Ultimate Germ Juice

Ultimate Germ Juice

So this is a cold and flu recipe to end all cold and flu recipes! I posted the original Germ Juice recipe here some years ago, and it was already a winner. Handed down through generations of Naturopaths it has a wonderfully soothing effect on sore throats, is a brilliant decongestant for clogged sinuses, and in the event you have the flu – it’s exceptional at relieving those awful body aches that come with it. The original recipe is ideal for children, or those with a sensitive palate. But if you’re an adult and think you can handle it – this is next level. Ingredients 2 cups of water 2 lemons – quartered A bulb of garlic – turn bulb on it’s side and cut in half – splitting each clove 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar 1/2 inch of ginger root, finely grated 1/4 inch of turmeric root, finely grated 2 drops of Thyme essential oil* (therapeutic grade only!) A pinch of cayenne pepper   Method Into a pot place the water, lemons, garlic, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper. Cover with a lid, bring it to the boil, then simmer for 12 minutes. Add the ginger and turmeric root and simmer, lid on, for another 3 minutes. Remove pot from the stove and dispense 2 drops of Thyme essential oil and stir well. Strain the mixture, and drink as hot as is comfortable and safe.     This brew actually tastes better than it sounds like it will. But, you may add honey to taste if you wish. I recommend Comvita UMF 15+ Manuka Honey. It is more expensive than regular...
Breakfast in a Cup – The Green Smoothie

Breakfast in a Cup – The Green Smoothie

So over summer I’ve switched up my brekkie routine somewhat. Along with my regular Whey Less smoothies, I’ve been enjoying green smoothies as well!  If you haven’t tried a green smoothie yet, I highly recommend you do! It’s a great way to get extra fruit and veg into your day – and it’s a wonderful way to wake up and start off on a healthy footing (not to mention they’re delicious and convenient!). There are innumerable variations of the green smoothie, and I’ll share with you exactly how to come up with your own perfect creation. But first – let’s take a look at my go-to, everyday recipe!   My Green Smoothie 100 ml of chilled, filtered water 125 ml coconut water 1 tsp coconut oil 1 scoop of Whey Less Natural*** 1/2 banana (frozen pieces** – this gives the smoothie a beautiful, ice-cold, creamy thickshake texture) 1/2 mango (frozen pieces**) A good handful of spinach (the green bit!) 1/2 tsp vitamin C powder (this boosts the vitamin C and antioxidant levels in my smoothie. I use this one because it’s a brilliant formula and it adds a fruity, zingy flavour – YUM!) 2 tsp greens powder (this is a nice, added extra that supercharges my smoothie. I use this one because it contains over 34 organic ingredients that include nettle, spirulina, alfalfa, kale, fermented flaxseed/quinoa/lentils and kakadu plum, maca, beetroot, mesquite, acai, pomegranate, and probiotics AND herbals antioxidants green tea and rosemary!!) Green Smoothie Basics If making one feels a little intimidating, please don’t let it put you off. There are no hard and fast rules to how these things should go but a great formula...
Breakfast in a Cup

Breakfast in a Cup

Frozen Raspberry Vanilla Frappe For quite some time I have been obsessed with my Banana, Cinnamon and Oat Smoothie and I’ve found it hard to choose something else for brekkie but this morning I got up and the last banana was beyond brown and I had to go for something else. Overdue for supermarket shopping I found my options were somewhat limited, but I always keep frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries and strawberries) in the freezer so that’s where I turned. This smoothie is ridiculously quick and easy, and on a day like today when the weather was quite balmy – so yummy and refreshing!!   Recipe 150 ml of chilled, filtered water* 25 ml organic cream (Yup, you read that right. Cream. I will explain later**) 1 1/2 scoops of Whey Less French Vanilla*** 1/2 cup frozen raspberries Blend, blend and blend! If you’ve read my earlier recipe forgive me for repeating myself here, ignore the rest of this article, and enjoy your smoothie – but for anyone who is scratching their head, read on. Notes: * about the chilled, filtered water. I am personally not a fan of ice-cold drinks but typically smoothies are made with milk cold from the fridge. Omitting this and using room temperature water means it can be a bit tepid and meh. So the chilled water gives the smoothie the right mouth feel and flavour. ** about the organic cream. I do sometimes make my smoothies using straight milk (organic of course) but when you use this blend of water and cream you end up with roughly the same amount of fat but half the sugar content. This is a nifty little option...
Germ Juice

Germ Juice

Aaaa…choo! Right now we’re going through that awkward weather phase where Summer teases us with a balmy little appetiser before Winter sends us an arctic reminder it’s not quite done yet. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been caught unprepared for the elements several times where a sunshiny morning has lulled me into a false sense of security (and winter layer defiance). I think that, coupled with having an awful lot on my plate the last couple of months, means my system has been a little vulnerable until finally…. I have woken with a pesky cold. Boo.     My Cold & Flu Kit Echinamide – this powerful Echinacea formula is one I rely on and recommend. I am using an acute dose of 4 capsules 4 times a day Zinc lozenges – right now the post-nasal drip I have (charming.. I know) is murdering my throat. It hurts to swallow. It hurts to cough. It hurts to talk. Sad face. The form of zinc in these lozenges (gluconate) is not the most absorbable gut-wise (amino acid chelate is the winner there) but it is the best for topical application and absorption through the buccal mucosa (the soft mucous membranes of your mouth and throat) and thus directly works on the affected tissues I regularly recommend both of these for the treatment of simple, uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections. I also recommend Germ Juice. Sounds hideous I know. And when you look at the ingredient list you may be inclined to think awful things. But I promise this tastes 79.3%* better than it sounds like it will. Ingredients This...
Breakfast in a Cup

Breakfast in a Cup

Banana, Cinnamon and Oat Smoothie I’m not a morning person. At least not Monday through Friday when I’m trying to fit 16 hours of work into 10, along with a social life. So when I’ve hauled myself out of bed and woken my mind and body with some exercise – this is one of my go-to, 60-second breakfasts.What I love about this smoothie is it really feels like a full breakfast in a cup – great texture, divine fragrance, tastes delicious and it’s super filling. For those of you equally time and/or energy-strapped in the morning let’s cut to the chase! My Recipe 150 ml of chilled, filtered water* 25 ml organic cream (Yup, you read that right. Cream. I will explain later**) 1 1/2 scoops of Whey Less French Vanilla*** 1/2 banana 2 tsp oats A dash or 2 of cinnamon Blend the begeesus out of it. Drink. Enjoy. Run out the door and have a fabulous day! Notes: * about the chilled, filtered water. I am personally not a fan of ice-cold drinks but typically smoothies are made with milk cold from the fridge. Omitting this and using room temperature water means it can be a bit tepid and meh. So the chilled water gives the smoothie the right mouth feel and flavour. ** about the organic cream. I do sometimes make my smoothies using straight milk (organic of course) but when you use this blend of water and cream you end up with roughly the same amount of fat but half the sugar content. This is a nifty little option to reduce the carbohydrate load of any...