It’s Time to Spring Clean!

Spring is here and it’s time for me to do some “Spring” cleaning.  I’m not talking about cleaning around the house, but rather an internal cleaning.  Winter has been long and difficult.  For the most part  I have been focused on eating healthy, but it never hurts to do an internal cleanse.

Years ago, I discovered ‘Mono-dieting” which is basically a short fast over a weekend where you remove solid food from your diet and juice fruits and veggies.  It’s a small cleanse and can be done any time throughout the year.  However, what I’m talking about here is doing one over a course of 10 days.

The joy of this kind of detox is you are still able take in nutrients, not feel too sluggish, rest the digestive system and allow the body to rid itself of toxins.

When I do this kind of detox there is a lot of leftover pulp.  If you have a composter this is great to add to it.  But if you’re  like me and look for creative ways to use the pulp here’s a great list below:

1. Blend pulp into a smoothie to add fiber.

2. Add to a soup to thicken and boost fiber and nutrient density.

3. Use fruit pulp to make frozen “pulpsicles” or fruit pulp ice.

4. Make a veggie broth by boiling pulp with water, herbs, and spices, then straining.

5. Make a “fruit tea” by boiling fruit pulp with water, adding spices such as cinnamon or ginger, cooling, and then straining.

6. Use veggie pulp to add nutrient density to mac n’ cheese or pasta sauce, or layer into a lasagne.

7. Make fabulous fruit leathers.

9. Use in homemade veggie burgers or fritters. Pulp adds moisture, flavor, and nutrition.

10. Mix pulp into baked goods like muffins, cakes, bread,  dehydrated or baked cookies, and granola bars. Celery, onion, carrot, sweet potato, spinach, apple, and berry all work beautifully.

11. Use fruit or veggie pulp to add flavor, texture, and moisture to pancakes.

12. Make dehydrated pulp crackers.

13. Use pulp for raw pizza crust.

14. Make pulp marmalade.

15. Make a pulp crumble by mixing pulp with fruit and juice, reducing, and then topping with oats, spices, nuts, or seeds.

16. Dehydrate and make trail mix with raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.

17. Dehydrate and use like bread crumbs.

18. Use in DIY skincare recipes like scrubs, masks, and soap.

19. Mix pulp into your dog’s food or make dog treats.

 

*List found at http://www.vegetariantimes.com

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