Ginger Tea or Turmeric Elixir — your choice each day!

Ginger tea is incredibly tasty and healthy, and can easily be turned to turmeric elixir if you prefer to get some extra nutrients into your body with the power of turmeric! I’ll show the basic batch that you need, and then depending on your mood from day to day, you can decide how you’d like to drink it, tea or elixir! The batch is large enough to last for 1-2 weeks (depending on how often you drink this).

Turmeric Elixir

Turmeric Elixir

BASIC BATCH for Ginger Tea and Turmeric Elixir:
Ginger (amount that would be equivalent to 1 cup shredded)
1 cup honey
(or 1:1 of ginger to honey)

Turmeric Elixir additional ingredients:
1/2 lemon
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
dashes of black pepper

1. Peel ginger, then use food processor to shred the ginger to the finest pieces that you can.
2. Pour the honey and the ginger into a bowl and mix.
3. Keep refrigerated.

Directions:

Ginger Tea
1. Add 2 spoonfuls of the mixture, then fill the cup with water (hot or cold, your choice)

Turmeric elixer:
1. Same step as above
2. Make lemon juice using a citrus squeezer and add to cup
3. Add turmeric
4. Add a dash of black pepper
5. Drink! Intermittently mix the drink to prevent ingredients from settling on the bottom.

You may wonder why I add the black pepper to my elixir since that is not part of a typical turmeric elixir that you find in stores. This is because studies have shown that including black pepper when you eat turmeric increases the turmeric’s bioavailability significantly. So even though it may not add to the taste, it definitely is worth it for the health benefits! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do 🙂

Matcha Green Milk Tea

I love boba (bubble / tapioca milk tea). However, since I’ve been on my healthier living track, I’ve limited my boba intake. When I do order boba, I try to get it as healthy as possible. My typical order at the register: “Milk green tea, with no boba, no sugar, and less ice.” Sometimes, I’ll bring my own stevia packets to sweeten it with myself with a healthier sugar.

I got this idea from a farmers’ market vendor this past weekend. Matcha green milk tea! Very yummy and antioxidant rich!

1/2 tsp organic matcha green tea powder (I really like DoMatcha brand)
1 cup organic almond milk
Sips of hot water
agave or stevia

Mix the matcha tea powder with the little bit of hot water to blend the powder. Then add in the milk and blend. Add a touch of agave or stevia for a slight sweetness.

Why I keep these ingredients around in my life:

-Matcha green tea: Green tea already is known for being high in antioxidants. Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.

Citrus Green Smoothie

This is my favorite green smoothie. I originally had this smoothie at a cafe while vacationing. I loved it so much, that I ordered that smoothie almost everyday for the remainder of the trip. I’ve been making my own version at home since then.

Makes 2 cups

Handful of organic kale, stems removed
Handful of organic spinach
1 organic banana
2 organic oranges, juiced
Ice (more or less to your liking)

Place all ingredients in blender, and blend!

Kiwi Lemonade

I recently had fantastic fresh kiwi lemonade at a restaurant. It was so good, I wanted to try to replicate it at home. Here’s my version.

Makes 2 cups

1 lemon
1 lime
1 kiwi
1/4 tsp stevia (can  use more for sweeter taste)
Sparkling water

1. Using a citrus juicer, juice lemon and lime.
2. Skin kiwi, chop. Use food processor to process until kiwi is pretty fine.
3. Mix lemon juice, lime juice, processed kiwi, and stevia
4. Split mix into 2 cups, add sparkling water (400ml) into each cup

Very refreshing! My husband loves it. This is one drink that he requests to make often! Also, lemon and lime are great for alkalizing your body.

Greens-Apple Juice

I try to make it a goal to keep juicing as part of my lifestyle. Albeit, I do it sporadically based on my busy work schedule now, I still try to…especially after watching “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” Documentary. It’s an easy way to get your daily dose of raw greens. This is my staple go-to. And of course, I always drink it out of my green M&M mug =)

1 organic apple (I like granny-smith ones since I heard it’s lower in GI compared to others)
1 long organic broccoli stalk
handful of organic kale

Comments on Final Outcome:
Simple ingredients, and yet so healthy for you. The apple adds enough sweetness so that it’s easier to get down if you don’t like the pure taste of greens (like me!).

Almond Awesomeness

I wanted to try something basic as my first raw cooking experience, so I made fresh almond milk! I’ve found numerous almond milk recipes, using different water base, sweeteners, or almond ratio. I opted for a simpler recipe since I wanted unsweetened milk.

I used raw organic almonds and water (2:5 ratio) and a little bit of vanilla extract. I blended everything together and then sieved the almond milk with a nut milk bag, and viola — I had myself some fresh almond milk!

After making almond milk, you have a lot of almond pulp left over, and that can be used for other raw recipes!

The first time, I used the almond pulp to make banana cinnamon bread. I just mixed the almond pulp, some bananas, and cinnamon in a food processor, then dehydrated it. The end result — raw, flourless, sugarless yummy bread! (I forgot to take a picture of the bread to showcase!)

The second time I made almond milk, I dehydrated the almond pulp, which ultimately made almond flour. I plan to use this to make some raw desserts in the future.

There’s so much you can do with almonds! Hence, the title: almond awesomeness!

 

Comments on Final Outcome:
I enjoy the simple taste of fresh almond milk. I was thinking of experimenting with other recipes but I think I’ll just stick to the first one I used.
I liked the banana cinnamon bread, but I had such a big batch that I couldn’t eat it all, and then it went bad after a few days.

My reason for keeping this ingredient around in my life:
(I  will have this subsection every time I present a new ingredient in a post. This is also to help remind myself of its importance)

Ounce for ounce, almonds are the one of the most nutritionally dense nuts. They have twice the amount of antioxidants with their skins on, and they’re among the richest source of vitamin E in the diet. They’re also good blood sugar regulators.