Start your day off right with a glass of spicy, sweet tangerine turmeric tonic.
This little tonic has been a saving grace for me these past few weeks. It’s what I’ve been sipping to put some spring back in my step, and with many a sleepless night while battling a nasty winter bug that knocked me out for the better part of a week I’ve very much been in need. So I offer this to you today if for whatever reason you too could use a pick me up.
Whether you feel under the weather or just want to keep everything running in tip top shape, you’ll want to add this to your morning routine, and you don’t even need a juicer to make it.
This spicy and tart wellness tonic is packed with loads of immune boosting and anti-inflammatory ingredients. While each is well worth consuming on its own, together they create a tasty tonic that’s easy to drink and overflowing with good-for-you properties.
The base of the tonic is a combination of fresh turmeric and ginger root, both known for their anti-inflammatory prowess. The spicy heat of ginger pairs well with the earthy taste of turmeric. To that I add apple cider vinegar and Manuka honey. The sweetness of the honey balances the tartness of the vinegar, and while any raw honey will do Manuka honey (from New Zealand) is especially powerful thanks to its enhanced anti-bacterial abilities.
Last is a good dose of vitamin C in the form of tangerine and lime juice. The sweet/tart taste of tangerine and lime echoes the flavor of the apple cider vinegar and honey, rounding out the tonic with a fresh citrus taste.
Fresh, spicy and bright, this golden elixir is fortifying stuff.
Not to be overlooked and just as important as all the other ingredients here is clean filtered water. Now you may have noticed before that whenever I call for water in a recipe, I always call for filtered water, and that’s because it does make a difference, it not only tastes better, but it’s better for you.
A good quality filter will remove by-products of tap water disinfection (like chlorine) along with lead, bacteria and viruses while retaining healthy needed minerals. And while bottled water maybe convenient, many are just purified and bottled tap water, resulting in more plastic being dumped in already over-full landfills, so in the long-run a good home water filtration system is cheaper and more environmentally friendly as well.
The one I use is this Pelican 3-Stage Under-Counter Water Purification System. I like the under counter model because it gives me good tasting, clean, healthy water for cooking and drinking, with the convenience of a faucet. The faucet makes it fast and easy to wash fruits and vegetables, and fill up pots and pans while cooking. Unlike traditional water filter pitchers where water slowly trickles out, the water flows fast from the tap. The taste is crisp and clean and very refreshing, I use it for teas and tonics like this one as well as soups and whenever a recipe calls for water.
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