After a wonderfully successful 2017, which we highlighted in our 2017 – A Year in Review post, here we are back to start a new year and excited to begin sharing wholesome and fresh recipes with you! Does anyone else feel fat and over-sugared and overall has a sort of gross uncomfortable feeling in his/her stomach? Do the words “detox”, “cleanse”, “healthy” and “green” fill you with hope and gladness? Well, you’re not alone. While Christmas and New Year’s were lovely times filled with family and friends, as much as we tried to keep our eating in check, somehow no matter all our efforts, we fell into the trap of over-eating, eating too much sugar and not enough fresh fruits and vegetables (if you’ve managed to escape this “Bermuda triangle” phenomena, please let us know your secret). The new year is definitely the time to re-focus on nutritious recipes that will get us back on track and make us feel vibrant and energetic once more.
Before we share our first recipe of 2018, I wanted to note that A Pinch of Yum is hosting a Sugar-Free January, encouraging you to eliminate refined sugar from your diet for 30 days. White sugar is linked to a host of health issues including tooth decay, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and cancer, so eliminating it or even reducing it as much as possible will only make your body thank you. While most sweeteners should only be used in moderation, some acceptable substitutes are:
- maple syrup
- brown rice syrup
- date sugar
- blackstrap molasses
For an even more healthy alternative, you can try to incorporate applesauce into your baking. This challenge is being kept rather open and flexible …… reducing intake is most important so do what you can, but also try to challenge yourself as well.
And so since we’ve felt overfed and over-sugared these last weeks, we’ve decided to make our first recipe of 2018 a beverage, but one filled with nutritious and healthy spices. Our Citrus Turmeric Detox Drink will not only give you much needed vitamins and minerals, but will help cleanse your body of the overindulgence of the holidays.
Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, improves digestion and helps lower cholesterol
Ginger: also an anti-inflammatory and aids in digestion, it boosts the immune system and warms the body to kill or ward off colds and flu
Lime or Lemon juice: with its high amounts of vitamin C, it has high amounts of antioxidants which protect against free-radical damage in the body. Its acidity also aids the liver with bile production which improves digestion and absorption of nutrients. It also has an alkalizing effect inside the body.
Cinnamon: like other ingredients in this recipe, it is anti-inflammatory, contains high levels of antioxidants, lowers cholesterol and also lowers blood sugar levels, aids in cognitive function, and protects against tooth decay, along with many other benefits.
Cayenne: can boost your metabolism and aid in weight loss, helps prevent blood clots, fights colds and flu, and a host of other positive effects.
You can strain the liquid if you want to, removing the ginger and turmeric pieces, but I drink it all to get the maximum health benefits. Dried turmeric can also replace the fresh, if needed: please see the note in the recipe.
So try this quick and easy detox drink first thing in the morning. It will leave you with a wonderfully fresh and revitalized feeling all day long!
Citrus Turmeric Detox Drink
A drink with amazing health benefits!
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, grated (see note)
- 1 tablespoon honey (preferably Manuka)
- juice of 1/2 lime (or lemon, if you prefer)
- 1 pinch cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh cinnamon, grated
- 1 cup water (or enough to fill the glass)
Put all the ingredient into a 8 oz.+ glass.
Heat water in a kettle or on the stove just until warm (not too hot or you'll destroy some of the nutrition).
Pour water into the glass until near the top.
Stir until ingredients are mixed and honey is dissolved. Let sit for a few minutes more to allow the ginger and turmeric to steep. Drink and enjoy all the health benefits!
If you don't have fresh turmeric, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric.
This recipe allows for creative flair so you can adjust the ingredients until it suits your tastes. Enjoy!
Food for Thought: “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering, ‘it will be happier’ …… ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson