Light, nutritious TLC for your stress hormones

This crisp recipe bursting with raw plant nutrients will give you a light feeling on many levels. It’s amazingly rich in vitamin C from the raw vegetables, in particular red cabbage. This is one of the main nutrients required by your adrenal glands – the walnut-sized glands responsible for producing cortisol and other hormones which allow you to cope better with stress.

Red cabbage contains significantly more protective phytonutrients than green cabbage. One recent study showed that short-cooked and raw cabbage displayed cancer-preventive properties.

Onion is a member of the Allium family, and is rich in sulphur-containing compounds which give it its distinctive aroma. It is a fantastic source of polyphenols, in particular quercetin, which has been shown to promote the healing of stomach ulcers and slow down the multiplication of cancer cells.

Serves 2


175g red cabbage

175g green cabbage

150g carrots

½ large red onion

1 chilli, finely sliced

Large bunch coriander, roughly chopped

Sesame seeds (optional)

Baby gem lettuce


2 tbsp peanut or almond butter

2 tbsp tamari sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

Juice of ½ lime


  • Finely slice red and green cabbage and onions. Put into a large mixing bowl.
  • Grate or julienne carrots and add to the bowl, mix well.
  • Place all dressing ingredients into a jam jar and mix together well.
  • Pour into the salad and mix well.
  • Add chopped coriander and chilli, season, mix.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve in baby gem leaf wraps.