I make this juice, or some version of it, almost every morning for breakfast. It is dense with immunity boosting vitamins, antioxidants & is a super support to the digestive system as it assists your body in the cleansing out of toxins and changing the intestinal gut flora for the better. It also provides a nice morning ‘zing’, causing you to feel alert and full of energy. It is pretty much the ultimate breakfast!
- 10 medium/large carrots (with their greens, if still attached)
- 1 apple
- 1 small beet
- 1 large rhubarb stalk
- knob of turmeric
Run all ingredients through a juicer, stir to combine & enjoy!
Variation: ginger in place of tumeric, grapefruit in place of rhubarb
One of the best raw & GAPS friendly desserts I have ever made! These freeze relatively soft, producing something of an open faced ice-cream sandwich.
Carob base :
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 2 tablespoons raw carob powder
- 5 medjool dates (pits removed)
- pinch of sea salt
Cashew Vanilla Cream:
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 2 vanilla beans (slit open & seeds scraped out)
In a food processor, pulse all base ingredients until they stick together forming a loose dough. Press this dough into the bottom of an 8×6″ glass pyrex dish or similar sized tupperware.
In a blender, blend all cashew cream ingredients together until very smooth and creamy. Taste for sweetness & add more honey if preferred.
Pour cashew cream on top of the carob base, cover and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Once frozen, cut into small squares and enjoy!
Despite my best efforts to blog every stage separately, the last three stages of the intro to the GAPS diet have come and gone so quickly I did not find the chance. Each week we reintroduced an assortment of allowed foods to our diet, as laid out in the GAPS book. It is amazing how much we appreciate the taste of even the simplest foods after weeks of living off of such a stripped down diet. It is a bit like fasting & it is absolutely refreshing!
The allowance of fresh pressed juices in Stage 4 got us addicted to morning breakfasts of fresh pressed carrot + ginger juice. We throw in an occasional apple or beet for variety, but the carrot + ginger combo is a big winner! My husband has weened himself off of coffee and this juice has been a super charged energy boost for him in the mornings. I call it ‘getting juiced’.
I took the homemade yogurt out of my diet for the weeks of the 4th and 5th stage, as my digestion had slowed way down and I was feeling quite heavy. After two weeks of no dairy, I was able to reintroduce it in the 6th stage without a problem. I have also cut way back on the amount I was eating per day. I now only have it as a morning snack and that seems to have balanced things out.
Stage 5 allowed us to use our outdoor grill again which is our favorite way to cook meat, especially fish.
And stage 6 brought back a large variety of raw vegetables and we are back to eating lots of fresh greens and salads.
We are still getting plenty of bone broth and fermented veg.
All in all we are both feeling really good! Ready and committed to the FULL GAPS DIET.