Drink Away Your Winter Chills

Sustainable home made teas

Sustainable home made hot teas and drinksWith winter upon us, one of the challenges during colder days is to ensure that you stay well-hydrated.

Since water makes up over 50% of your body, it plays a vital role in keeping you healthy. Being well-hydrated will aid your immune- and lymph systems, helping you to fight off illnesses, regulate your body temperature, rid your body of waste material and keep your skin and joints supple.

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Strawberries

strawberriesStrawberries are in season and here are a couple of good reasons to enjoy them:

  1. Strawberries are full of antioxidants (second only to blueberries in a USDA study of 40 fruits and vegetables);
  2. A number of the antioxidants found in strawberries has been shown to fight carcinogens;  
  3. Strawberries has more vitamin C than any other berry tested;
  4. Sweet as they are, strawberries are actually low in sugar (compared to other fruit) and will therefor not cause insulin spikes, as long as they are eaten in moderation;
  5. Strawberries are also high in dietary fibre, manganese, folic acid and potassium.

 So before you reach for the bottle of store bought vitamins, antioxidants or dietpills, why not enjoy a delicious couple of strawberries.

Dress Your Salad

Recipe for basic vinaigrette : Whip up your own salad dressing in a jiffy Learning to make a couple of basic sauces, salsas and dips from scratch will save you money and save the environment.  Not only will you find that it tastes better than the store bought bottles, it is also better for your health, since you avoid consuming preservatives, colourants and flavour enhancers that are often on the ingredient list of these products.  Try one recipe at a time and stick with it untill you feel confident enough to try the next one.  Buy the best quality ingredients that you can afford and buy organic if and where possible.

This super-easy and very basic salad dressing can be made in a jiffy. Play around with the herbs until you find your favourite.  Make it double and store some in the fridge for the next day.

Salad Dressing

3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp mustard
1 tsp honey/sugar
1 tsp dried basil/oreganum/parsley
1 tsp dried garlic flakes (optional)
6 tbsp olive oil
sea salt to taste
black pepper, freshly ground to taste

Combine vinegar, mustard, honey, dried herbs and garlic in a small jug.  Whisk in the olive oil with a small wire whisk or a fork untill well blended.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on your favourite salad or steamed vegetables.