Spring Cleanse – Curry Quinoa Crunch – Gluten-free + Vegan

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Spring Cleanse

Spring Cleanse - Curry Quinoa Crunch - Gluten-free + Vegan

It seems kinda odd for the first recipe I am sharing on this cleanse to be a snack, but with today being day 1 of my 7-day spring cleanse, I decided last night to come up with a healthy and cleansing savory snack that would give me the crunchy satisfaction that I often times crave throughout the day. This way I would be sure to stick with the plan and no get derailed by something crunchy and naughty in a moment of weakness. Sure there will be plenty of veggies, but since I will be eating most of them steamed, sautéed or roasted – I knew I would still be craving some of that crunch that I adore. 9 times out of 10, I find myself craving savory and crispy over anything sweet you could ever put in front of me! It doesn’t even have to be salty for me, there is just something so satisfying to me about a crunchy snack.

After I made that Maple Cinnamon Crunch Quinoa Granola a while back, it gave me the idea to tweak the recipe a tad and make something savory for this cleanse. Since I am allowing myself some select grains, sparingly, and quinoa is on that list, I thought it would be perfect. Plus – curry powder which is already one of my favorites, is loaded with so many great spices to aid in digestion, detoxification and cleansing, like cumin, turmeric, fenugreek, pepper, etc.

From Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D. regarding The Secrets of Ayurveda “Ayurveda recognizes 6 tastes—sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. The American diet often has plenty of the first 3 – sweet, sour and salty – but is often missing the last three (which as you might recall are quite beneficial to a spring cleanse.) Because curry satisfies all 6 tastes, it helps you eat less at each meal.Each of the ingredients provides its own unique contribution to health and all the spices together are a powerful combination that counteracts disease and aging. Cumin and coriander in particular help with digestion. Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas and abdominal cramps can be remedied with regular use of these two spices. The real ―superstar of curry powder is turmeric. It is a potent antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory that has been studied in relation to several conditions including cancer, wound healing, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. You can use turmeric in curry powder or get it in tablet form to increase your consumption.”

Feel free to add any of your favorite nuts to this and as mentioned below, using more than a drizzle of sweetener would certainly make for a more clustery type snack, which is what I had intended, but I wanted to use little to no sweetener so I went very conservative.

I have been posting my meals and anything related to the cleanse on my Facebook page so far, and when I have a recipe to share, I will be posting it on here, so please stay tuned for more recipes and tips throughout the week.

Spring Cleanse - Curry Quinoa Crunch - Gluten-free + Vegan

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1 Skylor (Sprout Lifestyle) March 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I think putting a snack recipe up for your first day of a cleanse is genius – snacks are usually the hardest part for people during a cleanse! Super excited to try!

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2 tastyyummies March 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Thanks Skylor. Between this and some raw nuts, I have been perfectly satisfied during this cleanse. The most important way for me to be able to stick with it the entire time.

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3 Saundra March 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm

If I used less maple syrup would the maple cinnamon quinoa recipe work as well forbid cleanse? Or are the ingredients all wrong?

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4 Saundra March 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Oops!! for a … Not forbid. Lol

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5 Saundra March 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Beth, I’m not getting the print button with the recipe to work on this recipe as well as a few of the others you have posted on this cleanse.

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6 tastyyummies March 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Hmm, that’s strange. I just checked it and it is definitely there and working. Not sure why it isn’t showing for you. Sorry for the trouble.

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7 Saundra March 21, 2013 at 2:15 am

Would quinoa flakes work for this recipe? Just curious as to the whole versus the flakes in a granola recipe.
Also, you mention the maple cinnamon recipe … would it be doable for this cleanse if I used less maple syrup? I just finished day 3 and I’m feeling great.

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8 Penny June 26, 2013 at 11:05 am

I left out the sweetener and used this as a garnish on a curried butternut bisque. It was great! Thank you!

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9 tastyyummies June 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm

What a wonderful idea Penny! Such a clever way to use this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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