I've decided to do something a bit different and chat about some awesome recipes and products that I'd love to introduce you to!
1. Apple, lemon and ginger juice
With hayfever season upon us, many of us are suffering from runny noses and itchy eyes. I'd resigned myself to feeling terrible every summer, but I've actually seen a huge improvement in my allergy symptoms for the past couple of years. I attribute that partly to my switch to a plant-based diet, but I’ve also found that having an apple, lemon and ginger juice every morning has made me feel much better - the fiery fresh ginger helps to get rid of the horrible fuzzy feeling in my head and really clear blocked sinuses.
Here’s the juicer I use - it’s been super reliable, and it's a "slow juicer" which helps extract more nutrients from the fruits and vegetables. Plus, the hole at the top is pretty, large which means you don't have to chop up your fruit and veg too small, making the whole process quicker and easier. And, I love it because it also has a frozen attachment that you can use to make instant, super-healthy sorbet using any frozen fruit or vegetables you like, which is perfect for summer!
I’ve posted some summery dessert recipes on my blog recently, like this Lemon Pie, Coconut Cream Pie and Lemon Curd. I’ve used custard powder for all of these recipes and many of you have been asking me about where I got it.
I used this custard powder as it's naturally vegan and gluten-free, and contains no added sugar. I love that it's made with just a few simple ingredients, and it's cheap and easy to use too. Plus, it tastes so delicious you won't believe it doesn't contain any eggs or dairy!
3. Fresh turmeric smoothies
As I suffer from a chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease called ulcerative colitis, I'm always on the lookout for anti-inflammatory foods. Turmeric is a popular anti-inflammatory ingredient, and whilst I always used to use ground turmeric, when they started selling fresh turmeric at my local supermarket I thought I'd give it a try...
- I used it to make a curry, but found the flavour way too strong
- I used it to make a juice, but it stained my juicer
- I grated it and steeped it in hot water to make tea, but my teapot and grater got strained plus the flavour was too strong for me again
...but I finally lucked out when I used it to make smoothies!
Nowadays, I have a turmeric smoothie every morning, which I make using:
- a knob of fresh turmeric
- any seasonal fruit
- a generous swig of nut milk
The sweetness of the fruit and the mildness of the nut milk takes the edge off the fresh turmeric and makes it filling too! I sometimes like to add pea protein powder for extra nutrients.
I recommend using a hand-held stick blender for minimal staining and just because they're easier to wash! Here's my favourite hand-held stick blender.
4. What’s coming up
I’m going to be spending June making fruity, summery desserts (hello, blueberries!), and look forward to experimenting with vegan gluten-free bread recipes like naan, pretzels and pizza, as well as learning how to use coconut flour to make nut-free cakes, cookies and pancakes!
Let me know if you’d be interested in more posts like this - would you like to see more food/cooking-related favourites, or is there anything else you'd like? Hope you all have a wonderful June!
And here's a random photo of a magical place I recently discovered on a walk!
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