For many, a raw foods diet is a very strange thing and many people just seriously don’t know what to eat during a Dherbs cleanse. People think about adding cheese, meat, croutons, or processed dressings that contain so many unhealthy ingredients, but these ingredients are not allowed. Those are the ingredients that negate all of the health benefits of a salad. To help you out a little, we have outlined what you can and cannot have in your salads while cleansing. If you have any other questions that aren’t answered here, please feel free to call us, chat with us, or email us.
What Kind of Lettuce Should I Use?
We advise using Romaine, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, or Butter lettuce varieties. You can also use spring mixed greens as the base for your salad. These kinds of leafy greens have more chlorophyll and nutrients in them compared to iceberg lettuce, which should never be eaten. Iceberg lettuce is grafted, meaning man-made! The origin of the name is due to the fact that it was made to grow in and withstand cold weather, even snow. Iceberg lettuce contains no nutrients whatsoever.
What Vegetables Can I Add To My Salad?
As long as the vegetables are raw and eaten raw, you can add whatever you like to the salad. You can add things like spinach, carrots, radish slices, parsley, cilantro, red or green cabbage, alfalfa sprouts, celery, kale, or broccoli. Be inventive with your flavor combinations. If you are strict in regards to not eating grafted foods, avoid eating carrots, which are grafted. However, unless you buy organic, most fruits and vegetables in the United States today are grafted. So if this is important to you, you may need to start growing your own vegetables. If you want more information about vegetables you can eat, click here.
What Fruits Can I Add To My Salad?
When it comes to mixing fruits with vegetables, there are a couple exceptions to the rule, because fruits and vegetables should not be eaten together, according to the food combining chart. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocados are exempt from this rule. The best tomatoes to use in your salad are organic Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, or vine tomatoes. While Kalamata olives can be a good salad ingredient, they are not allowed while you are cleansing. Make sure your cucumbers are not waxed. If they are, cut off the outer skin before slicing them. Look for organic cucumbers and organic Persian cucumbers. Note that if you are having a fruit salad, refer to the food combining chart.
Can I Add Olives Or Jarred Vegetables/Fruis To My Salad?
No. Even though a lot of salads, especially at restaurants, have olives, pepperocinis (banana peppers), artichoke hearts, or roasted red peppers, these are not allowed on salads while you are cleansing. They contain preservatives and other ingredients that are not cleanse approved.
Can I Add Nuts, Seeds, Beans, and Legumes To My Salad?
You can add raw nuts and seeds to your salad, but you cannot add beans and legumes. The only exception for this is if you add raw lentils or garbanzo beans that you have soaked in water (no cooking!). We don’t recommend this because they can have a crunchy, uncooked texture. You may do better to add things like raw sunflower seeds, raw pecans, raw walnuts, raw pumpkin seeds, raw sesame seeds, or raw cashews to your salads.
Can I Add Vegan or Vegetarian Cheese To My Salad?
No. Not in your salad while detoxing or performing a cleanse. Vegan and vegetarian cheeses are processed and therefore not classified as raw. One thing that you can add to salad dressings is nutritional yeast, which gives the dressing a cheesy flavor. It is also a great source of folate and vitamin B12. Try our cleanse approved cashew Caesar dressing to see what we’re talking about.
Can I Add Eggs To My Salad?
No. Eggs are not raw and they are derived from chickens. One reason for detoxing is to remove animal products from the system. If you’re craving protein, there’s plenty of fruit and plant-based proteins to satisfy you. The leafy greens in your salads give you plenty of protein!
Can I Add Salad Dressing To My Salad?
You are not only bound to making the sample dressing that we provide in the booklet that comes with your cleanse. There are a lot of salad dressings that you can make. In fact, you can visit this recipe section to see a variety of dressings that give your salads new life. Just make sure that you read whether or not the dressings are cleanse approved. Sometimes you can find a raw salad dressing in a health food store. Bragg’s makes a raw salad dressing.
Can I use Herbal Seasoning or Spices on My Salad?
Of course. Herbal seasonings are made from herbs, but still read the ingredients on the label. Though not a seasoning or spice, sea salt may also be used on your salad if you like. And so can Bragg Liquid Aminos. Avoid soy sauce!
Can I Add Croutons To My Salad?
No. Croutons are a refined grain and they are processed. Avoid them.
Can I Add Vegan Bacon Bits To My Salad?
No. Vegan versions of Bacon Bits (‘Un-Bacon Bits’) are processed and, thus, not raw. Avoid them while on your cleanse. You can eat as much salad as you like to fill you up while you are cleansing, so don’t forget that.