By Be Well Health Coach Jenny Sansouci
When you’re on the Be Well Cleanse, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor. We wouldn’t do that to you! We love delicious food, and we know you can clean out your system while still enjoying lots of delicious foods and condiments.
While you may be cutting out gluten, sugar and dairy, there are plenty of herbs, spices and condiments you can use to delight your palate and make you forget you’re even detoxing. While all herbs and spices are cleanse friendly, here are a few of our favorite condiments that will pack your Cleanse recipes with delicious flavor.
We love all kinds of mustard, especially dijon mustard – but make sure there’s no sugar added. It’s great in salad dressings, on top of vegetables, and especially spread on top of avocado slices with a squeeze of lemon juice.
This is a great coconut-based replacement for soy sauce! Since soy is cut out completely on the cleanse, use coconut aminos instead. You won’t even miss the soy.
Conventional salad dressings and ketchups usually contain sugar or corn syrup. These dressings are all either unsweetened, or sweetened with dates or honey. Be sure to check out their ketchup and hot sauces!
This is our favorite oil for cooking. It can withstand a higher heat without breaking down, and has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also adds an incredible flavor to any dish – sweet or savory! Try it.
Turmeric is the ultimate anti-inflammatory spice. It’s incredible in any savory dish, especially a stir-fry packed with lots of veggies. Be sure to pair it with black pepper, which greatly enhances it’s healing effects.
Cinnamon is fantastic for balancing blood sugar levels, which makes it a great spice to add to any meal. It can bring a slight sweetness to foods, so add it to your shakes or sprinkle it on top of berries for a healthy dessert.
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds, and it makes a delicious creamy dressing when combined with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Sesame seeds are one of the highest plant-based sources of calcium – so spoon it onto your salads or use it as a dip for your favorite veggies.
It’s amazing what a drop or two of liquid stevia can do to sweeten up a smoothie or dessert without adding any extra fruit or sweetener. A tiny bit goes a very long way!
Fresh garlic or garlic powder are a fantastic way to add tremendous flavor to any meal. Garlic is also nature’s antibiotic, so if you’re feeling under the weather make sure you pack in some extra!
A few drops of vanilla extract can also contribute some dessert-like sweetness without adding extra sugar. Add a little bit to your shake, along with some cinnamon, and it’ll taste just like a vanilla milkshake. ;)
What are your favorite herbs, spices, or healthy condiments?