2 small sweet potatoes – peeled and sliced
1 beetroot (I used yellow) – peeled and sliced
Half a bag of kale
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
1 pint of water
1 teaspoon seaweed salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 drops black pepper essential oil
2 drops basil essential oil
Pop all in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins and cool then blitz in a food processor.
Turmeric is a anti-inflammatory.
Beetroot have vit C and B vitamins (for energy)
Sweet potato are high in vitamin C
Kale rocks the C-vit, also has some B.
Black pepper and basil essential oils are great as they have a higher potency than the ground dried variety. Black pepper is a great anti-oxidant and basil is calming; stress is really bad for the immune system.
I am going to list a variety of autumnal foods that will boost you. Today we start with
I eat this almost daily. I eat sprouted oats as they are easier to digest (I use Rude Health). I add in unsweetened almond milk and a drop of cinnamon essential oil. Other options are to stir in nut butter, banana, blueberries or seeds. I sometimes stir in chia seed jam.
Oats are 3% protein so adding in nut butter or seeds (esp chia seeds) will boost its protein content and give more energy throughout the morning, seeing you more easily through to lunch. It’s a slow release carb and carbs will calm you allowing you to be more focussed. Blueberries are lovely when they heat and split, oozing purpley loveliness but other than making your porridge pretty they provide antioxidants.
Two boxes in one week is what! I am trying to decide between two veg box companies and thought I had got it sorted with skipping orders on alternate weeks. Apparently not since I had one on Tuesday and another on Wednesday. Ooops.
Well, since it is soup season and I have picked up this bug (and suspect I have kindly passed it onto my husband) I am looking for ways to counteract its effects, particularly the energy sapping ones.
So, here is todays vitamin and energy boosting soup
1 red onion
1 red pepper
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 leaves of cavolo nero (black kale) you can use any leafy green
A handful of cherry tomatoes
A pinch of garlic salt
Ground black pepper and rock salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
A cheeky shake of cayenne pepper
Brown the onion slow n low (I used garlic infused olive oil) and add in the deseeded and chopped pepper. Cook for five minutes and add in the peeled and chopped carrots. Cook for another five minutes and add in the sliced mushrooms and greens and all the seasoning. Pour in one pint of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for ten minutes and pop the toms in. Leave them for a few minutes until they split then remove from the heat to cool slightly before blitzing in a blender. This soup is chock full of anti-oxidants and vitamins C & D, anti-imflammatories and immune boosters. Get to it!
B12 is a wonder vitamin. It’s a wonder what we’d do without it! Actually, its one that a deficiency of will get us into a bit of a mess.
The thing with being B12 deficient is that a lot of the symptoms can be mistaken for something else and not recognised. Fatigue: it’s just tiredness; I’ve been busy. Ache and pain: it’s the time of year, everyone is a bit achy. Dizziness: I’m hungry or have low blood sugar; I’ll eat some carbs!
Ringing any bells?