We get Vitamin D in part through exposure to sunlight and in the UK our much needed sunlight dose runs from April to the end of September. Seasonal affective disorder [SAD] is also known as Winter depression and the symptoms can be most severe in the depth of winter December, January and February . I definitely noticed my mood decrease in November, waking up and drawing back the curtains to darkness. Freezing cold mornings and having to scrape the ice off the car windows before my daily trek to work and then driving home in the afternoon and its already dark.
If we are not getting our daily blast of sunlight because the weather is so dismal we need to get it from our food. Oily fish, egg yolks, red meat and liver are all excellent sources of Vitamin D. Foods that have been fortified with vitamin D also include orange juice, soy milk and some other dairy products.
Time to turbo boost with the first in my series of Fruit and Vegetable Juices.
POMEGRANATE AND GINGER JUICE
Pomegranates are ‘hoaching’ (Scottish word for full of!) Vitamin C and fresh ginger contains Gingerol which has anti inflammatory and antioxidant effects. So happy healthy cooking all round!
Good slice of fresh ginger
zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 cups of chilled water or fizzy water if you prefer bubbles
Cut the pomegranate in half and pick out all the seeds. I use a teaspoon or a fork.
Whizz the pomegranate seeds with the lemon juice, zest and ginger and the water in a blender and hey bingo!
Pour the juicy goodness through a sieve to remove the lumpy bits.
Serve over ice and enjoy!
You can have it to kick start your morning, take it to work or school. It will also keep well in the fridge for a few days.
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