Sure, most of us love tacos, but eating nothing else but those for 30 days? Could you do it? Well it's not like you won't get to vary the fillings and add sides, so it seems very doable for taco lovers.
Jennifer Aniston was one of the first celebrities to befriend the Taco Cleanse diet. She did wonder how this could be a diet when tacos are typically so cheesy for one thing. Good on her for questioning, as many people don't do that, but just go on all these different fad diets, which is a lot of the reason the Taco Cleanse is very "tongue-in-cheek."
The four authors of the Taco Cleanse book call themselves "dedicated taco scientists." Although meaning nothing in terms of degrees as actual scientists, doctors, dietitians, or even chefs, their dedication seems to really show in the recipes. As the book cover promises, there are "over 75 vegan recipes" and these seem well thought out and look filling AF. There are even cool potato hacks for faster and easier ways of cooking tasty potatoes that may make missing meat a non-issue.
Like spring rolls with Chinese food, guacamole and tortilla chips add that extra something to Mexican fare. The Taco Cleanse, which is tortilla-based, lets you eat guacamole and refried beans too, so with those plus the tacos, it's tough to imagine going hungry on this food plan!
So basically, the Taco Cleanse is a darn interesting vegan recipe book that cleverly lampoons fad diet books. It doesn't really cleanse, although that's arguable since there's no meat or animal products used in the Taco Cleanse.
But, this diet doesn't provide weight loss, unless you count your calories yourself and exercise while eating tacos, guacamole and refried beans for 30 days. So what's the real reward here? Perhaps for many it's trying the delicious-looking vegan recipes as well as getting a good dose of humor from some of the satirical claims in the book.
The beauty of the recipes in the Taco Cleanse book is that you can adjust the vegetables, peppers and other ingredients to include those you love. Most of the taco recipes have a large variety of filling ingredients that make it easy to substitute what you like in terms of mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, regular or sweet potatoes and hot to mild peppers. Vegan versions of cheese and sour cream are permitted too.
Forget the regular food pyramid — look to the taco pyramid for this eating adventure! You can even have dessert tacos...choco tacos anyone? Oh, and for the drinks, you can have what you like, but apparently margaritas are mandatory. (We know...it's a hardship.)
The sheer variety of the Taco Cleanse recipes and the imagination behind them is a lot of fun. For instance, there's even a potato-based Matzo Taco for Passover! Those taco scientists thought of everything.
If you're an all-day taco lover willing to try vegan recipes, the Taco Cleanse may be right for you. You might even find that with all those filling plant-based foods, meat might become a thing of the past...at least for 30 days.