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So, it’s the eve of Christmas Eve and I am ready for a rest, it’s been a busy run up to Christmas and I feel like I’ve been running on adrenaline since September when Miss ND started school (a whole other blog post!) and I may just have overdone the late nights and goings out a touch. I feel a cold coming on and this is the exact time I would jump on it right away before it takes hold.


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Watercress Green Smoothie

I make a green smoothie a couple of times a week, I basically just chuck in whatever is to hand, sometimes the main green element is Kale, other times it’s Watercress.  I love Watercress, it’s the peppery kick that has me munching on it or including it in salads or sandwiches, but in a smoothie it’s even better!

watercress green smoothie

Watercress has high levels of Calcium  Vitamin A, C, E, K beta-carotene and Iron.  Also contains vitamin B1, B2. folic acid, potassium and phosphorus.   It has more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach!

Today, my green smoothie contained:

1 bag of Watercress
1 medium carrot
around 5 inches of cucumber
3 small tomatoes
1 baby avocado
half a banana
small handful of blueberries
3 raspberries, yes 3, all I had left!
about 1 inch of Ginger
Flax seeds
Chia seeds
Water to the perfect consistency for you
Ice, optional.

plus my Green blend which today was Wheatgrass, Spirulina, and Green Barley,   I have a few others and change or add to the blend, I’m always coming across new things to try too!

Blend all and serve immediately.

All measurements are approximate, I usually just sprinkle in some Flax and Chia seeds, make it your own and enjoy the benefits.  This amount serves 2 generously!



Spotlight on Spice: Cayenne Pepper

Made from dried ground cayenne chillies, cayenne pepper is one of the most readily available, easy-to-use sources of capsaicin, a healing substance that gives all peppers their fiery heat.  Cayenne Pepper has so many incredible health benefits, this wonderfully fiery chilli pepper is part of the capsicum and nightshade family.  It is rich source of vitamin A and C, vitamins B1, B3, B5 & B6 plus calcium, iron and manganese.

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It is a powerful circulation booster and where cardiovascular health is concerned, cayenne pepper claims to stop heart attacks, nourish the heart with vital nutrients, remove plaque from the arteries, improve circulation, rebuild blood cells, lower cholesterol, emulsify triglycerides, remove toxins from the bloodstream and improve overall heart health.  

It can also help with digestive ailments, being a gastric stimulant and digestive aid.  Cayenne can help to remove fungal infections or parasites from the digestive system.  It can lower high blood pressure,  speed up metabolism and is antibacterial and anti-fungal.  Its anti-inflammatory action is said to reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis.  It really is a medicinal wonder spice.

Cayenne also causes us to sweat, an important process of detoxification and if you are feeling the cold it can impart a wonderful warming feeling to your extremities.  

Cayenne Pepper can be added to soups, risotto, scrambled egg, etc or taken in hot water, tincture or capsule form.  

I came across this the other day, will attempt to grow my own small crop this year, at 75p, it’s worth a go to have fresh, home-grown chillies!

cayenne seeds