In Recipes by Elena Langtry

Vegetables with a high water content, such as the ones in this recipe, help keep you hydrated. You might want to use organic vegetables, as they won’t contain toxic pesticides. Ideally use unwaxed lemons, too, as fruit producers spray the skin of citrus fruits with a thin layer of wax to protect them and make them shine. While this wax is safe to eat, some prefer to avoid it. If you are not sure whether or not your lemons are waxed, give them a scrub with a stiff brush and some hot water.

Find this recipe in my book, The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food.

If you do try it out I'd love to know what you think, feel free to post your images on Twitter or Instagram and tag me.

-Serves 1-2-
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 fennel bulb, or 2 celery sticks if you don’t like the aniseed flavour of fennel
  • 1 thumb’s worth of ginger
  • 1/2 unwaxed lemon
  • 1 pear
  • 100ml coconut water

1. Blitz the fruit, vegetables, ginger and lemon in a blender.

2. Top up with the coconut water.

Together, over 5 years, Alice Mackintosh and I developed recipes that put around 150 nutritional studies into practice. They’ve helped me to become more energised, less anxious, clearer thinking, more balanced and a better sleeper. Our conversations and experiments led to our book The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food.

In it, I share in detail what I have learnt about eating for happiness. By harnessing the power of food to boost my mood, not just on melancholy days, I have been able to stabilise my feelings. Nutrition has become an important element in my holistic approach to staying well.

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”