For Mother’s Day this year, I bought my mom a juice cleanse from Pressed Juicery. She and I are both fans of the company’s products. My favorite juice is a new seasonal flavor that combines kale, spinach, romaine, brazil nut, vanilla bean, dates, and sea salt. My mom’s favorite is their Citrus 4 juice, with cucumber, pineapple, lemon, coconut, and aloe vera. She did the cleanse yesterday, which meant waking up to a tall glass of green stuff rather than her usual coffee with half n half. Over the course of the day, she consumed 6 juices, all the water she wanted, nothing else. Last night, she said that she went to bed hungry but not entirely miserable, and that the day had shed a lot of light on her relationship with food. It is an interesting phenomenon – our connection to food, how it makes us feel, how focused our society is on it. I think that a cleanse is not only a great way to detox and reboot, but it also forces us to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold as idols in our lives. She inspired me to try a juice cleanse at some point – maybe on a week where I am not running 6 miles a day.
Needless to say, after the cleanse ended, we celebrated Mother’s Day morning with a spread of waffles, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola. I would love to share our recipe for you to try out on your next leisurely morning.
Almond Spelt Waffles
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 eggs (yolks and whites separated)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
1. Begin to heat a waffle iron, and preheat the oven to a low temperature (~170 F) to keep the waffles warm as you cook them.
2. Combine the flours, salt, soda, and spices in a large bowl.
3. Mix the oil, egg yolks, honey, almond milk, and banana together in a separate bowl; make sure to incorporate the banana well so that there are no large chunks in the mixture.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
5. Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Fold them into the batter just before cooking.
Our favorite toppings for these waffles include greek yogurt, lemon curd, berries, and granola, as well as good ol’ butter and maple syrup.