You might call this a smoothie... But it feels much more like a creamy, dreamy milkshake. It's a great snack to boost energy levels or, if you're feeling adventurous, a crazy looking dessert. This is a practical way to increase your antioxidant intake to support inflammation, detoxification, anti-aging, skin health, fatigue, and fat loss. Really, anything you're looking to improve about your health.
In a high-speed blender, add 100g frozen berries, 75g-100g frozen spinach, 4 pitted dates (more if additional sweetness is desired), 20g flaxseed oil, roughly 1/2 tsp fresh turmeric root, and roughly 1 tsp fresh ginger root (optional). Add just enough water so that the blender will operate. Blend on high until creamy and all the ingredients are liquidised. Enjoy!
This creamy, refreshing deliciousness is inspired by a raw vegan shop in London, called Rawligion. I'm not ashamed to admit that I became just a tad addicted to their amazing cold drip coffee mixed with what they call Brain Mylk, a nut milk made from walnuts (the vitamin E in walnuts is great for brain health). This is definitely a treat but a much better choice than a typical latte or Frappucino with its dairy and sugar. Cold brewing coffee also means it is much less acidic, which is better for the teeth and stomach and makes it taste less bitter and a bit sweeter. (It may or may not have the same amount of antioxidants and phytonutrients as hot brewed, however.) You can even make a big batch and store it in the fridge for a few days. Most instructions for cold brewing coffee involve leaving it for 12-24 hours, but I've never found this necessary. I also often use water-decaffeinated beans to avoid the caffeine hit.
Add 4 tablespoons (30g) ground coffee to a French press or cafetière. Pour in 250ml cold water and stir with a spoon. Let sit for 10 minutes, then strain and pour into a high speed blender. Add 20g walnuts, 25g pitted dates (3-4), and 150g ice (about 1 cup). Blend on high until creamy. If you want to be fancy, strain through a nut milk bag or sieve. I always skip this, though!
makes two 200ml servings
Every morning needs a brilliant routine to kick the day off right, and this tea is it. Rehydrate, replenish the liver, and supply a healthy dose of antioxidants to combat the day's coming stresses. It's also yummy and delightful any time you're in need of a pep-up throughout the day. A little trick: I add the lemon juice at the end of the process rather than the beginning to conserve as much of its vitamin C as possible.
In a teapot, combine 1 litre boiling water, 1/2 tsp grated ginger root, and 1/2 tsp grated turmeric root. (Or use pieces of ginger and turmeric root that are roughly the size of your thumbnail, which will create about 1/2 tsp each grated root.) Let steep for 5 minutes, then add the juice of 1/2 large lemon. Roughly slice the lemon peel and add to the pot. If desired, strain before serving. Enjoy!
makes 1 litre
This special treat has become a Christmas tradition in my family now that we're all grown up... But not that we're mature! We giggle the whole time, acting as if this fortified mulled wine is just an innocent Christmas tea. Speaking of mulled wine, I vastly prefer this version to the traditional red. Much lighter, less sugar, and more delicious! You can really use just about anything for the mulling spices, so if you don't have the full list of spices in my recipe, that's quite alright. The citrus, fresh ginger root and spices infuse the wine with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. I'm not saying this makes the drink healthy, exactly... Just as healthy as possible.
In a saucepan, combine 1 bottle white wine (Riesling works great for this), the juice and peel of 1 orange, the juice and peel of 1/2 lemon, and 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh ginger root. You can add the further spices either directly to the wine (in which case, you'll need to strain it before serving) or place the spices into a cheesecloth or tea steeper and then place into the wine. For the spices: 1 tablespoon total of cinnamon stick pieces, cardamom, cloves, allspice berries, and mace. Place over medium heat until very hot (but make sure it doesn't boil). Immediately turn off the heat, cover, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Add honey to taste (about 3-4 tablespoons) and 1/4 cup (65ml) Cointreau (optional). Serve in teacups!
makes six 125ml (1/2 cup) servings
This little beauty will get you going! It's also excellent for soothing sore throats and coughs. The magical combination of lemon, ginger, turmeric, and coconut oil. It'll cure whatever ails you or pep you up big time if you're feeling low on energy.
