Many people in a cancer journey find their taste buds and appetites are tainted. This simple cleanser not only freshens up the palate with its apple and mint combo, but it also soothes the stomach with its ginger component. Plus, the added spirulina provides a little burst of much-needed energy, not to mention other health-inducing properties.
Sometimes peeling and grating ginger root can be tedious. An easy way is to peel and grate and freeze. Simply hold a large knob in your palm and scrape off peel with a spoon. Run it through a microplane grater and shape mounds of grated ginger root into teaspoon-sized (5 mL) portions on a tray. Freeze, and then transfer portions into an airtight container. Can be frozen for up to 4 months.
1 Granny Smith apple
1 cup (250 mL) cold filtered spring water
1 in (2.5 cm) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
2 Tbsp (30 mL) fresh mint leaves
Juice from 1 lime
1 tsp (5 mL) spirulina powder
1/2 cup (125 mL) cold sparkling water
Agave syrup (optional)
Core and slice unpeeled apple. Place all but a couple of slices in high-speed blender. Add spring water, ginger root, mint, lime juice, and spirulina powder. Whirl at high speed until mixture is fully emulsified.
Strain through fine-meshed sieve into a tall glass.
Stir in sparkling water. Add agave to taste, if you wish. Garnish with apple slices and serve immediately.