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 😉
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).
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 😉
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:
- Add water and ginger slices to a pot. Heat over medium high heat until boiling.
- Reduce heat to medium low and add lemon slices. Let simmer for 15 minutes then cover for the remaining 15 minutes.
- 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!