Nutritional delights

Since returning home to London, I’ve been juicing twice a day. After my morning cup of warm water with grated ginger (I live on this stuff – delish) or a slice of lemon, I make a juice. Here I have apple, celery and lemon, and carrot and ginger. A great thing is that because the juices are quite sweet, they really keep my wild sugar tooth at bay. Despite my nails and I hating the clean up with a passion, I haven’t given in yet. Later in the morning around 1030, I throw some fruit in a bowl – blueberries, bananas, apples, grapes – whatever I have at home and add some raisins, nuts and (pumpkin, sunflower and sesame) seeds. Gluten free, vegan, nutritionally dense and oh so tasty.

Not only is this a filling and tasty breakfast but between the juices and fruit salad, I’m getting a high dose of vitamin C, betacarotene, potassium and zinc to name just a few vitamins and minerals. I can really feel the difference: I have more energy and just feel more positive about everything. You see, you really are what you eat!

With temperatures at -3°C here in London, all I want is a bowl of steaming soup but the idea of chopping vegetables doesn’t really appeal to my freezing fingers. Time for some more warm grated ginger water I think…

30 Comments

  1. 2 February 2012 / 12:03

    This looks some good stuff:) The fruit concoction probably tastes amazing as well. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:)

    • Milla
      Author
      4 February 2012 / 12:54

      Thanks for your comment. The fruit is great not only because it’s tasty, but because you can just throw in whatever you fancy.

  2. 2 February 2012 / 14:39

    Dipping freshly baked biscotti into my latte while reading this … my body never calls for juices during winter but soup, oh yes, I’ll take soup. Made a simple miso soup yesterday with noodles and grated ginger. Couldn’t have been more simple and everyone loved it.

    I hate this cold.

    • Milla
      Author
      4 February 2012 / 12:51

      I rather fancy a latte right now, just to keep me warm. Actually, I wouldn’t say no to a piece of biscotti either! Grated ginger in your soup? I have to try that – sounds delish! 0°C in London. I’ve only left the house twice this week (for Bikram yoga class). What is the temperature there? Do you have snow?

  3. Popi
    2 February 2012 / 15:53

    Thank you Milla for another inspirational post about healthy eating habits.
    You do give me the will to try this for breakfast! Especially the warm water
    with Ginger. What about the rest of your day?
    xxx

    • Milla
      Author
      4 February 2012 / 12:43

      Popi, if you’re a ginger addict like me, you will love it in warm water. It has a slight heat and is so tasty. I drink a lot of herbal tea throughout the day, juice a lot and usually have Japanese rice, porridge or soup for lunch. What do you have for lunch? I will add some soup recipes soon.

      xx

  4. 2 February 2012 / 17:50

    This looks amazing! I so need to invest in a juicer!! xx

    • Milla
      Author
      4 February 2012 / 12:38

      Put it on your wedding list! xx

  5. 2 February 2012 / 19:33

    Great advice! This weather takes no prisoners…so the more protection against any illness, the better 🙂

    • Milla
      Author
      4 February 2012 / 12:38

      Exactly! Better to protect yourself with good natural products than get sick and fill your body with awful chemicals trying to ward off the flu.

  6. 3 February 2012 / 11:31

    Gorgeous, inspiring photos as usual, Milla. And as I type this, I’m enjoying a nice bowl of oatmeal with mixed berries…

    • Milla
      Author
      4 February 2012 / 12:37

      Merci Kate! It’s lunch time now and I’ve been so busy that I’ve only had tea. I rather fancy some porridge now…

  7. CinZilicious
    4 February 2012 / 16:00

    Oh my, this post reminds me of the hot summer days when i would eat cereal and put strawberries and blueberries in it or my fruit salads with granola!! i’ve stopped eating all of that as it’s so beeping cold over here. Well, i guess 15 degrees is nothing compared to London but it was 5-7 degrees last week or so.

    Just wondering, do you drink the grated ginger as well? I’ve been munching on ginger candy a lot lately but that’s no good as it’s packed with sugar,haha.

    It’s good that you can grate ginger even when it’s cold, haha. I normally just drink Twinings, the lazy way out, lol But your DIY juice looks well delicious!!!

