Warning: Leave your body conscious inhibitions or any shyness in the lockers with your clothes. The Korean baths allow no clothing inside. On my first trip there I realized how askew our narrow definition of beauty truly is. There were bodies everywhere in all different shapes and sizes, all them beautiful in their own unique way.
Just imagine releasing all the stress and toxic energy we build up in our daily lives as you enter this Aladdin’s cave of serenity. Arrive early to shed your clothes, shower and sink leisurely into the warm mineral pool to ease tension, the hot mineral bath to detoxify and boost immunity, then plunge into the cold pool to balance body temperature and tighten your pores. Detox further for a couple minutes in the dry clay sauna, carefully staying hydrated as you go, then let the herbal steam permeate your soul as you lounge in the Jade sauna. Another quick shower then back to the jacuzzi to relax until the main event.
A few of you on the cleanse asked for my lower fat version of hummus, so here you go…
Servings: makes about 1 1/4 cups (one serving is 2 tablespoons)
1 15 1/2 ounce can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and 1/3 cup liquid reserved
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tahini (you can substitute raw cashew butter)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 pinch of cayenne (optional)
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil (optional, but great for the cleanse)
In a food processor, add chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, lemon zest, cumin, sea salt, and cayenne (if using). Pulse to roughly chop, then process while adding the 1/3 cup reserved liquid from the chickpeas and flax seed oil.
Variations: Try using ancho chili powder in place of the cumin and roasted garlic, or add in a couple chopped sun-dried tomatoes and garnish with toasted pine nuts (after you finish the cleanse).