Lemon Juice with Ginger and Basil

 Crushed Ginger & squeezed lemon

Lemon Juice with Ginger and Basil

Cold wave during  dusk and dawn, vibrant sun and high temperatures whole day is affecting almost everybody health here. Me and my family too had  bad and long cold  that prolonged  for  weeks. Running nose and sore throats made me think of a lemon juice spiced up with ginger and fresh basil leaves.

Health note on main ingredients

Lemon

Lemon juice is a very good source of vitamin C, which increases immunity to common cold, flu and infections. It improves digestion, contains a good amount of dietary fiber. Also, it kills harmful bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

Lemon contains calcium in small quantity. But potassium of lemon proves beneficial to maintain bone’s calcium density. Potassium  prevents the loss of calcium through the kidney. Thus, it protects from osteoporosis. It is also good for skin health and in maintaining weight.

Ginger

Ginger has many medicinal properties. It has a very long history of use as a home remedy in Kerala. It is commonly used to help digestion, reduce nausea, help fight the flu and common cold.

Gingerol,  bio-active substance in fresh ginger,  help lower  risk of infections.  ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria .

Basil/ Tulsi leaves

A short description of use of tulsi / basil leaves was given in my earlier post Passion fruit medicinal leaves Smoothie .

Ingredients

3 or 4 lemon 

small piece of ginger crashed                                                                 

a handful tulsi/basil leaves   

4 glass water and a pinch of salt

lemon & crushed ginger
lemon & crushed ginger

 

Preparation

Take the juice of four lemons,  Add crushed ginger, pour water and salt into it and mix well. According to your preference for sour taste adjust water and salt.

You can use sugar or jaggery as a sweetener, in case you want a sweet taste for the juice.

Take this lemon juice when you are having strong cold and no taste for the tongue, you will feel much better.

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Thank You, and catch you later

Passion fruit medicinal leaves Smoothie

Passion Fruit

 

Whenever I think of a new recipe , I consciously brainstorm on including ingredients fetched from my back yard, as much as possible. This antioxidant packed passion fruit medicinal leaves smoothie has all the ingredients tulsi, guava and nutmeg leaves collected from our courtyard – (sweetener is store brought !).

Here, tulsi , tender guava and nutmeg leaves are blended with passion fruit. This ingredients make this juice a perfect immunity boosting drink and a good remedy for mild cough.

Passion Fruits

Passion fruits are rich source of antioxidants, vitamin C etc… In addition to being a vitamin A precursors, it has, thirteen different carotenoids including zeta-, beta- and alpha-carotene, b-cryptoxanthin, and lycopene.

Tulsi and Guava Leaves

 

Tulsi leaves

Tulsi leaves are having high medicinal properties. These leaves have the ability to regulate cortisol (stress hormone) and balance the hormone levels. They act as antibiotic, germicidal and disinfectant agents protecting us from bacteria, viruses etc. They are good source of vitamin K also.

Guava leaves improve immunity, enhances heart and oral health, lower risk of diabetics and cancer.

Passion fruit  and leaves Smoothie

passion fruit and leaves to the mixer jar

Normally, at home we eat passion fruit as raw fruit. When we got 10 fruit on a single day, I thought of a healthy juice with them. (True reason is that I don’t like them plain, as they are a bit too sour).

Passion fruit flesh in mixer

  Initially, I had a double thought on how this would taste; with all these green leaves in!!  After opening the jar and sensing the aroma of the fruit and leaves blended, I was sure that, this drink will  finish fast, and it did so!

Passion fruit and leaves out of the mixer

Ingredients

Passion fruit flesh –  of 3 medium-sized fruits

Guava leaves (Tender) –  3

Tulsi leaves (Tender) –  a handful (6-9)

Tender nutmeg leaf –  1 (or to taste)

Sugar / jiggery – as per taste

Water –     1.5 – to 2 glass

Preparation

For making this perfect health drink, transfer the flesh of passion fruit  into mixer jar. To this add, all three leaves and jaggery/any sweetener, to your taste**. Then blend everything in the mixer for 1-2 minutes.  The leaves and fruits combine together to form a smooth pulp. This mixture is truly aromatic and tempting.

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Then add water to make it to your desired concentration. Now, enjoy the  energy boosting passion fruit and leaves smoothie. Chill in fridge, if you like it so.

**I have  tried  both sugar and jagerry, when adding jaggery you need more to make it sweet, but its healthier.

Hope you all will try making this health drink and let me know the results. I will be happy to know  your modifications to the recipes and the results too. Thanks for reading!!

You may also like to check Rambutan smoothie with cinnamon and peanuts

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Rambutan Smoothie with Cinnamon & Peanuts

 

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This is my first recipe on the blog. When looked around for a fresh fruit/vegetable in the courtyard, found our rambutan tree with fresh red fruits.  So, I decided to use them in my first recipe.

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Rambutan Smoothie with Cinnamon & Peanuts

Rambutan in our courtyard have 2-3 bunches of red fruits. This made me to think of a smoothie with them.

 

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Rambutan is a good source of vitamin C, copper and other essential nutrients. Peanuts are heart friendly nuts. Combining them in a smoothie provide a healthy drink.

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Peanuts give a nutty taste to the smoothie. Roasting the peanuts enhance the taste, (if you like them so or you can use them plain). Cinnamon is added to flavor the drink.

Ingredients

Rambutan ( flesh separated from the seed) – 8/10

Cinnamon- 2 short pieces

Milk- 2.5 tbsp (add a little extra if needed)

Peanuts – Handful  (roast them if needed)

Preparation

Put all  ingredients in a mixer/food processor. When everything is blended well transfer to a glass and enjoy. Chill it in refrigerator and use if you would like to have  a bit cold smoothie.

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Let me know your feedback on the post, so that I can improve my work.  Also try this easy recipe and I will be happy to know how it turned out. Thank you all.