As far as cleanses go, the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse is an easy one for me to follow. They know their audience well — the 14-day eating plan allows for four cocktails a week and gives the exception for a morning cup of coffee. Which is good news for me because two weeks without caffeine would lead me into a deep dark place that even sprouted lentils couldn’t save me from.
I’m also very thankful that the recipes that Bon Appetit included in the cleanse are (so far) very good. I made this lovely and filling quinoa-oatmeal for Day 4 and was incredibly happy with how it turned out.
The quinoa is rinsed and left to soak overnight with steel-cut oats, reducing the morning cooking time. The next day, the mixture is brought to a boil. Add in some almond milk, cinnamon and salt and after 10 minutes, breakfast is ready! I topped my bowl (as recommended) with toasted pecans and half a cup of shredded apple for sweetness.
Oh yes, and I served it with extra almond milk for a creamy porridge consistency.
The quinoa packs a protein punch that is perfect for me — since I bike 8 miles to work Monday through Friday, I need a lot of energy in the morning. And it’s easy to make a big batch of this at a time, reheating a portion each day with a little almond milk or water. Even after the next ten days are up, this breakfast is going to be making routine appearances in my life.