    Cinz

    • Milla
      Author
      7 February 2012 / 17:29

      Oh yes, I definitely eat the ginger as well. It is good for you.

      Granola with berries is a summer must – you go girl!

      x

  8. 5 February 2012 / 14:01

    wow, looks delicious and good point about juice taking the edge of interest in other sweet, sugary treats.

    • Milla
      Author
      7 February 2012 / 17:28

      Thanks for your comment Alyson. This is great for the way to get a sugar kick without ruining one’s health.

  9. 5 February 2012 / 21:55

    That all sounded surprisingly delicious! I say surprisingly because I’m only just starting to choose healthier stuff over junk and it’s still weird for me 🙂
    That bowl of breakie looked awesome….maybe I should get a juicer…

    • Milla
      Author
      7 February 2012 / 17:22

      No kitchen should be without a juicer Sarah – an absolute must! You can throw in all sorts of fruit and veg. Much better than paying £5 for a tiny juice 🙂

  10. 6 February 2012 / 12:38

    This is a great post Milla! I really think I should give this juice a try today. I sometimes do the water/ginger thing too but I just haven’t gotten into juices yet. Very inspiring….thanks!

    • Milla
      Author
      7 February 2012 / 17:21

      Thanks Naina – the juicing is great in the morning but also as an afternoon pick-me-up. I often crave a kilo of chocolate but am satisfied by a beetroot and carrot juice. My hips approve! 🙂

  11. 6 February 2012 / 14:44

    My breakfast usually consists of a mix of fruit, sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds, oats flakes and natural yogurt. I’ve always made of breakfast the most important meal of the day and it really sets me in motion. I don’t drink juices as much as I should in winter, a hot cup of something always sounds better. A -3 degrees temperature isn’t that bad, we had -14 during the day last week. Unbearable. xo
    Ada

    • Milla
      Author
      7 February 2012 / 17:09

      Very nutritious indeed! I’m not a big breakfast eater and go through periods of enjoying it religiously to skipping it completely. -14?! That almost makes me cry. Do people just stay home in that temperature?

      x

  12. 7 February 2012 / 00:42

    milla – all of this looks so yummy and healthy! i too love the benefits of hot water + lemon + ginger! and the apple definitely adds a nice sweetener to the juice! hope you had a wonderful monday 😉
    xx, kristina

    • Milla
      Author
      7 February 2012 / 17:01

      It really is. I just need to find some warmer things to enjoy for breakfast because London is so cold right now. I’m craving pancakes but that doesn’t really fit in with the healthy eat plan.

      Have a great week!

      x

  13. 7 February 2012 / 04:09

    Milla, you eat healthier than anyone I know! Ok, I’m feeling rather guilty! I need to clean up my act … but first I’d have to buy a juicer! 😉 Have a wonderful week, sweetie!

    Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou

    • Milla
      Author
      7 February 2012 / 16:59

      Sandy, you have no idea! It may seem that I’m very healthy but I also have a weakness for sugar and champagne. It’s all about balance. 🙂

  14. 8 February 2012 / 21:22

    I do love making juice, but I hate the clean up. I also hate dragging the juice from its hiding place in our kitchen, where space is at a premium. Hopefully when we are in the new house I can give it a spot of honor and make sure to use it more. You have inspired me to juice!

    • Milla
      Author
      9 February 2012 / 12:15

      Happy to inspire! The great thing is that you can pretty much juice anything from fennel and cucumber to apples and pears. It makes for some tasty concoctions. The best advice I can offer you is to juice pre-manicure…

  15. 11 February 2012 / 20:18

    I seriously hope the weather warms up by next week!

    I live right around the corner from a juice bar that is amazing. I should be making my own, I know, I know, but I get so lazy here in Manhattan (and I think my juicer is in storage in the UK come to think of it). In the summer months in NYC I live on the stuff. Nice to taste something great and get a vitamin boost at the same time.

    • Milla
      Author
      14 February 2012 / 10:54

      You’ll be happy to know that it is now pretty mild so you’ll survive London.

      Juice bars are so convenient and much better on your nails – cleaning my juicer always ruins the polish.

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