Today I will start a small series; the “how to survive a German winter” series. Of course I will not only refer to a German winter, but to any cold winter.
I personally find this time of the year very difficult, Christmas is over, the excitement of the beginning of the new year is slowly disappearing and it as cold and grey as it can be. In Germany this time of the year is the coldest with temperatures around -10° C during the night and around -4°C during the day (in northern Germany it is slightly warmer though… but you get the idea…). It is grey, icy and slippery outside and most people get sick during this time of the year, if not sick, many people feel very tired and they definetly miss those lighter days and the sunshine. Me included.
Because this time of the year is so difficult, I decided to make a little series on how to “survive” until Spring, or rather, on how to get to enjoy this time of the year a little more. I gathered a bunch of nice recipes, tips and tricks to make your winter a little more cozy, spicy, hot and nice 🙂
Today I want to start with an immune boosting juice that I enjoy almost every day since the new year started. I love this juice because it makes me feel warm from the inside, it has strong immune boosting properties and whenver I feel a little pain in my throat, I can be sure that this juice will “burn” it away.
The two most important ingredients in this juice are ginger and turmeric.
Both ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory. Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections and can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria. Ginger is also known for its anti-pain property (I use ginger juice when I have a headache and it does a great job!). Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system.
I have been sharing a recipe for golden milk/turmeric latte on the blog last year. In golden milk you will also find ginger and turmeric as these two are used a lot of ayurvedic medicine. So in case juice is not just what you like, check out that recipe 🙂
For my immune boosting juice I use:
1 lemon/or lime
2-3 cm turmeric root
4-5 cm ginger root
A little bit of black pepper
Juice all ingredients in a slow juicer (I use the Foodmatic from Keimling) and sprinkle the black pepper into the juice. The black pepper helps absorb the active ingredients from the turmeric.
The juice will be spicy because of the amount of ginger, so in case you do not like it very spicy, use a little less ginger. I personally love it very spicy and always add a lot of ginger 😀
Oranges are awesome because the abundance of polyphenols in oranges protects against viral infections. They also have plenty vitamin C and A and they help alkalize the body (as does the lemon used in this recipe). A regulated acid-base balance is an important key to a good immune systeme.
Together with the ginger and the turmeric, the citrus fruit used in this recipe will provide you with loads of energy, vitamins and minerals and help your immune system get through winter without weakening.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and the first post of my “how to surive a German winter” series. I will be back in Sunday with Part II – it will be a DIY for your bathroom… and I cannot wait to share it 😀
Do you like to juice? Do you do it a lot? What is your favorite recipe? I would love to know!