Apples contain flavanoids and quercetin, fantastic cancer fighting anti-oxidants. Apples assist the effective functioning of the digestive tract as they are a good source of fibre.
My favourite recipe for apples is to combine chopped green apples (They must be crispy. There is simply nothing worse than a soft, floury apple!),chopped celery, desiccated coconut, chopped dates and topped with fresh pouring organic cream.
Avocado is often mistaken for a vegetable because we eat it like a salad vegetable, but it is actually a fruit, but who actually cares – it’s delicious and nutritious! Avocados are at their best when they are ripe and very easy to prepare. Avocados are a good source of essential fats (the good ones) – one of the few fruits or vegetables that contain fat.
My favourite recipe for Avo is to blend it with smooth cottage cheese, mayo, salt and pepper and then spoon it on top of steamed slices of cooled sweet potato.
Celery is great at purifying the blood. It is calorie free and has high fibre content.
It is full of iron and magnesium, crucial for the healthy working of each cell in our bodies.
Celery contains 95% water, so it is excellent for the effective nourishing of blood cells.
Celery juice is full of potassium, which helps to hydrate and maintain healthy skin. It also regulates blood pressure.
Vitamin C content in celery supports the effective working of the immune system, including keeping colds at bay.
Celery is said to stimulate memory and reduce nausea, as well as being great for hangovers.
Celery on its own is too dreadful for speech but it is really, really healthy so these are my favourite recipes that I enjoy with celery: celery fingers dipped in peanut butter. Don’t forget my apple and celery recipe above and then my all time favourite is watermelon, black olives, feta, finely chopped spring onions and celery with a crunch of black pepper
Coriander is a powerful herb which has many health benefits. It is also commonly known as Cilantro. Considered to be rich in various food elements, the coriander leaves contain protein, fat, minerals, fibre, carbohydrates, and water. The minerals and vitamins include: vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, sodium, potassium, and oxalic acid.
I just love Coriander on everything but my favourite is steamed chicken with a dash of soy sauce and then smothered in coriander leaves and topped with roasted pine nuts and pumpkin seeds. I also love using Coriander in any salad that I make with chick peas, red kidney beans and lentils.
Rosemary is effective in the treatment of stomach and digestive disorders, as well as headaches. This amazing herb is also able to prevent cancer, enhance the workings of the liver and keep the skin looking healthy and smooth. Two main properties of rosemary, rosemarinic acid and caffeic acid, are antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory agents.
These acids are effective at reducing inflammation which can cause liver disease, asthma and heart disease. Rosemary also provides crucial protection against cancer due to its high Vitamin E content, which prevents your cells being damaged by free radicals (cancer causing molecules).
This herb also has properties that help reduce swelling in ankles and relieves bloating.
My favourite recipe with Rosemary is to mix it with melted butter, ground salt and pepper and pour over a leg of lamb and then roast it. I also love roasting vegetables with olive oil, salt, black pepper and Rosemary.