Putting together my cookbook was a bit of a dance. It was this delicate balance as I strived to offer recipes using ingredients you already know and love, introduce a few new ones, but overall, keep the recipes familiar. I wanted it to be a book that invited you to simply upgrade the healthy/awesome factor in the recipes you already adore.
And then I pushed the limits a little. I added in a fermented nut cheese, a kombucha margarita and a real experiment: Jamu Juice.
The Jamu Juice recipe was based on a drink my husband and I had enjoyed when we were in Bali. The main ingredient, turmeric, is not part of the typical North American diet, and even many nutrition-loving folks aren't quite sure the best way to consume it outside of a typical curry.
To my surprise and delight, the Jamu Juice recipe was a hit (and it's actually available on Amazon! If you go to the page with my book and click "look inside" it's one of the recipes available for preview). I think this recipe showed up more than any on instagram.
I probably should have known better. Two of the most visited recipes on this website this year are:
And so, in honour of this clearly beloved and well needed ingredient, and also because I required this drink more than anything, I came up with yet another new and delicious turmeric tonic. This one is for cold and flu season.
For the last two years, at this time of year, usually when the CNE program is wrapping up, I get hit with a terrible cold. This year had the potential to be no exception and so I called turmeric to the rescue as a preventative. At the first hint of a sore throat I knew it was now or never.
My cold and flu immune power plan included the following:
I did this for three days in a row - three days better spent resting and preventing than being a coughy-snotty-mess. And I got better. It's no wonder, really. When we work to heal, instead of fight against, we recover.
Aside from supporting immune health, check out the magic induced by curcumin, one of the active ingredients in turmeric!
Magic Of Turmeric
- Curcumin offsets the neurotoxic effects of fluoride. (Source)
- "Curcumin has been shown in the last two decades to be a potent immunomodulatory agent that can modulate the activation of T cells, B cells, macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, and dendritic cells." (Source)
- Curcumin is more effective than NSAIDS in anti-inflammatory properties. (Source)
- Research has documented that the physical structure of curcumin is able to bind to cells and reduce the entry of a virus into a cell. (Source)
- Curcumin impairs tumor suppressor p53 function in colon cancer cells. (Source)
This is truly the ultimate cold and flu tonic. Combining vitamin C-rich citrus with immune modulating herbs and a little fat to usher in the fat-soluble nutrients makes this a powerful option.
Ingredients are simple enough: turmeric root, ginger, orange and lemon.
I put them through the juicer to make a concentrate of sorts.
You could absolutely shoot this back as a 1 oz shot, if you're tough like me.
But I love taking 1 oz of the concentrate, diluting it in a cup of hot water, and then stirring in raw honey and a little ghee or coconut oil.
Drink every two hours alongside a healthy dose of rest and your immune system will be giving you a warm hug of thanks, in the form of health through the holidays!
Yield: 4 servings
- ¼ cup fresh ginger root or 1 Tbsp dried
- ¼ cup fresh turmeric root or 1 Tbsp dried
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 lemon, peeled
- Water, honey and ghee/coconut oil as needed.
- Place all ingredients through your juicer. If using dry spices, juice the citrus and then add to a blender with ½ cup water and the dried spices and blend until smooth.
- Mix 1oz of concentrated mix with 1 cup of hot water. Stir in raw honey, ghee or coconut oil.
- Repeat every 2 hours.