For week one of our Cool Cucumber Christmas we bring you this immune boosting recipe from our friend and vegan blogger Jo Balfe at Nurturing Kitchen:
It really is true that we can’t look after others fully until we look after ourselves and nourish our bodies with good food and stop to have a treat. Boosting you immunity now, rather than waiting until after the festive excesses have happened is a great way to not only support your system but also get into great habits to carry forth into the New Year. Making a really simple change such as including a green drink into your day this month will not only help you feel energised and great but will get those healthy habits started. As we often eat, drink and do too much during the festive season, making a delicious drink which is full of immune boosting ingredients will help see you through and also make your skin glow and keep your energy steady.
In this recipe I have included lots of greens which help to gently cleanse your system, lemon which is high in vitamin C and is anti bacterial and anti fungal, ginger which adds heat and will benefit your digestive system and apple which adds sweetness and vitamins. Cucumber and celery have a high water content making them really hydrating which is super important when we spending alot of time in doors and partying. Adding some leafy greens and herbs boost the chlorophyll content which will aid detox and give you a boost of nutrients. The greener you can make it the better!
Even though local and seasonal produce isn’t as abundant at this time of year as during the summer, there are some foods which are at their best right now which are brilliant for adding into your diet as much as possible. These include all citrus, which is at it’s peak right now. Look out for blood oranges and juicy Clementine which come into season right now. Kale, the king of leafy greens is also at its best right now. It’s high in fibre, vitamins and minerals and can be eaten raw when shredded and marinaded in a salad. Persimmons, are so delicious and make up for the lack of juicy fruits in winter. Winter squashes are so tasty and can be added to stews, roasts and soups for an anti-oxident rich meal. Remember to try and eat as much locally grown produce as you can and look to get a range of colours into your meal.
I believe in balance which is why I love to treat my body to a super-boosting green juice as well as some of my favourite Booja-Booja Truffles, especially when I am giving alot of my energy to others am feeling burned out. I hope that you enjoy this recipe and make the time to treat your body well this month and beyond.
Super Green Juice Recipe
Makes 500ml, enough for 2 portions or lots to sip on throughout the day.
4 sticks of celery
1/2 lemon, outer peel removed
1 ” ginger
1 handful leafy greens (spinach/ kale/ parsley/ mint)
Wash your produce and cut into slices which will fit into a juicer. Run everything through a juicer. If you do not have a juicer, you can use a high powered blender by blending everything with enough water to make it blend into a thick ‘smoothie’. Pour the mixture through a cheesecloth or nut-milk bag until all of the juice has come through the cloth and you are left with just the pulp. Store any left overs in a jar in the fridge and drink within 24 hours.
For more nourishing, nurturing recipes and ideas visit www.nurturingkitchen.co.uk