Posts Tagged ‘vitamin C’

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RAINBOW SMOOTHIE

December 8, 2012

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Chard is actually a type of beet that has been bred to grow robust stalks with juicy leaves instead of thick roots, and in some parts of the word chard is known as silverbeet. Chard, just like spinach, can be eaten raw, lightly steamed or boiled, sauteed or stir fried.Rainbow chard, or “Bright Lights,” is a mixture of chard varieties with red, orange, yellow or white coloured stalks.

Like all green leafy vegetables, chard is low in both fat and calories, but rich in vitamins A and C, Calcium, Iron and fibre.

In this smoothie, I couple them with health boosting mixed berries, bananas for energy and hemp seed oil for healthy fats and to ensure optimum nutrients absorption. The superfoods are optional, but if you can, include them as they are great : the purple corn extract give us the purple in the rainbow, and adaptogens maca and suma help keep those hormones balanced.

Rainbow smoothie

Serves 2 (makes about 1 litre smoothie) :

(1 bag) about 200g rainbow chard

 about 350g fresh or frozen mixed berries

3 bananas

2 tbsp hemp seed oil

1 tsp maca (optional)

1/2 tsp suma (optional)

1/2 tsp purple corn extract (optional)

Blend everything together until perfectly smooth. You will get a fairly thick smoothie ; thin it to your preferred consistency with 1/4 cup water, fruit juice or nut / seed milk.

Enjoy

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ROSEHIP AND LEMON TEA

November 28, 2012

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The rose plant is very versatile. The rose flower will make any woman smile, and the very much edible fruit, the rose hip, can be used to make jam or herbal tea. Rose hips are sometimes brewed with hibiscus flower to make a delicious herbal tea.

Rose hips are particularly high in vitamin C. During World War II, the people of Britain were actually encouraged to make syrup from wild-grown rose hips for their children as Vitamin C supplement. This was because it was very difficult to get hold of citrus fruits imported from the tropics, as many commercial ships were destroyed.

Rose hips also contain plenty of lycopene, some vitamin A and B, essential fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.

This lemon – rose hip herbal tea combo will help prevent colds during the winter months.

Serves 1 (makes 1 litre) :

1 tbsp dried Rosehip powder

1 lemon, sliced thin

1 litre freshly boiled water

Put the rosehip and lemon slices in a 1 litre teapot. Pour the water and brew for at least 10 minutes. Sip hot or cold.

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GINGER HIBISCUS FLOWER TEA

November 25, 2012

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Hibiscus flower tea is a herbal tea consumed by people all around the world. It is an infusion made from the deep red petals of the Hibiscus flower and it can be drunk both hot and cold.

It is also referred to as bissap or wonjo in West Africa, sorrel in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and red sorrel in the wider Caribbean.

Hibiscus tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavour, and sugar is often added to sweeten the beverage.

In some areas the tea is made with a number of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg and is a traditional Christmas drink. The tea is thought to have been popular with the ancient Egyptians, and even today hibiscus tea is a traditional drink at Egyptian weddings.

Benefits of Hibiscus

  • The tea is packed with vitamin C and can help to fight the symptoms of colds and flu and strengthens the immune system. It has powerful antioxidant properties and can help to remove bacteria from the system. It is useful for preventing and fighting infections.
  • Hibiscus flowers contain high amounts of beneficial bio flavonoids (that give them their intense crimsom colour) that protect cells from free radicals damage.
  • The tea is a mild diuretic, which helps the body to expel toxins, and is often used to lower blood pressure. It can be beneficial for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • The tea is also of benefit to those who wish to lose weight, as it is thought to inhibit the body from absorbing too many carbohydrates.
  • Regular consumption of the tea can keep the body’s bladder function healthy and prevent constipation. It can help to keep the digestive system generally healthy and has a soothing effect on inflammation.
  • Note : While Hibiscus flower tea is very beneficial for PMS, due to its effect on the hormone function of the body (especially estrogens), it is best not to consume it during the first 3 months of pregnancy,  so as n ot to disturb the natural hormonal balance.

Serves 1 (makes 1 litre) :

1 handful dried Hibiscus flowers

1 handful fresh ginger root, cut into thin slivers

1 litre freshly boiled water

Put the hibiscus flowers and gringer root slivers in a 1 litre teapot. Pour the water and brew for at least 10 minutes.

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BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM SMOOTHIE / PUDDING

November 15, 2012

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This is a Vitamin C packed smoothie that is delicious everyday of the year, but that will particularly boost your immune system as the Autumn sets in and the days get gloomier and colder.

Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are native to China. If you don’t know goji berries yet, I am confident that once you discover them you will fall in love with them and will be adding them to everything, sweet and savoury, and struggling to keep your hands out of the bag, as they taste so good …

They look like little bright red raisins, but not as sweet and have a taste faintly reminiscent of pink bubble gum …

Said to increase longevity, goji berries are one of the richest sources of vitamin C on the planet – a handful when you are getting a cold could be just enough to make you well again – and probably the richest source of beta-carotene.