In a high-speed blender, combine 250ml boiling water, one knuckle-sized piece of fresh ginger root, 1/8 of a large lemon (including peel), 2 tsp coconut oil, and a pinch of ground turmeric or a very small slice fresh turmeric root. If you would like a little sweetness, also add 1/4 apple. Blend on high speed until smooth, then leave to steep for 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can grate all of the ingredients (juice the lemon) and whisk together with the coconut oil if you don't have access to a blender. Strain into a lovely mug to remove all the fibers, and enjoy!
Sometimes, I miss ice cream so much it hurts. It makes it hard to remember (or care) just how bad all that incrediblely delicious sugar and cream is for the body. This recipe helps me stay true to my health goals without giving up or going without. Luscious strawberries are combined with nut milk and cashews instead of cream and dairy milk, while dates replace the sugar. This is one milkshake that you can enjoy! It makes an amazing accompaniment to a bunless burger with salad. Classic.
In a blender, combine 1 cup almond milk, 2 dates, 1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract), and 30g (1 medium handful) cashews. Blend on high until creamy. Slowly add 1 cup frozen strawberries (about 150g), adding more almond milk, if needed. Blend until creamy and thick, but not too thick. Add another date if additional sweetness is required.
makes 2 medium shakes or one large shake.
Food as medicine. If you have aching, painful joints or clicky knees, try adding this smoothie to your daily routine for 14 days. It contains key phytonutrients from turmeric, ginger, chili, flax oil, and lemon to calm inflammation and pain and supplies raw building blocks from collagen, cruciferous vegetables, chili, and lemon to rebuild joints, tendons, and ligaments. (Bonus: you'll also boost detoxification and improve your skin!)
In a high-speed blender, combine 50g (two big handfuls) kale leaves, 1 stalk celery, 75g (1 handful) cucumber, 1/2-1 tsp ground turmeric, 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, 1/4-inch piece fresh red chili, 2 Tbsp collagen powder (try Great Lakes grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen), 1 Tbsp flax seed oil, and 250-500ml water (half as ice for a chilled version). Blend on high until smooth, then add juice of 1/2 lemon at the end. (Vitamin C is delicate and destroyed by the friction of blending.) Optionally, add 1 small apple or 10 grapes before blending for a small amount of sweetness and extra antioxidants.
If you find it tough to get in 9 servings of vegetables a day--which is the minimum genetic requirement for many of my clients--blended green juices are an incredible shortcut to achieve your needs. The ruby red colour in this comes from the incredible detoxification, cardiovascular superhero, beets!
In a high-speed blender, combine 1 large handful leafy greens (like lettuce, spinach, or kale), 1 small piece fresh ginber root, 1 large handful chopped cucumber, 1/4 small beet, juice of 1/2 lemon, and about 200ml water and/or a handful of ice. Blend on high until smooth.
Perfect for a hot day! Simple to make, super hydrating, refreshingly delicious with the subtle flavours of fresh lime and infused basil.
In a glass container, combine 1 litre cold still water, juice of one lime, and one large stalk fresh basil. Optionally, add 15-20 drops liquid stevia for a slight sweetness. Pour into a glass over ice. (Also excellent with a cheeky splash of vodka!)
This simple pick-me-up is perhaps the best kept secret in my nutrition arsenal. When you need a boost, it's there for you in a way that coffee, soda, or sweet treats never can be. Those things will always leave us feeling empty and worn out in the end, but a blended green juice provides nourishment that helps us regain real energy and vitality. It's wonderful in the morning as a sneaky way to get in 3 servings of vegetables, for a post-workout hit of antioxidants to aid recovery, or in the afternoon when you're feeling tired. And it's way better than juice because it retains the fibre alongside the nutrients, but by using a high-speed blender, the cell walls are cracked open to release all those nutrients and increase their absorption.
In a blender, combine 30g (1 large handful) spinach or Swiss chard, 100g cucumber (1 large handful chopped), 1 large chopped celery stalk, 250ml cold water, 1 handful ice (or alternatively, a bit more water), and juice of 1/4-1/2 lemon or lime or a sprig of fresh mint or basil (optional). Blend on high until very smooth. Enjoy!