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We’re a few days into the new year today, and us humans usually use this time to feel guilty for what didn’t happen last year and shame ourselves into promising we’ll adhere to a whole set of new ‘healthy’ habits this new year. Whether this sounds familiar to you or not, I want everyone to go into 2019 with a little more love and compassion – towards themselves, towards each other, towards this planet. Easier said than done, I know. And while I tend to stay away from typical ‘resolutions’, I do enjoy and find it useful to set intentions for the new year. I like to sit down and ponder what I want the coming year to hold – for me personally as well as on a more global scale. I find that dreams come true at a much higher rate if you verbalize them and put them in writing than if they’re just floating around in your head. What about you?
‘New healthy habits’ are certainly not few and far between in the beginning of January. No, quite the contrary – there are diets, workout programs and anti-this, anti-that routines left, right and center, and I find it… exhausting. And a little sad, to be honest – because with all the above often comes various doses of self-loathing. Restrictions are abundant – you can’t eat this, you can’t eat that – and I simply don’t think that’s the way to go about things. If you either need or want to improve your health, I think it’s much better to think in terms of adding than removing. Add vegetables, fruit and legumes to your diet, if more of those would make you feel better. Or add dessert, if that’s what you can’t quite make friends with. If you sit still a lot, add walks to your day. If you move around too much, add designated rest time.
One easy, health-boosting thing to add to your morning routine could be this little (deceivingly intense) ginger shot. With a bottle of this power juice in your fridge, you can easily give yourself a good dose of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative stress, anti-cancer plant power in a shot-form. It’s an anonymous habit to get into – quick as lightning – but your body will thank you for the help. Among all the not-so-true health claims spinning around the internet, the health-positive properties of both ginger and turmeric can’t be argued. Legit research backs them up, and we can only say thank you and cheers. Keeping the liquid at 60ºC and not allowing it to go higher will preserve a larger number of the beneficial nutrients, so make sure you use a thermometer. Bottled and stored in the fridge, the ginger shot will last you roughly a month. You can, of course, make a bigger batch at once if you know you’ll go throw it much quicker than that. Happy healthy 2019!
Makes ~1.2 liter
200 g fresh ginger
1 liter of water
3/4 tsp ground turmeric
1 1/2 dl lemon juice (approx. 2 lemons)
1-2 pinches cayenne pepper
- Grate the ginger (no peeling needed) using the largest shredding holes on your box grater. Fill up a pot with the water, and place the ginger and turmeric in there. Carefully heat up the water to approx. 60ºC (use a thermometer) and keep around the same temperature for roughly 20 min. Allow to cool.
- Add in the lemon juice and cayenne pepper, and strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve. Bottle* and store in the fridge for up to a month.
*How to sterilize glass bottles and jars: place clean bottle(s) in the oven at approx. 100-110ºC and leave them in for 15 min or until heated through (but not scalding hot). Remove and use.
Ger ca. 1.2 liter
200 g färsk ingefära
1 liter vatten
3/4 tsk malen gurkmeja
1 1/2 dl citronsaft (motsvarar ca. 2 st. citroner)
1-2 nypor cayennepeppar
- Riv ingefäran (inkl. skal) på den grövsta sidan av rivjärnet. Fyll upp en kastrull med vattnet, och tillsätt ingefäran och gurkmejan. Värm försiktigt upp blandningen till 60ºC (använd en termometer) och håll ungefär samma temperatur i ca. 20 min. Låt svalna.
- Tillsätt citronjuice och cayennepeppar, och sila vätskan genom en finmaskig sil. Häll upp på ren flaska* och förvara i kylen i upp till en månad.
*Snabb sterilisering av glasburkar och -flaskor: placera väl rengjorda kärl i ugnen på 100-110ºC. Ta ut efter 15 min eller tills de är varma (men inte skållheta) och använd direkt.