Gluten free - dairy free - grain free - refined sugar free - egg free - nut free - vegetarian
Here's a quickie for you to try- easy to make up and so good. It's a healthy alternative to juice or soda drinks. Replace one of your glasses of water for the day with this beauty and add even more goodness to your body than water can do alone! Whilst in winter, my favourite drink for warming me up is a Friendly Hot Chocolate, but this is a Summer favourite. Keep scrolling to read about all the health benefits of this drink!
Ingredients (to make 1 litre of drink):
Health benefits of ginger (thanks to foodmatters.tv):
Health benefits of raw apple cider vinegar (thanks to the Gerson Institute):
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Gluten free - dairy free - sugar free - nut free - egg free - additive free
Confession: I don't often consume hot drinks, and I don't like coffee. AT. ALL. "Inconceivable" I hear you cry. I know. But in chilly, windy winter weather, I sometimes find myself looking for something to warm me up from the inside. Hot chocolate is usually it. I have a really simple 'recipe' that I make myself rather than partaking in the pre-made mixes that are full of ridiculous amounts of sugar, and usually dairy milk and other unpleasant additives and flavours. My version is dairy free and refined-sugar free, tastes great and is even Fair Trade- so it's Friendly for everybody!
You can add your sweetener to your own taste. My hubby actually drinks his straight, with no sweetener at all. But then he also used to be addicted to unsweetened double shot espresso's. My palate doesn't handle that kind of bitterness, so I use a couple of teaspoons of sweet stuff.
Ingredients and Quick Method:
Gluten free - grain free - dairy free - refined sugar free - egg free - nut free
Sometimes, breakfast for me consists of one of these smoothies and a handful of almonds. They also make a great, filling afternoon tea for the kids. I know there are probably thousands of smoothie recipes on the internet...green smoothies seem to be all the craze. All I know is that my kids like smoothies based on banana, with a few other ingredients, and this is the formula I tend to stick to! I use organic frozen berries. Berries are one category of food that has a high level of pesticides when not organic, and buying frozen organic berries is MUCH cheaper than fresh!
This 'recipe' is just a suggestion, really. Be creative with what you have (the 'browner' smoothie pictured below has less berries and more greens)! You can make double and keep half in the fridge for the next day, saving you that precious time.