This Chocolate Avocado Mousse Is Sure to Delight

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Around the holidays, we are often in search of crowd-pleasing sweet treats (especially ones that are actually packed with nutrition). This chocolate avocado mousse is a hit wherever and whenever we serve it.

If you keep the main ingredient secret, almost no one will guess that it's avocados that give this mousse that creamy texture. If you are looking for an added protein boost, try adding a scoop of our chocolate Daily Shake! This chocolate avocado mousse has plenty of healthy fat to keep the body energized and metabolism fired up. We also have a wonderful Mind-Blowing Avocado Smoothie  version, if you want a breakfast treat!

Cacao is full of flavonoids, which are an antioxidant compound. These can stabilize and neutralize free radicals (which is great for our skin), lower our risk of heart disease and improve our cognitive function.

Ingredients:


2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup coconut nectar
1/2 cup unsweetened raw cacao powder
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
a pinch of sea salt
optional shredded coconut for garnish

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor (a blender can work too, you may just need to scrape the sides down more often) until creamy.

You can start with one tablespoon of coconut oil and see if you need more. 

Sometimes, if it's not creamy enough, I add a splash of almond or coconut milk, but it's not always necessary.

We like it nice and thick, so when you hold the food processor upside down, it doesn't move (be careful not to glop it on yourself). This chocolate avocado mousse packs well for lunch and stores in the fridge for several days.

 

Recipe and Photography//Jenny Nelson

 

 

 

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Are You Wasting the Best Part? Try These Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

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This time of year pumpkins have been standard doorstep decor, coffee shop latte flavors, and the base for many pastries and desserts. We're excited to feature one of the lesser appreciated parts in this spicy pumpkin seeds recipe. Often we toss the seeds, whether we're carving a pumpkin for decor, or trying to extract the flesh for a dessert. This cleanse-approved recipe is so simple, the seeds will never go to waste again!

Use the Whole Pumpkin

Pumpkins come in many shapes and sizes and the taste of the flesh is just as varied. If you choose a large carving pumpkin, the seeds will be large and tasty, however, the flesh can be less flavorful and watery. If you choose a proper eating variation (like Baby Pam, Autumn Gold, or simply "pie pumpkins") we suggest scooping out the flesh and either pureeing (smoothies or pumpkin cookies, anyone?) or cutting it into cubes and freezing. 

Relax and Eat the Seeds

Just a quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains half of the recommended amount of magnesium we should consume daily. Magnesium is often referred to as the relaxing mineral - and for good reason. Magnesium can help regulate cortisol, which is a stress hormone that can contribute to insomnia and when chronically high can cause adrenal fatigue. Even modern medicine has caught on to the benefits of magnesium - intravenous magnesium is often administered for heart palpitations and panic attacks. 

Zinc for Immune Function

This spicy pumpkin seeds recipe not only contains Tryptophan, but they are also rich in zinc which is a cofactor to converting tryptophan to serotonin. Zinc is known for reducing our risk of getting sick, and shortening illness time when we do. It's also shown to help balance hormones, as it increases testosterone naturally, and is essential for producing estrogen and progesterone

Ingredients

1 large pumpkin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

Remove the cap of pumpkin by carving a circle around the stem (you can carefully use a regular chef's knife, or pumpkin carving tools if you have them on hand).

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Once the cap of the pumpkin is removed, use your hands to gently remove seeds from the flesh of pumpkin and place them in a bowl. The more gentle you are during this step, the less flesh you will remove with your seeds.

Pour the seeds into a strainer. Remove any visible pieces of flesh by hand, then rinse the seeds until clean.

Strain any excess water, then spread your pumpkin seeds evenly on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes to dry them out. While pumpkin seeds dry in the oven, mix spices. In a small bowl add salt, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne. Mix gently with a fork until combined evenly.

Remove pan from the oven. Lightly coat the seeds with olive oil and spice mix. Spread the seeds evenly over the pan and return to oven for 20 more minutes.

