Friday, January 9, 2015

Immune Boosting Lemonade

Here's a lemonade that isn't filled with sugar or artificial ingredients, is packed with lots of health benefits, and will kick your weakened immune system right in the ass!


You can drink this elixir hot or cold and during whatever season you want, it's completely up to you. Year-round lemonade?... That's what I'm talkin' about! Only thing missing are the fun cups with fake lemons on the top and the super big straws that you get at carnivals.

Here's a quick explanation of ingredients in this healthful and tasty drink:

Turmeric: Turmeric mostly helps to reduce inflammation thanks to curcumin (the known active compound in turmeric). Whether you're suffering from aches and pain associated with the flu, fighting a fever, PMS'ing hard, or trying to control arthritis, turmeric can help with that. Turmeric also helps to cleanse the liver.

Ginger: Ginger has long been known for its anti nausea effects, but it's also big on fighting against inflammation, as well as boosting the immune system. Ginger has antimicrobial properties, is a strong antioxidant, helps eliminate congestion, eases throat pain, inhibits production of cytokines that cause pain and swelling.... the list goes on and on, seriously!

Lemons: Full of vitamin C and antioxidants, fresh lemons are known to boost the immune system and purify the blood. Lemons also stimulates phase-2 liver detoxification to get those nasty bugs out of you.

Raw honey: Raw honey is honey that has never been pasteurized, heated, or processed in any way. It's straight from the bees. Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties (don't those words just scream "anti-illness" to you?). It's full of live enzymes and vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants that will keep you healthy while also satisfying your taste buds.

It's the bees knees.
(Get it? I made a joke.)

Here's the recipe to my immune boosting lemonade


Ingredients:

3 organic lemons, washed
1/3 C freshly grated turmeric (this was 1 large piece of turmeric about 4" long )**
1/2 C freshly grated ginger (it was a large nob about 5" long and about 2" thick)**
10-12 C water
1/3-1/2 C raw honey (preferred) or grade C or D maple syrup as an alternative

Optional: Recently, Mega Food came out with a new line of products they like to call "boosters". I've added the Daily C-Protect into this lemonade for additional anti-oxidants and vitamins and it was a big success! I suggest using about 3 scoops in this recipe.

**Note: I didn't bother peeling the ginger or turmeric because all of it was organic. If you don't have or can't find organic ginger and turmeric, make sure to peel before you grate to reduce pesticide exposure!

Keep in mind that this "recipe" is more of a guideline. It doesn't need to be exact amounts. You can use a little more or less of whatever you'd like. Just try not to go overboard on the honey or maple syrup. You need to boost your immune system, not get a sugar high!

Directions:

Pour the water into a large saucepan. Take the 3 lemons and zest with a microplane (or the fine side of a cheese grater).

Juice the lemons and add to large saucepan. Add lemon zest, grated ginger, and turmeric to saucepan and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Here's another option: If you have cheesecloth on hand, cut a large piece off and place the turmeric, ginger, and lemon zest in the middle. Fold cheese cloth together and tie in a knot. Throw it in the pot and follow the same instructions.

Once you've removed the lemonade from heat, add the raw honey or maple syrup and stir until combined. If you are adding the Mega Food Daily C-Protect, add the 3 scoops in now.

Once finished simmering, strain and pour into a large glass container (this filled 2, 1 quart Mason jars perfectly).

Enjoy, friends!

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  2. nice recipe for immune boosting lemonade. Regards from Tangki Fiberglass

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