Honestly Healthy Cleanse is the third book in the alkaline cookbook series, Honestly Healthy. Natasha talks to us about the benefits of an alkaline diet and participating in the Fare Healthy event this January, plus she reveals the recipe for her Carrot ‘noodles’ and avocado dressing
Your third book is called Honestly Healthy Cleanse. What’s it about?
I created this book as four different cleanses that fit into your life. There is the ‘feelgood’ which is two-three days of soups and smoothies, the ‘slimdown’, which is designed as a pre-event or bikini six days slimdown, the ‘highenergy’ cleanse which focuses on 6 days of high protein food that supports an exercise driven cleanse and then the 30 day ‘Lifechanging’ cleanse. All the cleanses are filled with nutritious meals, snacks and treats and are such delicious recipe they can used every day, not just for a cleanse.
Why is it important for the body to go through a cleanse like the ones you advocate?
Giving your body and system a break once in a while is so important. In the book, I talk about cleansing with the seasons, which I love to do. We surround ourselves with acid-forming foods and environments every day so taking a break from this is important to really reset and start again.
Is it aimed at people already familiar with your approach or can anyone try the recipes inside?
Not at all, anyone can try it who has never heard of Honestly Healthy before. If people don’t want to follow the cleanses, you can just dip into the delicious recipes and know they are doing great things for you and your body.
What feedback have you had from people who have started an alkaline diet?
Some of the testimonials we get on a daily basis are mind-blowing and humbling. People say it has changed their lives from how they feel on a day-to-day basis to mentally being more positive with themselves and their attitude to food. One lady said she had insomnia for seven years and after three weeks following the alkaline way, she was sleeping through the night. We have had people who lose up to one stone in 10 days from such a dramatic change in their daily diet, and people that have lost one stone in three weeks in the alkaline cleanse. People say their skin has cleared up and bloating disappears – it’s truly amazing.
What’s new in the latest book for regular followers of an alkaline diet?
So many new delicious recipes like coconut crusted tofu, lentil broccoli burgers, cauliflower and pink peppercorn soup, salted coconut ice-cream and no grain kale bread.
What’s your favourite recipe from the book?
I think cauliflower ‘rice’ risotto has to be my favourite as it’s a wonderful grain-free alternative to risotto but is so delicious and nourishing. I also love my crimson crumble.
How people keep disciplined on cold winter days about what they eat? How do you avoid temptation?!
Warm your food. Having a soup before your salad or warm up your salad in the winter. Drinking hot drinks throughout the day help keep you warm and, I find, reduce my cravings.
Why have you decided to participate in the Fare Healthy event at Paradise?
It will be a fun day and there are some great brands and people involved. I also love to meet people that are following Honestly Healthy as people’s stories are so inspiring.
What role will you be playing on the day?
I will be doing a demo after the HIIT GYM class (I go to the West Hampstead gym three times a week – I love the workout)
Honestly Healthy Cleanse by Natasha Corrett published by Hodder & Stoughton is out now, £25, images by Lisa Linder; honestlyhealthyfood.com
Carrot ‘noodles’ and avocado salad
This wonderfully cleansing dish is incredibly alkalising too – which is such a bonus! I love the creaminess of the avocado dressing here, it really transforms a few humble ingredients into a delicious meal.
2–3 carrots, spiralised
2 ripe avocados, roughly chopped
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp sweet miso
1 small clove garlic, grated
a pinch of Himalayan pink salt
½ small red onion, finely chopped
15g coriander, chopped
40g pea shoots
Put the avocados, lemon juice, sweet miso, garlic and salt in a blender and blend until completely smooth.
Pour this dressing over the carrot ‘noodles’ and mix in – using your hands is best I find – then stir in the red onion and coriander.
Divide the pea shoots between 2 plates, add a pile of the ‘noodles’ on top, garnish with the tamari-toasted pumpkin seeds and lime zest and drizzle the pumpkin oil all over.