Thermomix immune defence juice

Thermomix juice ingredientsMy baby has caught a pesky cold and shared it with me, so this morning I made what I consider a delicious super immune system booster! It’s the first time Mr C has had this juice combination so it was funny to watch on as his little taste buds interpreted this new information!

This juice is fantastic for when your body is fighting a cold. The pineapple has a soothing effect on a sore throat as it digests foreign microbes and diseased cells in the bronchial tissues. Ginger eases congestion in the throat and lungs, relieving symptoms of cold and flu while the lemon adds to this with its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Carrots nourish every system in the body and kale is an iron-rich strengthening vegetable and a specific healer for the immune system. The interior white membrane of the orange is a superior source of bioflavonoids, which enhance the absorption of iron from plant foods – not to mention antioxidant properties and a good dosage of vitamin C for immune strength!

Just what the doctor ordered, huh?

Thermomix immune defence juiceIngredients

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1cm piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 slices of fresh pinapple, roughly chopped
  • Bunch of kale (stems removed)
  • Handful of ice (really important as it assists the blades in breaking through the fibre of the pineapple and orange and prevents  frothiness)

Method

  1. I only used the juice from the carrots so chopped them for 30 sec/speed 9 and using the simmering basket, squeezed the juice from the pulp into a separate bowl. You could also use a nut bag for this.
  2. Add the ginger and kale to the Thermie bowl and chop for 10 sec/speed 9.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend 1min/speed 9.
  4. If you prefer it thinner, add a bit of water and blend further.

I sprinkled chia seeds and chopped, dried mango on top.

Hint:

You could use the carrot pulp in a carrot cake. No sense wasting if you can avoid it, but try to make the cake soon after juicing to maximise the nutrient content.

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Strawberry breakfast smoothie

Thermomix Strawberry SmoothieThere’s nothing artificial in this little baby. Sweet strawberries, banana, oats, milk and the goodness of flax meal and chia seeds to get your day off to a great start.

Ingredients:

  • 300g of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana (if you don’t have either fruit in frozen form, add a bit of ice to the mix)
  • 230g of water
  • 230g of milk (I used cashew milk)
  • 40g of oats
  • Teaspoon of flax meal
  • Teaspoon of coconut nectar or honey (optional)
  • Teaspoon of chia seeds to sprinkle on top

Method:

  • Throw everything into the Thermie bowl (except chia seeds).
  • Blend 1 min/speed 9.
  • Sprinkle chia seeds on top.

My 1 year old drank his portion and was fighting me for mine!

Green smoothies

Green smoothie ingredientsGreen smoothies are a super easy way to get some greens into me and my little boy (with a helping hand from my Thermie!)

One of my favourite combinations at the moment is:

Berry creamy choc delight

  • Bunch of kale (stems removed)
  • Handful of lettuce leaves
  • 2 handfuls of frozen berries (e.g. blueberries or mixed berries – I buy the Omaha ones from Woolworths, or Frozberries from health shops)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
  • Cup of coconut water (or more water if you like it thinner)

Blend on speed 9 for about a minute. Pour into glass and sprinkle with chia seeds. Creamy, chocolatey, berry goodness! So filling too.

Simply green smoothie

This is a really basic recipe but it’s very tasty! You could also use it as a base for experimentation.

  • Bunch of kale (stems removed) or spinach
  • 1 pear
  • 1 banana
  • 400-800ml of water

Blend on speed 9 for about a minute. Pour into glass and enjoy!

I will add more recipes as I get to them 🙂

Cashew milk

Thermomix cashew milkWhen I first started using cashews as a raw food ingredient I was awestruck. The humble little thing that I typically snack on can be turned into milk, cream, and even cheese!

The thing I make most is cashew milk. Because it’s so creamy it makes it easier to do the switcheroo from dairy milk.

I also like that because cashews blend so well you don’t have to fuss about with straining as per almond milk.

Here’s what you do:

  • Soak 1 cup (140g) of cashews in filtered water for minimum 4 hours or overnight in the fridge.
  • Drain cashews and rinse with water until it runs clear.
  • Place cashews and 500g of filtered water into the Thermie bowl.
  • Blend for 2 mins/speed 9 (slowly increasing speed to begin with).
  • Add another 500g of filtered water and blend for a further 1 min/speed 9.

If you like, you can add a dash of vanilla extract or sweetener such as honey, maple syrup or coconut nectar.

The milk should keep for 3 to 5 days in the fridge.