At the time of writing (May 2015) I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to Vancouver Island. I was working with the most beautiful group on retreat and my role was to provide nourishing, conscious cuisine all week long. I was in my element doing what stirs my soul. It was all quite magical.
And then there was the long haul travel. Definitely not my forte! Hits me like a sledge hammer; sending me into an ungrounded, confused spin as my body clock turned right around to the other side of the globe. Being cramped in a seat, surrounded by 300 other people, breathing recycled air for 10 hours didn’t do any favours either. Upon arrival we quickly tracked down a cafe that sold freshly pressed organic juices. Fabulous! There is nothing quite like a fresh veggie juice to revitalise a tired and worn body. This type of thing can work wonders. It gives the body a rapid infusion of support and helps to balance you back out again. I grabbed fresh organic juices along the way, wherever they were available.
The journey home was more challenging. Two hours after being home (after 24 hours of continuous boats, planes and buses), I felt really woozy. My immune system seemed out of wack from sleep deprivation too. So, yesterday morning, all bleary-eyed, I grabbed my back pack and headed down to the local organic market stall, stocking up on a heap of fresh vegetables. I picked some dandelion leaves and kale from my garden too; and made the most lush immune boosting super juice. This made the world of difference, helping my system to restablise and ground again. Every ingredient is loaded with antioxidants, phyto-nutrients and vitamins, each with a unique and supportive role of it’s own…
Here’s what I put in it and why:
Beetroot – has a powerful way of helping us to detox whilst giving us an increase in physical endurance at the same time. Yes! Beetroot is high in glutathione, polyphenols and betalains, which all have excellent antioxidant properties. It also increases oxygen flow in the blood, allowing the blood to flow with greater ease. Check out my article all about the health benefits of beetroot here: The health benefits of beetroot
Celery is great for joint and muscle health, which is a perfect remedy when you feel you are starting to cease up after sitting cramped in a seat for far to long. It’s well known for helping to reduce blood pressure and is full of fancy sounding antioxidant compounds like flavonols, flavones, phenolic acids and furanocoumarins. Find out more about celery and it’s benefits here: Celery’s superfood health benefits
Kale is an amazing vegetable! Per gram, it gives us over 16% more calcium than cow’s milk and over twice as much vitamin C than oranges. As well as hosting a power house full of vitamins and minerals, it also has a whole bunch of beneficial healing properties. Numerous studies suggest that kale is high in anti-oxidants and has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
Dandelion greens have a myriad of awesome properties, including their diuretic ability to flush out your system. They are great for stagnant fluid retention and detoxification of any nasties that you might have picked up along the way. For more info about dandelions check out my article here: All about dandelions and their health benefits
Cucumber is an excellent re-hydration aid which works well after long haul flights. Cucumber is known for flushing out toxins whilst supplying a myriad of skin-friendly and rejeuvenational vitamins and minerals.
Apple works as an excellent juice friendly sweetener. It is full of polyphenols, which have been shown to help the body regular blood sugar levels. It’s an all round supporter of health and I love to add it to my veggie juices.
Carrot also gently sweetens the juice, helping to balance the more bitter greens. Amidst it’s many benefits the humble carrot is a great source of vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6 and minerals biotin, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Ginger has exceptional antioxidant content. It’s an excellent remedy for nausea (perfect for that woozy jet lag feeling!). Ginger also promotes healthy circulation and helps to keep you warm (ideal when you are sleep deprived and adjusting to a colder climate after travel). Big YES for ginger!
For a more in-depth article about the health benefits of ginger check out my article here:
10 reasons we should eat more ginger
Garlic is a disease fighting superstar. Some people might struggle with garlic in juice, although it works wonders if you are fighting off bugs or any sort of cough or cold that you may have picked up along the way. I just put a small clove in there – not wanting it to over power all of the other flavours. This juice works well without garlic too, although I like to include it at times for an extra blitz of any nasties.
- 1 small beetroot
- 8 celery stalks
- 4 large kale leaves
- Half a cucumber
- 1 medium apple
- 1 medium carrot
- Small bunch of dandelion greens
- 1 to 2 cm cubed of ginger
- Small clove of garlic (optional)
- Small handful of parsley (optional)
- Chop the veggies into the appropriate size for your juicer funnel.
- Chop the ginger into tiny pieces and be sure to feed it through at the same time as the harder veggies (like celery, beets or carrot).
- Feed everything through juicer and compost the pulp.
- This is best enjoyed right away, although it will keep in the fridge, in a sealed jar for 24 hours.
For lots of deliciously healthy salads go here: Healthy salad ideas