Two nights ago, I had a rather large steak and pommes frites for dinner. And then I came home to eat my favorite homemade toffee that just arrived in the mail from my good friend. This was preceded by testing out all the different food vendors at the Christmas market over the weekend, which I must admit included more pommes frites. Andddd some hot chocolate cookies may have been baked and consumed.
Let’s just say I’m enjoying my favorite holiday indulgences to the fullest.
But in between indulgences, I need some healthy goodness to even it all out. So last night, I had some salmon and green veg, and today, I’m drinking my favorite detox tea. I’m not a big fan of the word detox, I prefer the word “reset,” but people seem to be loving this word…so I’ll give the people what they want as a little holiday gift. I like this tea to reset my system, get my body working as it should, and start feeling like the energetic human being I am…instead of a blob that can’t move from the couch.
One way I often reset is with simple lemon water first thing in the morning. But, some days I want something with a little more taste and even more health benefits. This detox tea combines all the health ingredients that help clear your system of that heavy food you are most likely enjoying this time of year. And all the ingredients are found in your pantry and in the grocery store, so you know what you are putting into your system (unlike those detox teas that help you lose weight by throwing in some natural laxatives- sure they may work, but then your body starts relying on laxatives – not good!). We combine ginger, lemon, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and a bit of sweetener if we please to make a delicious warm beverage.
So, if you’ve eaten too much toffee like I have, take five minutes to make yourself this tea. You will be better off because of it!
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- 1/2 inch // 1 cm fresh ginger, sliced
- Slice of lemon
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Dash of ground turmeric
- Honey or maple syrup to taste
- Boiling water
- Place all the ingredients into the loose-leaf strainer of your teapot. Pour boiling water on top, filling the teapot, and let steep for at least 8-10 minutes before serving.
- You can substitute a ginger tea bag for the fresh ginger, or fresh turmeric for the dried. Just use what you have on hand; it will still taste good even it you are missing one ingredient.