The purple cabbage is so incredibly nutrient rich that it should be one of our most loved ingredients in cooking and juicing. In fact, it has more vitamin C than oranges. Who knew? Continue reading “Purple Power Juice”
I have just returned from a very fun weekend skiing in Norway. It was desperately cold (-25C) and intensely sunny with scenery so breathtakingly beautiful it reduced us to silence on a daily basis. For anyone who’s never been, I can highly recommend it. But as we all know when it comes to skiing, sooner or later you end up at the after ski party where even the most responsible mother of two can end up dancing on tables. I can highly recommend that too. This post, therefore, is all about recharging your batteries and infusing your body with nutrients that may or may not have been lost in Scandinavia. What better way to do that than to bypass digestion altogether and indulge in some potent juicing this week.
The Green Swede Recharge Juice contains many vital minerals and nutrients including beetroot (protein, zink, magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium plus plenty of vitamin A and C), ginger (anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and a great digestion aid), lemon (anti-oxidant, vitamin C and an alkaliser once in the body) and carrots (vitamin A, B6, potassium, copper). It is an instant revitaliser that will recharge and help your body eliminate toxins whilst replacing lost nutrients.
The Immunity Booster Shot (taken from Anna Ottosson’s book ‘Halsodrycker) is an intense winter cold buster, packed with plenty of ginger, turmeric (potent anti-viral and anti-inflammatory whilst containing high levels of magnesium, potassium and calcium), orange (vitamin C), lemon and black pepper corns (anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial). Drink this as spicy as you can take it until you start to feel re-energised and back to normal. A little goes a long way and the idea is that you drink a small amount (a shot) of concentrated ingredients that really hits the spot.
Why don’t you try one of the juices below in addition to or in place of your regular green juice. I hope you enjoy them. Happy Tuesday! x
2-3 cm Ginger root
Ginger and Turmeric Shot
2-3 cm Ginger root
2 cm Turmeric root
1/2 – 1 Orange
8 Black Peppercorns
Juice all ingredients and drink immediately. X
I would find it impossible to make do without the avocado. Versatile, nutritious and tasty could be it’s epitaph – fast food another. Few plant based whole foods taste so perfect without little or no intervention. Bananas do spring to mind yet they don’t have that exotic, luxurious and creamy deliciousness that the savory avocado do. I use them in smoothies, spread on toast, eaten au natural (or drizzled with olive oil) scooped out with a spoon, in salads, mashed into baby food, in face masks and of course in the epic Guacamole. Shunned in the past for it’s ‘fat’ content, here are 10 updated top facts* extolling the virtues of the avocado. Stock up now and start to glow!
10 Reasons To Love Avocado
1 – Great for keeping skin supple due to omega 3 fatty acids and oleic acid.
2 – Can aid in weight loss (good fat does not make you fat).
3 – Copper and iron aide stress reduction and relaxation.
4 – Folic acid promotes reproductive health.
5 – Lowers ‘bad’ cholestrol, increase the ‘good’.
6 – Protein rich – promotes strength and endurance.
7 – Lecithin improves brain function.
8 – Vitamin E, powerful anti oxidant, neutralises harmful effects of toxins in body.
9 – Omega 6 fatty acids and oleic acid aids in soothing inflammation.
10 – Linoleic acid help to improve blood sugar balance.
We’ve come a long way from only using avocados sliced into a Tricolore salad (although that is good too). Why not have your avocado for breakfast, spread on a piece of toast or a cracker (I use the gluten-free variety) or on its own with some olive oil and herb salt if grains does not agree with you. Pop a slice of tomato on top. Or mix it in your morning smoothies, together with a banana, berries, some mixed nuts and green leaves. Top it off with coconut or filtered water. In my book, as long as you’ve got an avocado in your fruit bowl, you know your day is going to be alright. Have a happy saturday everyone! x
* ‘Natural Wonderfoods‘, by Bartimeus, Haigh, Merson, Owen and Wright.