maybe it wasn’t the smoothie yesterday morning. maybe i just have a sore throat. but this is a weird sore throat (i get them a lot and this is not the normal kind i get) because it didn’t start way up high in my nasal cavity and work its way down. no, it’s just sitting near my tonsils, feeling swollen and raw. i checked the clean forum to see if sore throat was a common detox side effect. it seems like normally it’s accompanied by congestion, but, although i have a few sniffles, it’s really minimal and i can still breathe easily through my nose (i think my snoring has even decreased!). one of the commenters said that the author of the book says that if there’s a fever, you’re sick, otherwise, it’s a detox side effect. i don’t have a fever, so apparently, this is detox?
this morning was harried. very, very harried. so i didn’t get a photo of my raspberry/blueberry/mango/apple cider smoothie. it was yummy and i realized i think it’s one of the first all-fruit ones i’ve made for myself on this cleanse. refreshing change!
lunch was leftover lentils and the last of the crunchy rice, with half a pear and one of my scone cookies for “dessert.” snacks included agave ginger cashews, fresh blueberries and simple guacamole on beauty heart radish slices.
it got cold here in wisconsin today, so i decided to try the blended black bean soup again. oh so comforting!
i put together a recipe this time, so here it is:
blended black bean soup (serves 2)
1/2 coarsely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
3 c. cooked black beans (or use 2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained)
1 c. chicken broth (use more for a thinner soup)
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. chili powder
1/4 t. coriander
salt to taste
avocado for garnish (optional)
1. saute the onions in the oil until soft.
2. add the garlic and saute for another minute.
3. add black beans, broth and spices. heat until fragrant.
4. blend until smooth.
5. if desired, mash avocado to a smooth consistency and add a dollop to each bowl of soup. this soup would also be tasty with butternut squash added to it!