based on Kris’ recipes. She provides a grocery store list and other than that, some healthy snacks to make sure you are not hungry through this 3-day day proccess.
I would definitely say I felt much better, detoxified, cleaner, lighter and more energized after!
All in all, I would totally recommend it to you too! The most important reason why I love it, because it doesn’t let you starve, on the contrary, you will hardly notice that you can’t eat anything solid but the dinner!
Once again, here is Kris’ book, it is definitely worth it!
Let me know if you made the recipes and tried the cleanse, I am excited for you how you like it!
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