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Juice for Thought: Beetroot and grapefruit.

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I’ve been doing a lot of nourishing recently, nourishing the mind with books, nourishing my creativity with writing exercises and finally, nourishing my body with an assortment of vegetable and fruit juices.

This is one of my favourite juices at the moment, mainly because when it comes down to juicing, most drinks seem to end up being green, which is not bad, I love a good green juice, but it can be a bit monotonous after a while, they taste different but they look the same; so having something on a bright shade of red or orange for a change is very welcomed 🙂

This juice is also less “earthy” tasting that the other beetroot juice I normally make, actually the beetroot flavour is almost entirely masked, so if you don’t like this veggie, or want to feed this to someone that does not like beetroot, go ahead and try it, you won’t know it’s there. Juices are a wonderful way to feed vegetables to people that wouldn’t normally eat them, or add more veggies to your own diet.

Without further ado, here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

1 Beetroot, washed.

1 grapefruit, peeled.

1 carrot, washed.

Half a lemon, peeled.

100 ml coconut water

How to:

1.- Add 100 ml of coconut water to the jug of your juicer.

2.- Then add the beetroot, carrot, half a lemon and grapefruit to the juicer and juice!

What’s good about it?

Beetroot has calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and manganese. It detoxes the liver and gall bladder.

Carrot has also calcium and magnesium, as well as beta-carotene. It encourages detoxing and supports eye-function.

Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. It supports the immune system and helps cleanse the blood.

Lemon has vitamin C and potassium, it is a potent antiseptic and natural antibiotic.

 

This juice tastes: Sweet, refreshing and invigorating. 

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Simple Sunday Pursuits…

It’s been raining most of the afternoon, here in London, it is also windy and very, very grey; like the weather is screaming at us “Summer is over!” “Make way for Autumn!”

It feels like it was yesterday when my garden was sunny and oh! so full of flowers (it wasn’t yesterday, nor was it the day before, or the day before that because the sun has been carefully avoiding this part of the planet) …

IMG_1067But what can you do? It’s really just the way the Seasons work, and these are the last days of Summer 🙂

Normally on a Sunday I would go for walks (a.k.a Pokemon hunting), sit in the park, meet friends, go for a picnic or simply just do some gardening. However, this particular Sunday was not a day to be outdoors.

Since the rain trapped me in the house, I’ve been trying to amuse myself the best I can: earlier on I made some fish cakes, froze them, then remember I hadn’t had lunch so I defrosted two and ate them (very yummy, by the way), I watched some (bad) Netflix show, then I sat with the book I’m currently reading,  “Undermajordomo Minor” by Patrick deWitt which is a bit dark and a bit funny and very, very well written; however, the day is long, and one cannot read all day (well, one can, but one usually gets very sore eyes from doing so, and one already wears thick glasses, so one has to be careful not to end up completely blind), so I found myself back where I started, and it was only 5pm.

Sundays are long indeed. I wanted to do some gardening, but the gusts of wind and the pouring rain weren’t quite conducive to gardening, so I decided to try my hand at (it may sound like it has nothing to do with gardening, but it involves plants, furthermore, it involves plants that grow in my garden, so there) something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now: making smudges.

I’ve been reading about them since I like to do a big clean up of my house every time the season changes, like Spring Cleaning, but all year around, and smudges are good to cleanse the energy of a place. I had previously used Palo Santo for this (my yoga teacher used to burn Palo Santo before each class, and I love its smell, it also reminds me of the quiet and relaxation of my yoga class), but I liked the idea to make my own smudges, since I have sage, lavender and rosemary in my garden, and what better thing to cleanse my home, that herbs that come from my garden?

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The Internet is full of really good tutorials about how to make a smudge, which herbs to use and which ones to avoid (surprisingly mint burns with a nasty smell, so that’s no for mint in a smudge), so if you are interested in trying, go for it, it is super easy.

 I’ll write my own tutorial if the smudges I made turn out well, for the moment they look good, but they need to dry (which will take a couple of weeks) and I need to light one and see if it smokes well 🙂

My first smudge turned out super thin… very different from the chubby ones I’ve seen online….

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I tied together sage and lavender….

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I used a lot more sage for the other ones and they looked closer to what they should look like 🙂

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Finally,  I sat at the computer to write this post. Alas! It has lovingly brought me to dinner time, and so I shall now, leave you. I hope you had a lovely Sunday, wherever you are, I hope you had sun on your window, and flowers in your garden. Maybe you went out for a picnic or two.

If not, if your weather was like mine, I hope you were surrounded by good books and amazing things to entertain yourself with 🙂

Namaste,

Paula