Within many natural health systems, Spring is a traditional time to detox and cleanse. As we leave the heaviness and darkness of Winter and head towards the brightness of Spring, it’s time to create a sense of lightness and clarity within ourselves too. Fasting, strictly detoxing or other harsh strategies aren’t always suitable for everyone, especially if you have a busy schedule and require a lot of energy and vibrancy to get through the week. SO, a gentle cleanse including whole foods, spices, and wholesome, healthy meals can be a wonderful way to re-set the body and mind.
With their high fibre content, antioxidants, and ability to gentle detox the liver, apples are a simple but secretly super fruit. Combining them with spices can help enhance digestion and the break down of toxins even further, and adding a healthy fat like coconut oil or traditionally Ayurvedic ghee actually allows the body to absorb the benefits of the spices. Along with its ability to help the body get back into balance, this recipe can also help naturally balance blood sugar, boost digestion and curb cravings. Try this recipe for yourself, then swap some of the ingredients for your favourite low sugar fruits and stimulating spices.
To learn more about Ayurvedic Springtime health, read THIS blog post.
(serves 2 as a breakfast, or save it as your go-to snack throughout the week)
- 1 tsp ghee or coconut oil
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp fennel seeds
- ½ inch fresh ginger, finely chopped
- 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
- pinch of black pepper
- 4 organic apples, cored and chopped into small similar sized pieces
- a small amount of water
- Honey or an alternative sweetener (optional)
Add 1 tsp of ghee or coconut oil to a pot on a high heat
Briefly temper the ghee with finely chopped fresh ginger and all the other spices (other than the cinnamon stick)
Once you can hear the ghee sizzling, add the sliced apple pieces and stir well to coat the apples
Add enough water ot just about cover the apples and bring to a simmer
Turn the heat down low and leave to simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the apples have softened and most of the liquid is gone
Take off the heat and serve hot with a small amount of the liquid, or leave to cool and eat throughout the week. Stir in honey or an alternative sweetener if desired.
Other than being consumed by themselves as a gentle ay to detox this season, the stewed apples are delicious with organic yoghurt, vegan ice cream, and a sprinkling of nuts or granola.