Warming Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

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4 months is a LONG time for a hiatus from a blog and for this I truly apologize. Winter for me was really a time of hibernation, self discovery and reevaluation. And sometimes we (am I alone here?) get stuck in a food rut. Yea. It’s the truth. It happened to me. I got stuck in the red lentil soup, pasta, quesadilla for dinner rotation for most of the winter because I was pretty tired. I work outside most days of the week and it was COLD in NYC. I really focused on ramping up my rest and self care, which ended up looking like: Netflix and chillin’ on the couch with hubs and lots AND lots of sleep.

The creative juices were a little on pause but the last few weeks have given birth to something new. To be honest (wait, when am I not!?), I really needed a mental break. But a piece of me was DEFINITELY missing. When I am not in constant creation mode, I don’t really feel like ME. This was a much needed pause so I can come back with a bang πŸ˜‰

I am trying to step more fully into my cooking and try NEW things or even experiment with things I have tried outside that I want to GiMix (thanks to my friend David for this term, it’s da bomb).

I don’t know about you but this winter just made me feel puffy (compensating for the cold with a little extra puff?). I’m not big on doing smoothies in the winter (that’s just cray to me-cold in the cold?!) so I suck down hot bev’s like nobodies business. I frequented Le Pain Quotidien on some work days to grab their Honey lemon ginger tea. It’s sour, sweet, warm and just so damn cozy. But $5 for a small!? NOPE. I can make it at home for a fraction of the cost and drink it allllll day long.

The best part?

It’s delicious and the combo of lemon + ginger helps improve the metabolism, balance blood sugar, boosts the immune system while maintaining an alkaline state in the body (too much acid is no bueno).

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You can make a big batch of this stuff and store in the fridge for sipping throughout the day or week. Oh and it can either be served warm or cold. I prefer it warm of course πŸ˜‰

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Warming Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Makes 4 concentrated cups
Total time: 30 minutes (or more if you want a stronger tea)
What you need:
  • 1 knob of ginger (slice thinly, about 10-12 slices are best)
  • 2 organic lemons (organic is important because of the skin), sliced in quarters
  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • optional for serving: raw local honey or grade B maple syrup, pinch of himalayan pink salt or Celtic sea salt
How you make it:
  1. Add water and ginger slices to a pot. Heat over medium high heat until boiling.
  2. Reduce heat to medium low and add lemon slices. Let simmer for 15 minutes then cover for the remaining 15 minutes.
  3. Options for serving: strain mixture and serve with desired sweetener OR once cooled, store in a pitcher with more filtered water and drink throughout the day.

I find drinking this first thing in the morning is just as energizing as a cup of coffee. Yum, yum and YUM!

Peace, love AND NO BEEF!

Guramrit

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