If you watched the video on food photography I recently posted – I owe you a recipe! We wanted to have a shot of a juice/ drink in the video and I thought it was a great opportunity to make one of my favourite ones. Apart from looking quite sleek on dark background, this juice tastes really good as well; very summery and refreshing.
The flavours of it take me back to Lyon, to Terre Adélice and one of the best ice creams and sorbets I have ever had. If ever in Lyon and an ice cream fan, it’s a must. What’s even better about it – it is really good for you. All the ingredients will boost your immune system while enjoying a fruity, chilled bev.
Here’s a ‘breakdown’: Ginger, as it contains gingerol, is a natural anti-inflammatory remedy and great in treating muscle pain and soreness, especially after intense workouts. It’s an antiseptic as well and can easily fight minor infections. Fights indigestion and fatigue like a charm.
Lemon – apart from being a vitamin C bomb, is a great source of fibre pectin, regulates pH levels in the body, rich in potassium and magnesium, it’s good for your skin and stimulates replenishing salts after strenuous workouts.
Thyme is natural source of quite a few vitamins, K, A, C. It has been used in various natural remedies for ages and it’s great for your mood.
Honey has many, many health benefits as it’s packed with nutrients. It’s bee’s food and similarly to bee’s pollen, it’s beneficial on just so many levels, from fighting allergies to moisturising your skin. Hence when something is an outstandingly good thing you say it’s “the bee’s knees” (where bees carry the pollen for honey). In south of France, they add honey and thyme combination to many dishes for their subtle, distinctive taste but also many health benefits.
Then you have the grapefruit which keeps you hydrated and provides you with a plethora of vitamins. There are some claims that it’s good for wait loss…
- 1 grapefruit
- A handful of strawberries
- 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp honey (agave nectar if vegan)
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 inch piece ginger
- ice cubes
- Combine the lemon juice, grated ginger (that you previously peeled) thyme and honey in a small bowl or a jar. You can even make larger quantities and leave it in the fridge for up to a week and add it to your drinks/ dishes.
- Cut off the grapefruit peel. If you don't like it too bitter, cut the peel off 'deeper' so you reveal the grapefruit flesh. But the more peel you leave on, the richer your drink will be in fibre. Then cut into large chunks.
- Add the grapefruit chunks, strawberries, ice cubes and the honey/ lemon/ ginger/ thyme mix into a blender. Blend until well combined.