Well, my cleanse is in full swing, how is yours going? I’m, thankfully, at the point where things are becoming far easier; and while it’s smooth sailing now, I have to admit, the first two days were wrought with mood swings and headaches, as my body was getting into its cleansing groove; but now I’m on a roll- I feel lighter, I’m sleeping even better than I normally do and my mood has improved greatly.

But despite being in the aforementioned groove, a girl still gets the occasional sweet craving or two; but when people think of cleansing foods, sweet things generally don’t come to mind, as most sweet treats are full of sugar. However, as promised, I am going to arm you with the tools aka recipes that will help you sail through your cleanse with ease!

It’s no secret that I’m a raw honey diva with a sprinkle of sweet coconut sugar on the side, and, although, both of those come with a laundry list of health benefits they should be shelved for the duration of a cleanse; so how the heck does one appease a sweet cravings, you ask? With stevia, I reply emphatically!

Now I will admit that it has taken me some time to get on board the stevia bandwagon, I always found it left a metallic like aftertaste to anything I put it into; but as January began I vowed to give stevia another chance. Lo and behold, the second chance was worthwhile. It turns out stevia is one of the most wonderfully cleansing foods, in that it’s a completely plant based sweetening agent that comes complete health benefits.

So here is the rundown on the leaf that is stevia.

Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a very long way; and when I say a little I mean a minute amount. My first forays into stevia I used far too much, which resulted in the aforementioned metallic taste; however, when used sparingly, stevia is a part of the cleansing foods posse, and will help quell any sweet craving. Stevia also has the power to freshen your breath, as it has antibacterial properties; so as far as cleansing foods go, stevia has got your number.

This chocolate drink was born after I was watching a movie and they were sipping on, what appeared to be, the smoothest drinking chocolate on the planet- I needed it, I wanted it, so I made it happen!

By using the protein rich hemp seed milk, this sipper will help to curb your mid afternoon or mid morning craving; and when combined with cinnamon, which is a well known natural appetite suppressant, it will also help prevent another one! Dual purpose cleansing foods- I like.

If something cool is what you fancy, this can be made and chilled for later consumption; I did this and shared it with a friend to which she replied “this cannot be cleanse approved”. But alas, this hot carob chai is delicious and one of my savior cleansing foods, you’re going to love it.

A warm, or cold, treat to satisfy your sweet tooth- sip sip hooray!

1 decaffeinated chai tea bag
½ cup boiling water
1 cup hemp seed milk, warmed
¼ tsp cinnamon, ground
1 ½ tsp carob powder
¼ tsp stevia, liquid

Steep the chai tea in the hot water for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, on the stovetop in a pot, heat the remaining ingredients on medium high heat, while whisking continuously. Once the little bubbles begin to form, remove from heat. Add the steeped chai liquid to the hemp seed milk mixture. You can enjoy the drink at this point, but if you want a latte like experience, place the liquid in a blender for 1 minute- this incorporates air into the mixture!