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Get a fresh start in January

 

RECIPES AND IMAGES BY SYLVIA FOUNTAINE

At the beginning of the New Year, many of us pause and think about the year behind and create plans for the year to come. After all the holiday indulging, many of these plans revolve around health and wellness, and we begin to move towards the idea of treating our bodies with a little more care.

We start exercising again and incorporating healthy foods back into our daily routine. Meals become lighter and produce-filled. We gravitate towards foods that energize the body rather than weigh us down. Some take a break from sweets and alcohol. Many go so far as to jumpstart their diets with juices, cleanses, and detoxes, making radical shifts. But like a pendulum, radical swings in one direction often produce radical opposites, eventually landing us right back where we were before.

Consider a gentler path.  Simply eat cleanly for a time, allowing your body’s natural built-in detoxing system to do its job a little easier. Our bodies are truly magnificent in that when cared for, they heal themselves.

Clean eating doesn’t have to be fussy, expensive, or time consuming. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. Centered on fresh produce rather than heavy meats and expensive proteins, clean eating is actually economical. Simple clean meals require simple preparation, meaning less time in the kitchen.  Clean eating doesn’t mean suffering through boring or flavorless meals, but instead motivates us to rethink flavor, utilizing fresh herbs, roots, and spices.

One of nature’s most loving gifts to help us with this is fresh turmeric.  Not only does it impart a lovely exotic flavor, it’s incredibly soothing and healing. Used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine, turmeric contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help give our body the boost it needs to heal, soothe, and restore itself in a gentler, kinder way.

Fresh Golden Root Juice

A fresh juice, designed to soothe the body — earthy and sweet in flavor with a touch of the exotic, using mostly roots.

Watercress Salad with Orange, Avocado, and Turmeric Lime Dressing

A vibrant, peppery salad that is both energizing and gently cleansing, utilizing fresh turmeric in the dressing.

Turmeric Coconut Curry with Tofu and Shiitakes

A fragrant coconut curry infused with turmeric root, lemongrass, and ginger enveloping tofu and shiitake mushrooms.

Maple-Roasted Pineapple with Turmeric & Coconut Ice Cream

Oven-roasted pineapple infused with fresh, grated turmeric root and maple syrup, served warm over coconut ice cream.

Sylvia Fountaine is a chef, caterer and author/photographer of Feasting at Home, a seasonal, plant-inspired cooking blog at www.feastingathome.com.

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