You can serve these spicy pumpkin seeds immediately or store in an airtight container for snacking on the cleanse, topping salads, or serving as an appetizer during holiday parties.

 

Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble.

 

 

 

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The Best Vegan Green Bean Casserole for the Holidays

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The word "casserole" often sends most clean eaters running. Typically, casseroles are laden with unnecessary amounts of dairy and refined flours, hiding a few overcooked vegetables. This vegan green bean casserole is the exception to the rule. It is filled with fibrous vegetables swimming in a vegan-friendly, gluten-free and nutrient-rich sauce that gets its creaminess from cashews. The inclusion of these cleanse-friendly ingredients by no means sacrifice the richness of a traditional casserole. It's perfect to serve to any crowd.
 
A Cheesy Topping, Minus the Cheese 
 
Nutritional yeast is a superhero ingredient. Not only does is pack a dense flavor that mimics the cheese casseroles are famous for, but it is full nutrition like B vitamins and protein. Vegan diets can lead to B vitamin deficiencies since much of our intake is from animal sources. Nutritional yeast is an excellent addition to any diet to help prevent deficiencies. Nutritional yeast also includes benefits like increased energy and a boost to our immune system. In addition to using it in this vegan green bean casserole, try sprinkling it on roasted vegetables or brown rice!
 
Green Beans for Heart Health
 
Green beans are the perfect choice for this casserole. They maintain their firm texture through the cooking process, so you don't end up with a soggy dish. In addition to their ideal texture, they boast a long list of benefits to our bodies, and specifically to our hearts. Like many green vegetables, they are high in flavonoids, a type of antioxidant found in plants. Flavonoids have been shown to be anti-thrombotic, meaning they can reduce blood clots and help prevent heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and strokes. 
 
Vitamin D from Mushrooms
 
Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin and is responsible for increasing the absorption of many micronutrients like calcium, iron, and magnesium. Mushrooms (that have been exposed to light) are one of the few plant sources of vitamin D. Eating adequate vitamin D will help prevent chronic diseases like cancer and ensure strong teeth and bones. Mushrooms also contain selenium, which helps reduce inflammation, prevents sunburn, and lowers your risk of skin cancer. You should also supplement with vitamin D, as most people are deficient in this wonderful vitamin. 
 
Healthy Fats for Satiety 
 
Both cashews and olive oil contain heart-protecting monounsaturated fats that will help prevent heart disease and keep you full. As the stress of the holidays kicks in, it's important to choose healthy fats to sustain us after we've eaten and to help signal to our brain when it's time to stop eating. Choosing fats like olive oils and cashews (or other raw nuts) will ensure we stay full and satisfied. 
 
Ingredients
 
1 cup cashews, plus 1 tablespoon for topping
1 cup filtered water
1 pound green beans
8 ounces crimini mushrooms
2-3 shallots
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions
 
Soak cashews. Place cashews in a small bowl and cover with water. Ideally, you should let the cashews soak for 2-4 hours in cool water,  but if you're in a hurry, 20-30 minutes in warm water will work.  
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Cut Down on Bloating with These Simple Foods

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Have you ever had one of those days where your clothes feel tight, your jeans don't button, and you have an overall sluggish feeling? We've been there: bloating. At Clean, we always recommend keeping some digestive enzymes on hand for just such an occasion. Additionally, there are certain foods that we can eat that actually help us reduce bloating, and feel a bit more normal.

Here is a list of some of the foods that we can start implementing into our diet right now to feel less bloated:

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Cauliflower Mash That Is the New Thanksgiving Favorite

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It would be rare to find a Thanksgiving spread without mashed potatoes. While potatoes themselves can be a healthy part of our diet, the standard mashed potato recipe is full of inflammation-causing dairy and low-quality fats. For this 21-Day cleanse approved version, we've replaced the standard white potato to make a cauliflower mash for a lighter texture and a gentler effect on our blood sugar. 
 
