What a fricking brain bending time the world is in right now, hey? Who’d have thought that a few months into the year 2020, we’d be dealing with a pandemic. This is, without a doubt, a worrisome and difficult time for us all across the world. Hopefully, you’re all safe and doing your part by self-distancing/ isolating. I’ve been keeping myself busy and time blocking my days to get at least some sense of normalcy throughout the week. I’ve made a few big goals to work towards and that seems to be staving off the cabin fever and keeping me focused. We’ve been working non-stop on the studio, I’ve been posting at home workouts, organizing, cleaning, recipe testing etc… You name it, I’m probably doing it. I can’t wait to show you all the progress on the fitness studio. It’s really shaping up (pun intended 😉 ) and we’re really excited about it. 🙂
Fueling your body during hard times like these is so important. Funds are tight for some, so making recipes that are accessible to all is where my head is at right now. Keeping your immune system up to snuff is second to self-distancing, IMO, and this little tonic recipe is chock full of the good stuff: coconut water (a great source of potassium), oranges, carrot and pineapple (vitamin A, C , beta-carotene), ginger and turmeric (with anti-inflammatory properties and a source of powerful antioxidants). Black pepper might seem like an odd addition, but it actually helps the curcumin (the bioactive compound found in turmeric) to be absorbed more readily in the body. This recipe calls for fresh ginger and turmeric, but you can certainly add dried spice instead. Frozen pineapple works instead of fresh (more of a smoothie texture with the frozen), oranges keep for a long time when stored properly, you can sub the coconut water for regular water and sub another sweetener (maple syrup, agave, coconut sugar etc) if you don’t have medjool dates on hand. It’s an easy, fresh tasting recipe that I hope you all enjoy! Let me know if you try and it, and don’t forget to follow me on instagram: @sincerely_les
Love to you all!
Yields 2-3 servings
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water (or water)
- 2 pitted medjool dates
- 2 inches of fresh peels turmeric (*approx 3/4 tsp dried turmeric)
- 1 inch fresh peeled ginger (*approx 1/4 tsp dried ginger)
- 1 large carrot (peeled)
- 1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
- 1 1/2 peeled large navel orange
- 3/4 cup of ice
- pinch of black pepper
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Serve cold.
*because dried spice is much stronger in flavour than fresh, I would start with half the amount of each spice and adjust the amount as needed.