Cleansing and Energising Go-To Drinks

No matter how hard we try, the best of New Year intentions tend to go by the wayside at this point in time. That’s why I’m a fan of the ‘moderation not deprivation’ approach and whilst a little of what you fancy won’t do you fancy harm, it’s also important to look after your energy levels and digestive system too. This is why I love having a green juice a few times a week as I feel that I’m going something good for me and definitely feel better for it afterwards.

Green Juice


Celery and cucumber are perhaps two of the world’s most detoxifying and regenerating vegetables, along with some lemon juice, this trio helps to alkalize the system. Plus some apple for a touch of sweetness. I’m not hard-core enough for just veggie smoothies, yet!

The ingredients here have a list of benefits as long as my arm, from improving liver function to aiding digestion and relieving water retention. Fresh juices always give me a boost and make instantly healthier.

Prep Time: 5 mins   |   Serves: 1


  • A handful of mint
  • ½ cucumber
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 apples
  • Juice of 1 lemon

You will need a juicer / good blender for this recipe


  1. Blend your mint (I know it sounds strange, but if you juice the mint first, the ingredients that follow have more water and will help push the mint through your blender away from the blades!
  2. Blend all the remaining ingredients until a smooth consistency
  3. Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh mint and serve on ice

Fresh Ginger Tea


Fresh ginger and lemon in hot water brewed into a tea is another fantastic addition to the diet that can help to strengthen the immune system.

Prep Time: 5 mins   |   Serves: 1


  • 1 piece of ginger with root
  • Honey (Manuka if possible)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Cayenne pepper


  1.  Grate a whole root of ginger – watch your fingers – and add a teaspoon of honey (Manuka if you can), along with the juice of a whole lemon and a whole orange.
  2. Bring to the boil for 40 mins in a pan of water (I use half hot half cold to give it a head start) When the water has reduced by half and the tea is quite spicy it’s ready.
  3. Strain the liquid to remove all the bits and serve.
  4. Add cayenne for an extra kick and it’s a metabolism booster too.

Other Juice Ideas


Orange, grapefruit and ginger for a winter Vitamin C boost. Whenever I feel the slightest whiff of a cold coming on, I make one of these juices, and if I’m feeling brave will have a shot of pure ginger juice, which others I know swear by and have every morning of the year. You can add carrot to this recipe too if you want an extra helping of Vitamin A.

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