A quick way to show your body some lurrve!
A gut-friendly alternative to soft drinks plus fruit that's been fermented to remove most of the sugar (great if you have issues digesting fructose). Fermented foods contain loads of prebiotics which help you get your intestinal bacteria into the right balance.
Without being too icky on the details, this optimal gut flora really helps all digestive problems and many menstrual health problems too: immunity starts in the gut!
You will need:
- 1 litre glass jar
- Bruised or a-bit-beyond-fresh fruit of your choice (I've used apricots, pears, nectarines, peaches, strawberries -- pears have been my favourite so far, but any of these, or a combination, are good)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- A teaspoon or two of spices of your choice (ginger works particularly well, but cinnamon and other sweetish spices are good)
- Filtered water
What to do:
Fill about one quarter of the jar with roughly chopped fruit. Add the tablespoon of honey and spices. Nearly fill the rest of the jar with filtered water (leave a few centimetres at the top). Put the lid on and give it a good shake until the honey dissolves.
Set the jar aside, with the lid only on loosely somewhere where you'll remember it. I usually sit mine on a saucer, in case there are spills as the fruit starts to ferment and the liquid bubbles. You'll need to give it a shake at least once a day, to make sure there's no opportunity for mould to grow on the fruit at the top, but otherwise, this is the bit where you do nothing! Leave it for 2 or 3 days, depending on how warm the weather is (the warmer the weather, the quicker the fermentation occurs), or until bubbles start to appear.
When it's a bit fizzy, have a sniff. It should still smell like the fruit and spices, slightly fermented (but not alcoholic -- if it smells alcoholic, you've left it too long, I'm afraid). Strain liquid from the fruit.
Bottle the liquid and stick it in the fridge. It will continue to ferment very slowly, so the flavours will continue to develop and get fizzier, but it will keep in the fridge for at least a couple of weeks. This is a gut-friendly alternative to soft drinks!
Keep the fruit in the fridge too. You can add the fruit to anything you might usually add stewed fruit to. Keep in mind that much of the sugar in the fruit has been eaten up in the fermentation process, so if you want a sweet treat, you may need to add some honey. The fruit will also keep for a week or two, and will also get fizzier.
I am very interested in food and eating well, but not much interested in cooking.
It's a quandary. What about Winter? How much dal soup can one person honestly eat?
Actually, that's a trick question. I could eat the stuff every day. But variety is better for my health.
Which is why I was so excited to find these super easy, super clever, super delicious recipes.
I had a sad health incident in February which put me out of action for a month but was not life threatening. As a result, blood tests. Lots of them. And this is what they found: I have two separate kinds of gene mutation that make my blood more likely to clot than a normal person's.
It's likely they caused my troubles last month. And while it sucked to be unwell, I now realise it could have been so much worse.
I seem to have been inadvertently protecting myself from ill effects by living a healthy life. So I thought I'd share my morning ritual, now that it seems so much more useful than it did before!
Do you read Peppermint Magazine? It's all about sustainable living, good choices, and not compromising quality or deliciousness while you're doing it.
Take this *amaaaaaaazing* recipe from their Winter 2014 issue. It's from Sadhana Kitchen in Sydney (makes us want to move to Sydney) and it reminds us so much of the food you can get everywhere in Ubud.
When we go on retreat there, we know that there will be no end of delicious food, and most of it is super virtuous. Green smoothies at every second cafe, fresh veggie juice everywhere (although I personally would only get those from trusted establishments. I've had Bali Belly enough times to learn my lesson!). Yes, there are cocktails too! Gotta have a little balance in life eh?
I love Ubud so much, I took myself there again in January (for the fourth time) just to have a little personal yoga retreat before my work year started. It was so nice. I must tell you about the four-handed massage I had. But for now: yum!
Let us know if you make them, and what you think!