The weather this summer is very thirsty work, and with Wimbledon and the World Cup looming, we all need a thirst quencher to slake our thirst before we start the celebrations.
Whenever friends and family are around, I make this big Jug of Summer from the herbs outside the back door. I make it a few hours beforehand, or leave it overnight in the fridge, so the taste of the lemon balm and mint really does come through.
Put a large sprig of lemon balm and mint in a jug. (You could also use lemon grass.)
Fill two thirds with water.
Add 6-10 thin slices of cucumber, half a lemon (thinly sliced) and squeeze in the rest of the juice.
If you like a little sweetness add a dash of elderflower cordial.
Leave to steep for a few hours.
Top up with ice before serving.
And if you haven’t heard about the magical effects of cucumber water, may I present Macka B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVfNrNcvlto
After a long week of New Year celebrations, Daniel and I were keen to get ahead on 2018 and do a full de-clutter of the house – re-arranging furniture, hoovering behind things and taking stuff to the charity shop. I had a horrible cold, and we had both over indulged at Daniel’s dad’s house earlier in the week. Needless to say – we were both feeling pretty tired and needed a serious energy boost to get the productive weekend we had in mind off to a good start. Enter my Green Energy Juice. Packed with nutritious dark green plants (full of mood lifting B-Vits) and metabolism-boosting spices, this high-protein juice delivered the kick-up-the-butt that our minds, bodies and digestive systems needed.
300ml pressed Clementine Juice (can use orange or another fruit. Pineapple is great too.)
Half a cucumber, chopped into chunks (organic if possible)
Kale (I love the frozen balls you can get in supermarkets these days)
Ginger (fresh or frozen into cubes)
Large pinch of Black pepper (freshly ground)
1 whole Red chilli (optional)
2 Tablespoons of vegan protein powder (I use Pulsin Protein)
2 Teaspoons of Powdered Spirulina
Pour the juice into a high-performance juice blender (NOT a juicer as it removes too much of the nutritious fibre from the veggies).
Add the veg and spices, and a few cubes of ice if you like it really cold. Blend the whole lot for about 30 seconds. This makes enough for two people, so share between two glasses and feel the instant benefits of this delicious juice.
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