Springtime and the warm season are finally here. It’s time to bring out the barbeque, dust off the patio furniture and start enjoying the great outdoors again! And it’s also time to shake off the cold-weather “blahs” and re-energize now that the days are longer and weather more inviting.
The recipes below can help shake off the wintertime blues. They are all based on fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that can naturally boost energy levels (and immune systems!) and have anyone back on their feet in no time! The fact that they are absolutely delicious makes it all the easier to shake off the fatigue!
The Green Machine
- 1 handful of kale
- 2 green apples
- 2 green pears
- 1 cucumber
Add to juicing machine and juice together. Can be refrigerated or drunk at room temperature.
There are many things that make this juice so healthy – and good for energy levels. Kale is chock-full of iron, vitamins and minerals and antioxidants that can bolster immunity and put a little spring back in the step. The pears and apples also have pectin, a special kind of fiber that aids digestion, cleanses the bloodstream of toxins and gets the body ready for the spring!
The Magenta Bliss
- 6 carrots, peeled
- 4 fresh beets, peeled
- 2 red apples
- A small piece of ginger root
- A pinch of turmeric (optional)
Peel the vegetables as directed, then add to juicing machine and juice together. This is best drunk chilled.
This drink will have energy levels boosted in no time. Beets have a natural sugar which will get the body pepped up, while its high fiber content keeps that energy levels from crashing. Beets are also packed with compounds called anthocyanins which give them their dark color and are powerful antioxidants. Ginger and turmeric also have antioxidant properties, as well as being able to reduce inflammation throughout the body and make it easier to fight off infections.
- I cup crushed lavender
- 1-2 leaves of mint
- Honey to taste
- Lemon to taste
- A pinch of ginger powder
Boil a small amount of water in a saucepan. Add honey to taste once water is boiling. Add lavender, stir, and boil for a minute then add mint leaves and boil several minutes longer until pungent. Add a pinch of ginger powder, then strain out leaves and pour into a glass pitcher. Chill in refrigerator then serve over ice with lemon juice or lemon wedges to taste.
Many people do not think of lavender as a culinary herb and associate it instead with aromatherapy. Actually, it is good for both. The same potent compounds in the lavender essential oils make it an excellent pick-me-up because of their strong antioxidant properties. Honey is a great form of sugar, because although it breaks down fairly quickly in the body, it does bring with it a wealth of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
So give these drinks a try today. They are easy to make and great for the health. And they will make it easier to get energy levels back to normal after the winter and to get the most out of the spring and summertime.
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