{My juice remedy and my February Foodie Picks}

I was telling the boy the other day how I couldn’t remember the last time I was sick…and then a few days later, I started to feel under the weather and my throat started to hurt..Go figure..

My typical “fight off a cold” routine includes:
  • Waking up with a cup of hot water with fresh squeezed lemon and honey or an herbal tea
  • Mixing Emergen-C into my water (one in the morning, one in the afternoon)
  • Hot ginger tea before bed (freshly grated ginger and hot water)
  • Getting a good night’s sleep!

Another way I fight a cold is to make a batch of juices to supplement my lunch and dinner to help my body get the nutrients it needs to recover quickly. I’m trying to be more diligent this year with getting in a regular routine of juicing since it’s great way to help me get back on track when I feel like I haven’t been eating as well as I’d like to or if I’m not feeling as energetic as I normally am. Here are the yummy organic ingredients that went into my juice this time around.

  • pineapple
  • ambrosia apples
  • ruby red grapefruit
  • fresh mint
  • limes
  • lemons
  • cucumber
  • celery
I am not a fan of those typical green juices as I find it hard to get past the “green” taste. My solution to this is to combine mild greens like cucumber and celery with sweet juicy fruits for a refreshing and “make you wanna drink it” combo.
Here is a run down of the nutritional benefits in the mix:
  • Celery: Excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, calcium, sodium, folic acid, vitamins B6 & B1. Celery may help lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and prevent cancer by promoting detoxification. Celery juice is a great electrolyte replacement post-workout.
  • Cucumbers: High water composition makes cucumbers a low-calorie vegetable. Very good source of vitamins C & A, folic acid and minerals including silica (strengthens our connective tissue), potassium and magnesium.
  • Lemons and Limes: Excellent source of vitamin C, A, B6, potassium, magnesium, folic acid and flavonoids. The phytochemical limonene found in the white spongy inner parts of the lemon, has shown anticancer activities. They help to aid in digestion and are alkaline forming.
  • Apples: Great source of vitamin C, pectin, other fibers and potassium. This low-glycemic fruit, can help lower cholesterol levels and because of the soluble fiber, pectin, aids in eliminating waste from the gastrointestinal tract. Apples also are high in the flavonoid, quercetin, which has shown strong antiallergy properties and fights heart disease.
  • Grapefruit: Great source of water-soluble fibers, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids, and folic acid. Grapefruit’s pectin content has been shown to be cholesterol-lowering. This fruit also helps regulate red blood cell count (hematocrit levels) and fight anemia. The high levels of the carotene lycopene found in grapefruit also help prevent cancer.
  • Mint: This aromatic plant is a wonderful digestant. It relaxes the smooth muscle relieving gastrointestinal discomfort and gas. Rich in the antioxidant, rosmarinic acid, and the cancer inhibiting, perillyl alcohol, mint has vast health benefits.
  • Pineapple: Acts like a digestive as well as a natural anti-inflammatory fruit. It contains a group of sulfur that help in digestion. It helps to speed tissue repair and reduces blood clotting and aids in removing plaque from the arterial walls.
In other news, some recent foodie purchases that I’m lovin lately…
Laura Santinni’s Taste #5 Umami paste – Made of a puree of tomato, garlic, anchovy paste, black olives, balsamic vinegar, porcini mushrooms, parmesan cheese, olive oil and just a touch of sugar and salt. You can squeeze it into sauces, gravies, risottos, pastas, soups and stews for an added depth of flavour. You can also smear it on fish, meat or vegetables.
I added some of this to our weekend dinner of orrechiette pasta with tomato, kale and chicken chorizo and it was amazing 🙂
I recently cashed in my $20 for $40 worth of groceries coupon at Inglewood’s Bite Groceteria. I love browsing through this store, it’s such a great source of inspiration for my cooking. I picked up some items from their spice section including some ground anise (for a future biscotti recipe) , black hawaiian salt (for an appie idea in the works) and honey chipotle dust (a sweet and spicy powder I can add to a rub, added to root vegetables or in hummus!).
Another of my favourite stores in Inglewood is the The Silk Road Spice Merchant. They have a huge selection of high quality spices, herbs, chiles and seasonings from around the world. I am a total cinnamon addict, so I was super excited to pick up this Vietnamese Saigon Cassia Cinnamon. It has the highest oil content of all cinnamons, so it is the most spicy and pungent by far. I’ve tried a variety of other cinnamons and this is definitely my favourite. I also picked up a bottle of Red Alder Smoked Sea Salt to add to my ever growing collection of flavoured salts. A premium smoked sea salt made that is 100% natural, solar evaporated, and gathered off the coast of California. It is naturally roasted over red alder wood, which produces a strong smoky flavour, perfect for a variety of meat and vegetable dishes. Don’t live in Calgary? No worries, you can shop on their website online too 🙂
My other addiction is ginger (hence the name in my blog). I am in love with the Ginger People products, so when I saw this spread, I knew I had to try it. What I love about this is that it has only two ingredients: sweet baby ginger and cane sugar. I’ve been enjoying this stirred into a bowl of morning steel cut oats, a spoonful melted into a cup of hot water and lemon before bed, spread on buttered multi seed toast. It’s delicious as a topping on creamy vanilla ice cream with cacao nibs or spread onto a piece of aged white cheddar on a slice of baguette for an appie. Add it to apples on pork chops, glazed over roasted carrots, stirred into greek yogurt. This is my new pantry must have.
As I was shopping at Casel Marche the other day, I came upon a sample of this served alongside sliced baguette. Fleur d’ail or fermented garlic flowers by Le Petit Mas, a company out of Quebec. This seasoning is made of 100% organic certified ingredients and are suspended in organic first cold-pressed sunflower oil.
The flavour is more mild than garlic, slightly sweet and has a delicious acidity from the fermentation process. It’s can be treated like a pesto on flatbreads or tossed with pasta. Spread onto seafood, added to dips or dressings, whipped into cream for lobsters or crab or stirred into mashed potatoes. It’s a little pricey at $12 a jar, but a little goes a long way so it’s definitely worth the money.
4 Responses to “{My juice remedy and my February Foodie Picks}”
  1. prairiesummers says:

    I love the Silk Road Spice Shop too. I just have to make sure my husband is not looking over my shoulder while I am ordering haha

  2. Coll says:

    Where did you get the ginger spread from?

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