This week Blank Slate is bringing you our Heal 01 juice reimagined as a recipe. These simple ingredients offer a serious boost, whether you have it as a juice or a salad. Read on to learn how these plants can support you during the colder months. Who knew healing could taste so good?
The adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” could not be more accurate. While all apples are packed with antioxidants like vitamin A and C, green apples contain more of a particular compound called pectin. Pectin is a fibre that works to promote the growth of healthy bacteria. This is called a prebiotic. Prebiotics are great for reducing bloating, optimizing digestion and supporting the immune system.
Like apples, pears are a rich source of antioxidants. They are a good source of a type of antioxidant known as polyphenols. Polyphenols help protect the body against oxidative stress. Just be sure to eat the whole pear, as most polyphenols are found in the skin.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, fibre, and other beneficial plant compounds. The nutrients found in lemons and their ability to alkalize the body give lemons a multitude of health benefits. They are great for supporting heart health, weight control and supporting digestion.
Cabbage is a part of the plant family known as brassica vegetables, aka cruciferous vegetables. This veggie family contains a plant chemical called glucosinolate. They are responsible for giving these plants their aroma and flavour. Glucosinolates have also been widely studied for their anti-cancer properties. They protect against carcinogens and have antibacterial and anti-viral effects.
Ginger is a commonly known anti-inflammatory. Lesser known are some of the other medicinal benefits ginger has to offer. These benefits are mainly due to gingerol, Gingerol is the main active compound in ginger, and it’s been shown to help with nausea, blood sugar regulation and indigestion.
- 1 apple, sliced into matchsticks
- 1 pear, sliced into matchsticks
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 2 cups shredded red cabbage
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 2 tsp raw honey
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Start by prepping all of the veggies. Set the red cabbage aside.
- Toss the apple and pear in the lemon juice.
- Next, whisk together the olive oil, ginger and honey until thick.
- Combine the shredded cabbage with the apple pear mix. Toss in dressing. Sprinkle with spices and toss again.
- Serve fresh
Let these veggies do the work while you sit back and enjoy your meal. Sweet and fruity flavours will have your tastebuds feel like they’re walking through an orchard. You might even forget it’s winter.
As always, let us know if you give it a try! We are here to answer any and all questions that might come up.
- Dani C.N.P