The fun of summer holidays is over. The BBQs have been put away. Long days of eating ice cream are well and truly behind us. Time to get back into a normal routine. If all that summer fun has left your
Digestion, bowels, stools. We know. Not subjects people like to talk about. But we really should as it’s so important. Keeping your bowels healthy has far-reaching effects on your overall health. From lowering cholesterol to balancing hormones. Controlling weight to glowing skin. Happy bowels mean happy people.
Fennel has long been used to calm the stomach too1. The apple cider vinegar and mint in this recipe also calm the digestive system. The vinegar supports your natural stomach acid; necessary to help break down the fibrous veg, while mint eases indigestion. A pretty clever little combo of ingredients.
Tip: This will last in the fridge for 24-48 hours, so it’s a great to make a large amount and take to work for lunch the next day. Ros’s
What you need
- ¼ red cabbage (approx. 200g)
- 1 fennel bulb (approx. 100g)
largehandful mint (approx. 50g)
- 50g raisins
For the dressing
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
Start by making the dressing. Place the
Next, stir in the honey along with a generous grind of salt and pepper. Once finished it should be the consistency of thin single cream. Set aside while you prepare the vegetables.
Start by shredding the cabbage. If you have a mandolin, set this to its thinnest setting. Place the flat side of the cabbage against the mandolin. Slice the cabbage down
To prepare the fennel, slice the stalks off the top. If the
Now pour the dressing into the bowl. Toss thoroughly to ensure all the vegetables are well coated. It’s easiest to do this with your hands. Give the cabbage and fennel a little massage to break it down.
If you kept some fennel fronds, cut these up finely. Pull the mint leaves off their stalks. Roll them up and finely slice into strips. Add the herbs to the bowl along with the raisins. Gently stir.
Divide between two plates. Serve alone for a light meal or with grilled salmon or tofu for something more filling.
ValussiM. Functional foods with digestion-enhancing properties. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. 2012; 63 (S1) :82–9.