They contain all of the essential amino acids, as well as B vitamins, trace minerals and polysaccharides. Polysaccharides have been found to fortify the immune system.

Keep things simple and super sweet and couple goji with Vitamin C rich oranges.

If you want some of grapefruit’s goodness but you are not too keen on the bitter taste, use as little of the white part of the rind as possible.

If you do like the slight bitterness of grapefruit and the lovely tanginess of lemon, add them to have a full spectrum citrus goodness.

If you do use grapefruit, eat right away for a smoothie consistency. If allowed to stand, your smoothie will set, due to the pectin from the grapefuit rind (also rich in citrus bioflavonoids).

Add anti-viral and anti bacterial ginger and turmeric and you get a super hero that will help you ward off colds.

For 2 (about 3 cups immune booster smoothie) :

2 oranges

2 pink grapefruits (if not using, just subsitute with 3 extra oranges)

1 lemon

1/4 cup goji berries

1 small piece (1 inch / 2,5 cm) piece fresh ginger root

1 small piece (1 inch / 2,5 cm) piece fresh turmeric root

Wash and prepare your citrus fruits by quartering them and removing the skin. Put the citrus flesh and everything else in the blender and blend until super smooth.

Eat right away if you are in the mood or a smoothie or allow to set to a beautiful pudding.

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RAW DEHYDRATED SALT VINEGAR AND BAOBAB KALE CHIPS RECIPE

November 10, 2012

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Baobab fruit powder is an exceptionally nutritious superfood from Africa.

The baobab is a truly remarkable tree. Said to live for a thousand years or more, baobabs dominate parts of the African landscape with their root-like branches and massive trunks that can reach 25 metres or more in circumference. One baobab tree in South Africa, known as ‘Big Baobab’, has a circumference of 47 metres and even a bar for 60 people inside the trunk !

The baobab is often called ‘the healing tree’ because sap, pulp, leaves and bark are used for medicine to treat as various conditions as toothache, asthma, colic, inflammations, insect bites and fatigue. The bark is widely used as a substitute for quinine to treat malarial fevers. Moreover, there is a strong belief that baobab trees house spirits which, if called upon, will help heal sickness, suffering and particularly infertility. For this reason, many stands of baobab trees have become sacred sites and places of worship.

The powder from the baobab fruit is an excellent source of the minerals potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium, an outstanding source of vitamin C, and a great source of B vitamins. It’s a fantastic antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is an effective prebiotic. It has a high pectin content, so you can use it as a thickener in recipes.

Baobab is also very rich in dietary fibre, which are beneficial for gut health, weight management and heart health. It contains 50% dietary fibre – 77% of which is soluble, and 23% insoluble. It is the dietary fibre that gives it the prebiotic effects.

And finally, it has a wonderful lemon sherbet flavour and is a natural flavour enhancer, so adds depth to any dish, sweet or savoury. I just had to put them in Kale chips, and I am pretty happy I did 🙂

Serves 4 or 2 or 1 …

400g Kale (I like to use green kale, but will perfectly work with any variety)

2  tbsp Olive oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp baobab fruit powder

1/2 tsp crystal salt or sea salt

Wash and spin dry the kale. Tear it into not too small pieces. First add the baobab and mix with your hands to distribute. Then add the oil, vinegar and salt, and mix again.

Evenly spread your seasoned kale onto 2 dehydrator trays lined with nonstick sheets and dehydrate at 42°C for about 12 hours or until crispy. Check halfway and then every few hours, trying not to eat it all. The time needed to dehydrate the kale until crispy varies, as it depends on the temperature and humidity levels around.

Enjoy

Stay Well and Happy,

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ROCKET SMOOTHIE

November 8, 2012

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Have this one for breakfast and it will leave you feeling like a sky rocket !!!

Rocket or arugula, also known as salad or garden rocket, is a nutritious leafy green vegetable that belongs to the brassiceae (cabbage) family like kale, mustard greens, cauliflower, broccoli … etc

Salad rocket is a low growing annual herb with elongated, lobular leaves with green veins. The young and tender leaves have a sweet nutty flavour with little peppery taste and develop a strong spicy peppery flavour as they mature.

Rocket is easy and quick to grow.  The leaves will be ready to harvest within about a month and a half and it’s creamy white flowers are edible.

