Recently, the real winter has been upon us in Germany with snow and freeze. Walking through the snowy landscape and watching the picturesque scenery is nice, but getting sick in the winter is unpleasant. I didn’t have the flu in years, but last week the flu caught me. Since I didn’t want to use any heavy medicine or antibiotics I tried to find some alternatives. Hydration is important, that’s why my flu fighting essentials are three different healthy & immune busting drinks. Of course you can drink my flu fighting winter drinks also to prevent getting sick!
Hot & Spicy Grapefruit Juice
The hot and spicy grapefruit juice was a totally new thing for me and tasted surprisingly good. I got the idea from the German food blog Gemüseregal and made my own version. The grapefruit and goji berries are excellent sources of vitamin C and they are supporting your immune system! Ginger has many health benefits, it does not only warm you on a cold day it also boosts your immune system.
The vegan pumpkin spice latte is my current autumn favorite, I’m preparing it almost every day! It’s an easy to prepare vegan coffee beverage and it is much better than the one you can buy (at Starbucks for example) since I’m using fresh pumpkin, real spices and vegan ingredients.
The combination of coffee and pumpkin might sound strange to you, but the sweet taste in combination with spices tastes great with fresh coffee.
I found the idea for the recipe in the cookbook Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen* of Kathy Patalsky (she is also a food blogger and her blog healthy happy life was one of the first vegan blogs I followed) and then I adjusted it with some ingredients. I prefer to use fresh pumpkin puree, vanilla soy milk and agave syrup instead of maple syrup.
I would like to share two of my favorite smoothie recipes I prepared lately. The first one is a green smoothie that I prepared for the last Vegan Wednesday.
- 2 handful spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- About 200 ml coconut water
Put all the ingredients in your blender and blend it for about one or two minutes and enjoy your smoothie.
I prepared this one many times before in different versions, sometimes I used pineapple or mango instead of apple. The combination of coconut water, banana, spinach and fruits is harmonical and a little exotic.
Since 2013 the Turkish coffee is listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO:
The tradition itself is a symbol of hospitality, friendship, refinement and entertainment that permeates all walks of life.
For example, Turkish coffee plays an important role in engagement ceremonies. When the bridegroom’s family is coming over to visit the girl’s family to ask the hand off the girl and blessing for the marriage the bride prepares and serves the Turkish coffee for the guests. She puts salt in the groom’s coffee to test his character, if he is drinking the coffee without any sign of distaste he is assumed to be patient.
This week I finally bought the equipment for preparing Turkish coffee. A copper cezve (the pot where you are cooking the coffee), two cups and of course ground Turkish coffee!
that’s my afternoon coffee, I have to improve the foam but the taste was perfect