Whether you’re a regular juice cleanser, on a tea-tox, or not really into the whole detox situation at all, we thought almost everyone could find something to love about the new The Program from our gals at CAP Beauty in New York. It’s the best way to wrap up a juice cleanse–or start one if you haven’t gotten up the nerve yet this January! And we love how holistic the whole plan is.
CAP’s in depth sense of what it means to detoxify is on point – the 10-day Program includes lifestyle guidelines, recipes and a box of cleansing tools (think baths, tonics, oils and teas) designed to create a self-nurturing experience we’re sold on. Here’s what an average day on the Program looks like according to the ladies and three winter recipes from the Program’s own cookbook. Try them out and let us know what you think…
At CAP Beauty we believe in excess, the excess of nutrition-dense, high vibrational foods and radical self love. We’ve been taught to believe that a cleanse must be rooted in deprivation and sacrifice. But at CAP, we’d like to put that notion to rest. Our Program is a spirit, mind and body reset that encourages you to go deep, get to know yourself and fall in love again. Here’s what a day on the Program might look like:
get up + get down |Wake up in your beautiful room and count your blessings. Light your palo santo and clear the cobwebs. Stretch it out with your morning yoga video routine. Get in easy posture and om your way to mindfulness with your meditation video. Lovingly prepare your CAP Beauty Elixir or Anandamide. Drink up.
Prep up |Make some raw bircher muesli and cut some cauliflower for your dinner. Enjoy breakfast. Don’t forget to take your two probiotics and two digestive enzymes.
shower + sing | Get in the bathroom and dry brush your way to tingly skin. Shower. Sing.
Hydrate all day | Head to work or wherever your day takes you. Drink lots of water. But remember to do this on an empty stomach. Eat lunch. Don’t forget your two digestive enzymes.
An Evening IN |Journal on your way home (one of the benefits of public transportation). Burn your palo santo and prepare for a decadent and indulgent evening in… with yourself. Make your cauliflower soup with a side of dandelion greens. Prep your buckwheat porridge for tomorrow morning while you’re in the kitchen. Turn on some great music and get into it.
unwind + be kind |Eat your dinner. One last round of two digestive enzymes. Indulge in your soothing and relaxing yoga routine. Head to the tub and lovingly indulge in a self massage. Soak in a mustard bath for 20 minutes while listening to a guided meditation. Bliss. Give your face some love and massage it like you mean it. One more meditation. Get in bed. If you have an animal, lover or child snuggle them hard. Lights out, beautiful.
Here are three perfect variations on simple cauliflower dishes from The Program that will help you detox well…
WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH CHIMICHURRI
1 large head cauliflower, trimmed
¾ cup olive oil
¾ tsp sea salt
¾ cup cilantro, chopped
¾ cup parsley, chopped
½ cup mint, chopped
1 Tbsp oregano, chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
2 Tbsp capers, roughly chopped
¾ tsp ground cumin
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
black pepper to taste
cooked wild rice or quinoa
Heat oven to 425°F. Drizzle cauliflower with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt. Loosely wrap cauliflower in parchment paper. Place in oven and roast until tender, about one hour.
Meanwhile, combine herbs, garlic, capers and cumin in a small bowl. Whisk in vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
When cauliflower is ready, remove from oven, open package and cut into serving size portions.
Drizzle with chimichurri and serve with wild rice or quinoa.
From Frances Boswell.
CAULIFLOWER SOUP WITH LEMON ZEST
2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more to taste
2 onions, chopped
4 cups filtered water
2 tsp sea salt
1 cauliflower head, chopped
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 shallot, finely sliced
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a heavy bottomed pot. Add chopped onions and cook for 10-12 minutes or until they are soft. Add water and salt, turn up heat and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add cauliflower, return to a boil then turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes or until cauliflower is soft.
Pureé in blender until smooth. Add lemon juice and salt. If the soup is too thick, add more water.
Pour soup into bowls and top with olive oil, shallots and lemon zest to taste.
From Dana James.
SHAVED CAULIFLOWER, RADICCHIO AND WALNUT SALAD
½ head of a large cauliflower
1 medium-sized radicchio, cored
6 inner celery stalks with leaves
¼ cup chives
¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
½ cup raw walnuts
2 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
For the dressing:
2 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup olive oil
juice of 2 lemons
juice of 1 orange
1 tsp water
salt and pepper to taste
With a mandoline or sharp knife, finely slice the cauliflower. Finely slice the radicchio. Place in a mixing bowl. Remove celery leaves and toss into the bowl. Cut the remaining stalks into thin matchsticks and add to the mix. Add parsley leaves, chives, chopped walnuts and dates.
For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
Drizzle over salad when ready to serve.
From Dana James.
This is a schedule plan for the single, unmarried woman… can you suggest one for those of us who have a man in our lives? Where our time is not all about “me” but rather “us”?