  • As in other greens, rocket is has very little calories. 100 g of fresh leaves provides just 25 calories. Nonetheless, it has many vital phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can immensely benefit health.
  • Rocket salad is rich source of anti-cancer phytochemicals that have been found to counter carcinogenic effects of estrogen and thus help benefit against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer cell growth inhibition, cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.
  • Rocket is very good source of folates, particularly beneficial around conception. 100 g of fresh greens contain 97 mcg or 24% of folic acid.
  • Like kale, salad rocket is an excellent source of vitamin A. 100 g fresh leaves contain 1424 mcg of beta carotene and 2373 IU of vitamin A. Beta carotenes converts into vitamin A in the body. Studies found that vitamin A and flavonoid compounds in green leafy vegetables help protect from skin, lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • It is also rich in B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and pantothenic acid those are essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions.
  • Fresh rocket leaves contain good levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful, natural anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune system booster.
  • Salad rocket is one of the excellent vegetable sources for vitamin-K; 100 g provides about 90% of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin K promotes bone health. Vitamin K it also beneficial to atients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as it helps limit neuronal damage in the brain.
  • Arugula is a good source of minerals, especially copper and iron. In addition, it has small amounts of some other essential minerals and electrolytes such as calcium, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus.

For about 1 litre smoothie (serves 1 or 2) :

2 cups home-made kefir or coconut water or fresh pure water

4 big handfuls (about 75 to 100g) of fresh rocket

1 to 2 ripe bananas

1 tbsp maca (optional)

Blend everything together.

Enjoy and feel like a sky rocket !

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POMEGRANATE SUPERFOOD VEGAN MILK SHAKE AND HOW TO OPEN A POMEGRANATE

November 1, 2012

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Anyone who has ever eaten pomegranate seeds or drunk pomegranate juice knows how delicious and refreshing this peculiar fruit is. I first came accross pomegranate in India. Virtually every fruit salad I have had in my several trips to India came topped with pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate juice is also very popular in Turkey and all over the Middle East, where a refreshing drink is always welcome.

Pomegranate seeds are full of antioxidants, they are rich in Vitamin C and Potassium, and they taste absolutely wonderful.

Pomegranates can be a bit intimidating, though. The pomegranate is an intricate fruit containing a maze of seeds inside of a white inedible flesh that’s covered in a bark-like skin. This is an easy way to get to all those nutritious, sweet and juicy seeds :

  1. Cut off the crown (you’ll see it) and add it to your compost
  2. Score and slice the rind all around, but don’t cut the rind all the way through. You would be cutting the seeds and loosing precious juice
  3. Soak the pomegranate in cold water for about ten minutes if you can
  4. Leaving the pomegranate in the bowl of water, break apart the scored rinds, and remove the seeds from the flesh (the seeds will sink to the bottom of your bowl and the flesh will float)
  5. Remove the rind and membrane from the bowl (you can use a sieve or a colander)
  6. Drain the seeds (you can also pat dry with a paper towel if you want your seds perfectly dry)

Note: The red juice from pomegranates can stain ; this method will also avoid that.

Great as a snack, in a fruit salad or in a green salad. The pomegranate seeds contains smaller (in lack for a better word …) seeds that can be a challenge for some people. You can make a juice by blending the seeds in a high speed blender and straining if you like. It is a personal choice, but I prefer to keep the seeds (the small hard ones) for extra fibre and nutrition.

Here I associated whole pomegranate seeds to hemp milk, along with superfoods to create a very energising and sustaining milk shake, great for breakfast. Maca and suma are very powerful adaptogen, grest for everybody. We don’t eat enough of purple foods ; purple corn extract helps us eat foods from all colours of the rainbow, plus, it has plenty of antioxidants. Camu camu is very energising and is loaded with natural vitamin C.

To make about 2 litres milk shake :

1/4 cup whole hemp seeds

1 tbsp white chia seeds (regular chia seeds are perfectly fine, I use white when I don’t want the chia seeds to darken what ever I am making)

3 pomegranates (in the hot months, you may want to freeze your pomegranate seeds)

1 tbsp maca

1/2 tsp suma (brazilian ginseng)

1/2 tsp purple corn extract or 1 tbsp purple corn flour

1 tbsp camu camu

1+5 cups pure fresh water

Start by preparing your pomegranates as explained above or using your favourite technique. I prefer to keep the pomegranate seeds whole for extra fibre and nutrition. The milk shake will have some texture left, from the hard inner seeds in the pomegranates. If you do not want this and want your milkshake to have a silky smooth texture, blend the pomegranate seeds and strain using a very fine sieve or a nutmilk bag. Set the strained pomagranate juice aside and rinse the blender.

Then make a hemp milk concentrate by blending the whole hemp seeds with 1 cup water. Strain using a very fine sieve or a nutmilk bag and rinse out the blender.

Return the hemp milk concentrate to the blender, along with the pomagranate seeds (or the strained pomegranate juice), the superfoods and 5 cups water. Blend until smooth.

You get about 2 litres of beautiful pink superfood milkshake to enjoy with a loved one.

How do you open your pomegranates ? Do you have another method ?

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