Pistachio Cacao Grain-free Granola that is vegan and sugar-free and my thoughts on Be Well cleanse!
Hi friends! Checking in here to share that I am officially DONEZO with my Be Well cleanse. 14 days and many smoothies later, I have completed the elimination diet.
In case you missed my Almond Coconut Fudge Bars post, I suggest reading that first to get an idea on what I am talking about. It was the first of my favorite recipes I made for this cleanse. Since you cannot have gluten, grains, dairy, soy or pretty much any sugar, it certainly put me to the test.
14 days of no:
- peanuts or peanut butter
- high sugar fruits (bananas, pineapple, etc.)
- beans and legumes (if you’re vegetarian you may be able to still have this if you do it)
- sugar (coconut sugar, dates, maple syrup, everything!)
- rice, grains, nothing!
- eggs (but i didn’t follow this)
- red meat (but i didn’t follow this)
- night shade veggies (tomatoes, peppers, etc.)
.. And likely some other things I am missing but you get the point. You have 3 shakes and 2 full meals a day for 14 days.
I am someone who craves sweet over savory. I’d rather eat a bag of chocolate cookies than pretzels. Most of the time I crave banana almond butter toast as opposed to an egg sandwich. So needless to say, these past 14 days were a bit of a shock for me. But to be honest, it wasn’t as hard as I thought.
I am the type of personality who adjusts pretty easily to things after awhile. I do not favorite change or being taken out of my routines but once I am moving and grooving again, it’s totally fine. It took a couple days but I was in a “Be Well” routine before I knew it. It seems very intimating and overwhelming to do something like this and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I try to not be regimented with food so this was going against what I really preach to myself but I truly trust Dr. Lipman, and it is only 14 days!
Here are a few of my thoughts on my experience with the Be Well cleanse:
- While I do eat dessert daily and love a good banana bread, I really don’t eat excess sugar in that many things. Sure it is in most granolas, bars, etc. but it’s pretty easy to make those things at home (insert this granola and my fudge bars). I wasn’t able to eat my usual granolas that I love, but I am so happy to be adding them back into my life again.
- I loved that this elimination diet really wants you to EAT. I’m not a fan of juice cleanses or the whole “let’s not eat until dinner” thing so the fact that Be Well wants you to eat and feel nourished is what really made me feel good about doing this. I would bulk up my smoothies each morning and top it with this grain and sugar-free recipe. I wanted to fill up with a lot of healthy fats and protein to keep me fuel and prevent me from losing weight. My meals were solid sized and I did have the shakes and a green apple or nuts in between meals. I noticed I felt hungrier during the day at first but just ate whenever I wanted and added more fats in each meal.
- As you may recall, I was not omitting eggs or beef like the cleanse usually asks of you. I spoke with Dr. Lipman about this and we agreed that I can still include them as we didn’t think they were triggering any of my rashes or bloating. A few of my favorite things I made:
- Tacos (like these) on almond flour tortillas
- Zoodles with Basil Alfredo Sauce and I added a protein with it
- Lamb meatballs (grass-fed ground lamb)
- Butternut squash noodles with eggs (like this)
- Almond flour pizza crust with avocado, veggies and eggs (like this)
- Sweet potato fries (not everyday but my body needed some carbs)
- Almond coconut fudge bars
- Midnight cacao chocolate and coconut butter (ordered from here – code rachLcoconutcups for free chocolate with orders) obviously didn’t make this but good to satisfy my sweet cravings without sugar
- The powder or “shake packet” tastes pretty berry-ish to me. I enjoyed adding it to my smoothies, especially with blueberries! It was really delicious. If the shake packet didn’t really go with what I was making I just had it in a drink with water or almond milk.
- Sometimes the most random food items or even drinks can be triggering symptoms for you. For me it isn’t specific food groups that bother me like gluten or dairy. It is more particular items that can make me break out in hives, cause bloating, etc. I’m not sharing yet as I’m still testing/reintroducing but this really taught me and further proved to me how our bodies truly are so different from one another. Never comparing my body to someone else’s.
- Going out for meals isn’t ideal on this but I did do it a few times. I am fortunate to live in an area such as NYC that has endless healthy and “clean” options so it was pretty easy for me. What wasn’t easy was teaching a baking class to make these cupcakes and not eat any. I just kept reminding myself it was on 14 days! Not the end of the world.
The Be Well cleanse in my opinion, is a great option for someone to try if they are dealing with random symptoms that may be linked to or triggered by food. It’s also a great way to reset your body and figure out what foods actually make you feel good.
I wouldn’t want to do this cleanse longer than 14 days (at least not around the holidays!) and felt that two weeks was enough for me personally. I haven’t had any hives or weird bloating in two weeks, so I am very happy I did this! I can definitely see myself doing this again next year or in six months for a reset.
If YOU are interested in doing the cleanse, use the code RACHL for 10% off ANY cleanse. This isn’t sponsored by Be Well. I simply asked for a code to share with you, so if you are interested, let me know! And please join our Facebook group I created. We talked a lot about the cleanse and other fun things 🙂
Now let’s get to this grain-free and sugar-free granola. It was my go-to crunchy snack and breakfast topping on Be Well and is now going to be a staple in our weekly line up.
WHAT YOU NEED
Pistachio Cacao Grain-free Granola (vegan + sugar-free) + Be Well Recap
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 50 mins
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw pistachios
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (sunflower works too)
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 3 tablespoons flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper
- In a food processor add almonds, pumpkin seeds and pistachios and blend until they are completely broken into smaller pieces
- Add to a large mixing bowl and add in coconut flakes, flaxseeds and mix well
- Add in coconut oil and almond butter and mix again (note you can add honey or maple syrup here if you want some sweetness) if the almond butter isn’t liquid enough please melt!
- Mix in cacao powder and make sure the granola is completely combined (if it looks too dry, add a little more coconut oil and if it is too wet add some more coconut flakes or nuts
- Pour onto baking tray (you may need to use two trays depending on the size)
- Bake in oven for about 30 minutes then shake the tray and bake for another 10-15 minutes
- Store in airtight container on counter or in the fridge! Should stay good in fridge for a couple of weeks
- Category: grain-free, paleo, no sugar, vegan
- Cuisine: breakfast, granola
This post was not sponsored by Be Well but I was given the cleanse complimentary to share with my amazing readers!