I’m feeling so spring-like at the moment , I can’t believe how quickly the year is going and I’m so excited for all the fun stuff we’ve got planned (both for the blog and personally) for the rest of the year! One of the nicest things about this milder weather is being able to get outside more; I’m a firm believer in the healing powers of fresh air (although I always try to remember our umbrellas – you can never be too sure in this country) and baby H and I love nothing more than a weekend stroll in the park or lunch in the garden.I also believe very much in eating and drinking seasonally, not only for environmental and sustainable purposes but also for health reasons – the traditional practice of Ayurveda teaches that in hotter climates our bodies crave cooling foods in order to counteract the heat from our surroundings and therefore keep ourselves in balance. It makes though sense right? I don’t know about you but in the warmer months I’m much more likely to have a juice in the morning and salad for lunch whereas come winter I’m all about porridge and soups.
So now that it’s finally heating up again in the UK, I’ve been having loads more juices (some I’ve even managed to drink in the garden on sunnier days) and this carrot, apple, lemon and ginger juice is one of my new firm favourites. Not only is it super refreshing and tasty but it’s also so good for you too, especially if you’re feeling a little under the weather as it’s a real treat for the immune system.
Carrots are really great for the immune system as well as containing beta-carotene (which gets turned into vitamin A) which helps with anti-ageing, glowing skin and eye health. Ginger is also immune-boosting as well as anti-inflammatory and can reduce fever, cleanse the body of toxins and help relieve nausea. Apples are packed with antioxidants and help regulate your blood sugar and lemons flush out toxins, strengthen the immune system and are great for getting rid of throat infections.
- 2 apples, cored and chopped into quarters
- 4 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1cm long piece of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 1/2 cups water
If you have a juicer, you can make this by simply popping in the ingredients, turning it on and letting it do its juicy magic. If you don’t have a juice however but you do have a blender, just blend the ingredients for a minute or so until they are totally liquid, then pour through a tea strainer or nut bag into your glass to get rid of all the pulp.
Love, Mrs H xx