Switching Mashed Potatoes for Cauliflower Mash
 
It may seem like an extreme change to remove the potato from this beloved classic. We think you'll be surprised at the creaminess and fluffiness of this cauliflower version. We didn't miss the potatoes when we taste tested this version, but if you have very picky eaters, or just can't say goodbye completely to your potatoes, we suggest using 1/2 potatoes and 1/2 cauliflower. Plus, the ingredients will still make this version a cleaner choice regardless of the base vegetable choosen. 
 
The Glycemic Index, and Why It Matters
 
The glycemic index measures how different foods will affect blood sugar. The higher foods fall on this index, the more they will typically raise blood sugar. Of course, this is not the only factor that determines a food's health benefits - micronutrients, phytonutrients, and personal toxic triggers which are all important qualities to consider when choosing the best foods for you. However, choosing foods lower on the glycemic scale can help you regulate our blood sugar and keep us healthy in the long run. When choosing foods that are more likely to raise blood sugar (like white potatoes) it's important to pair them with healthy fats and high-quality protein to slow their digestion. In this cauliflower mash, we paired it with vegan-friendly fats so we won't experience a spike in our blood sugar (or a food coma) from this dish.  
 
Detoxify with Cauliflower
 
Pairing the turkey with vegetables like cauliflower and leafy greens will increase our nutrient intake during holiday feasting. Plus this ensures that we leave dinner without the bloating, sleepiness, or too-full feeling normally associated with Thanksgiving.
 
Cauliflower specifically is high in fiber, which will help move our food through your system and assist in smooth digestion. It's also rich in antioxidants to protect us against cell damage. This time of year can lead to less movement due to colder weather, stressful holiday preparation, and poor food choices - all putting us at risk for cell damage and a decline in our health. Sneaking in plant-sourced antioxidants, micronutrients, and digestive enzymes can help keep us on track this fall. 
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Healthy Green Smoothies to Increase Energy

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In the previous post about healthy smoothies, we discussed some reasons why they are such an important daily habit. Even more important are healthy green smoothies. If we are already making a smoothie, especially on the 21-Day Clean Program, why not put some greens in the blender? It's an easy way to plant nutrition and reap energy from our diet. Now we will talk about how to make healthy green smoothies taste delicious, and my favorite ways to incorporate them into daily life.

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The Turkey Soup That Will Make You Glad You Have Leftovers

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This is the season for giving thanks, and for breaking out our great-grandmother's turkey recipe. Here at Clean, we wanted to provide some recipes using the scraps and leftovers that seem to pile up, starting with this delicious turkey soup. Using leftover turkey in this soup not only helps with Thanksgiving leftovers, it also moistens the meat that tends towards dryness. It's a great recipe to use on the 21-Day Clean Program, just use brown rice instead of white.

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Healthy Smoothies for a Healthy Life

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Healthy smoothies are one of the simplest ways to support our natural ability to cleanse and detoxify. They’re also easy-to-make, taste great, and are loaded with nutrition. I love juice and encourage all of us to have it often, but nothing beats the versatility of healthy smoothies. That’s why I’ve been incorporating them into the 21-Day Clean Program, and the Daily Shakes, from the very beginning.

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This Caramel Apple Recipe Is So Good It's Scary

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Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season and the refined, sugar-filled sweets that come with it. Eating a clean, whole foods diet doesn't mean we can't participate in some indulgences! We've created this caramel apple recipe that both kids and adults will enjoy. It’s also 21-Day Clean Program compliant, for when those cravings strike! The caramel apple recipe makes bite-sized portions, making them perfect for a small treat or to serve to a crowd.

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The Easy Hemp Milk Recipe That Will Help Boost Your Metabolism

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After the 21-Day Clean Program some of us may find we feel best avoiding dairy products, like cow's milk. Many find dairy difficult to digest, and consuming it can lead to inflammation, acne, and bloating. This hemp milk recipe is creamy, nutty, and full of health benefits, making it one of our favorite choices for a dairy replacement. Finding alternatives to milk is easy in most grocery stores, but this hemp milk recipe is so simple and healthy to make at home.

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