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Beetroot and apple juice for healthy joints

This post I dedicate to my brother who has recently run his fifth half-marathon. Very proud of his time too…

Aged 5 and 3 at a fancy dress party - sisterly love!

Aged 5 and 3 at a fancy dress party – sisterly love!

This healthy juice is great for preparing to a long distance event because beetroot is extremely good at keeping your joints healthy and free from inflammation. Beet juice is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying. So when the lactic acid builds up during a race, the protective benefits of a few glasses of this potion can also make a great difference to how you will feel after the finish line. You know the feeling when you are actually scared to stop because you know it will really ache in those muscles…

With the addition of apples and mint, beetroot actually tastes quite delicious – you get to even enjoy the little “earthy and grounded” after-taste because it is exactly what you need.

Vibrant and good for the energies!

Vibrant and good for the energies!

Ingredients list:

  • Beetroot, one raw
  • Carrots,2
  • Apples, 2
  • Handful of spinach
  • Celery stick, one
  • ginger and mint, to taste

Wash but do not peel and put all the ingredients into a juicer.

Add the raw ginger root and the bunch of mint at the end, taste and adjust.

Serve in tumblers with lots of ice and a festive straw. Non alcoholic does not mean boring or tasteless. This has plenty of flavour and as I said it is extremely good for you – especially the day before a race or a long training session.

Recommended by Marathon runners! To try it is to adopt it!


Banana-free, deep red slush

A cool smoothie but banana-free so packed with fruit, not sugar! This is still a summer recipe but make it fast with the last berries – think I am in a bit of a denial about Autumn… Which has started today, officially.

Ingredient list:

  • frozen raspberries 250g
  • ice cubes 5
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • grapes 10
  • strawberries, a few
Put all this into a blender or smoothie maker and whizz to a creamy pulp!
Enjoy, guilt-free!
Nutrition notes: berries are a superfood so make the most of them while they are still around… Enjoy the last of the summer fruit!

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Thai sweet potato and coconut soup


Recipe from Avoca cafe in Dublin
Sweet potato is one of my star foods and this soup is a delicious, exotically spiced manner to accommodate it. I love the zing given by the fresh ginger, chillies and lemon grass to lift the sweet and smooth taste of the sweet potato…
Ingredients list:
Sweet potatoes, 2 peeled and diced
Rapeseed oil 4 Tbsp
Onion 1 sliced
Leeks 2 trimmed and sliced
Ginger, walnut-size grated
Green chillies, 2 seeded and chopped
Lemon grass 2, tough leaves removed and interior thinly sliced
Lime 1, pinch of zest
Nam pla or Thai fish sauce
Chicken stock 1 L
Coconut milk 1 cup
salt and pepper
Some olive oil
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Toss the diced potatoes in 2 Tbsp of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 15 min until tender.
Heat the rapeseed oil in a wok-like pan and add the sliced onion. Fry for a few minutes, add the sliced leeks, grated fresh ginger, chillies, lemon grass and zest.
Add the stock and fish sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
This works very well in the Thermomix, just adjust times and temperatures accordingly.
Add the sweet potatoes along with the coconut milk.
Check the seasoning and serve with torn basil if you have any.
I liquidized two thirds of this soup, then blended it back with the non-liquidised third and it was smooth and creamy with just the right amount of texture and bite!
This is my current favourite: It beats all the other soups hands down. And it is deceptively quick to make – especially with the right blender… My mom brought me the above recipe book back from Ireland and it has become a big favourite!
Nutrition notes: Sweet potatoes is a super-food with low GI and lots of vitamin C and A. Ginger, lemon grass and chillies are great detoxifying aids. This is a good detox option and despite its sweetness, a great nutritional choice, so I can indulge with a clear conscience.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of :
– Vitamin B6
– Copper and Manganese
– Bêta-carotène which is a great anti-oxydant element, so protecting us from cancers.
They also contain
– Vitamins A, E, B and C
Plus a good deal of fibre and zinc- essential for a healthy digestion and immune system.

Bright eyed” carrot and red pepper soup


Ingredients list:
Carrots 3
Red pepper 1
Tomatoes 2
Onion 1
Stock 1 liter
Salt, pepper and fresh crushed ginger
Mascarpone cream for serving

Scrub the carrots and take the seeds out of the tomatoes by removing the brown stem cut and squeezing a  little above a plate.
Rinse all the vegetables and chop them.
Add the seasoning and freshly crushed ginger – I use a garlic press.
Add the stock. Better if you have some left over from broiling a chicken for example: This keeps a good few days in a fridge.
Cook on the stove until the vegetables are soft.
Blitz with a plunging mixer or a blender until smooth.
Serve with a nice dollop of mascarpone on top.

Nutrition note:
This is packed with vitamins (A and C) and lots of good minerals plus the ginger helps to boost the metabolism so it is a great recipe for coming out of winter all bright eyed and clear skinned!
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