Get the new year off to a healthy start

With Liz Robin­son of Pinewood nurs­eries and farm shop

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREENSPACES -

HAPPY New Year to all our read­ers! 2015 is go­ing to be a fab­u­lous one. Thank­fully we had a suc­cess­ful Christ­mas – our Christ­mas Food or­ders went out with noth­ing more to re­port than a burst tub of dou­ble cream. Not even a child be­ing un­well in the shop 20 min­utes be­fore clos­ing on Christ­mas eve could un­nerve us.

We have guardian an­gels, in the form of past week­end girls re­turn­ing from univer­sity for ex­tra hours, who swoop in to help us to pull off this fine-tuned op­er­a­tion.

Huge thank you to Becca, Lily and Fa­tima for this.

My 16-month-old, El­lie, has suf­fered three months of a re­lent­less at­tack on her im­mune sys­tem since start­ing nurs­ery and so it has been a huge re­lief to have the shop shut for two weeks over the fes­tive pe­riod.

My hus­band and I have also suf­fered by catch­ing the bugs from her and be­ing kept up through sleep­less nights.

We are go­ing through our an­nual rit­ual of dig­ging out one of our many Brita Wa­ter Fil­ter jugs and ‘smoothie’ mak­ing ma­chines, like we do ev­ery Jan­uary, keen to detox.

There are some great sea­sonal detox smooth­ies.

I’m sure you all know the won­ders of the hum­ble beet­roots.

Great for detox­ing be­cause they are packed with fi­bre, potas­sium, folic acid and an­tiox­i­dants.

Their Be­tane helps the liver process fats.

Although ex­tremely good for you, take heed that if they are eaten alone they can ir­ri­tate your throat and make you feel nau­seas.

Com­bin­ing them with ap­ple and car­rot neu­tralises this ef­fect.

For a de­li­cious win­ter detox smoothie peel and sharply chop one small beet­root and a small car­rot.

Com­bine this with one cored ap­ple (I used rus­set – yum!), one tsp honey (I used our home pro­duced Pinewood honey) and ¾ of a cup of wa­ter. It is ab­so­lutely de­li­cious.

Or why not com­bine a cup of fresh baby spinach, ¼ of cu­cum­ber, a peeled car­rot, half and ap­ple and a quar­ter of a cup of wa­ter – again packed full of nu­tri­ents and an­tiox­i­dants.

I added a ta­ble­spoon of le­mon juice to jazz it up.

All th­ese in­gre­di­ents are avail­able at Pinewood Farm shop open seven days a week.

By the time you’ve read this I’m sure the wa­ter fil­ter and smoothie ma­chine will have al­ready been cast back to the depths of the cup­boards un­til next year!

Visit face­book.co.uk/pinewood­nurs­eries.

From hum­ble fruit and veg in a blender to nu­tri­tious detox­ing smoothie in a few blasts

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