* Cayenne Pepper
All of the above spices have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help the body fight off bugs by boosting the antioxidants in our body. All of these spices (bar the garlic) are often used in conjunction together in warm drinks in the winter, and, garlic itself, adds a great flavour boost to almost any meal. Winter is a great time to start experimenting with these spices, to find your favourite warm immunity-boosting drink, that your family will enjoy and gain the many benefits from.
Below are a few I have found online, that I am going to be trying over the next few weeks:
The first two recipes have been written by Dr Drew Sinatra and can be found on the website: www.healthydirections.com
Immune-Boosting Flu Buster
1x 2-inch piece of fresh ginger
1 Tbsp. honey (raw if possible)
1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 cup of water
There are two ways to prepare the Flu Buster:
1. If you have a juice extractor, juice the apple and ginger together. Then, freshly squeeze the lemons and oranges. Combine all the contents (juice from apple/ginger, and juice from oranges/lemons, honey, turmeric, and a pinch of cayenne) into a mug and add some boiling water to taste.
2. If you have a blender, blend the apple, ginger, and one cup of hot water on high for 20 seconds. Then, strain the fibre using a fine stainless steel strainer or cheesecloth. Combine the liquid contents from the blender with freshly squeezed lemons and oranges, honey, turmeric, and cayenne. If you choose, you can warm it up on the stove to your desired temperature.
Makes 4 servings.
Garlic-Ginger Immune Booster
1 garlic clove
1x 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
½ organic lemon
1-2 tsp of honey (raw if possible)
Finely chop the garlic clove and the piece of ginger and put into a mug. Squeeze in the lemon half and pour in 1 cup boiling water. Stir in 1-2 tsp of honey to desired sweetness. Cover and let sit until it is cool enough to drink (roughly 10 minutes).
Makes 1 serving.
This recipe can be found at www.onedishkitchen.com
Healing Ginger Turmeric Cinnamon Tea
1x 1-inch ginger root, peeled, rough chopped
3 cups of water
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 pinch cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey (optional), to taste
Place the ginger in a pot and fill with the water. Bring to a boil, then add the cinnamon stick and stir in the turmeric and cayenne pepper.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
Pour the tea through a strainer into a mug.
Sweeten to taste with honey (optional).
The next two recipes can be found: www.northshore.org
Ginger and Turmeric Hot Cider
* 1 cup fresh, sweet apple cider
* 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
* 1 tsp grated fresh turmeric
* 1½-inch by ½ -inch strip lemon peel, white part included
* In a small saucepan, combine cider, ginger, turmeric and lemon peel over medium-high heat.
* Heat until a ring of bubbles appears around the edge of the pan – about 3 minutes.
* Cover the pan and set aside to steep for 5 minutes.
* Pour hot-spiced cider through a fine tea strainer into a mug.
* Serve immediately.
Warm Spiced Turmeric Milk
* 1 cup of low-fat milk (or milk substitute)
* ¾ tsp honey
* ½ tsp ground turmeric
* ¼ tsp ground cardamom
* ¼ tsp ground ginger
* 1 dash of vanilla extract
* 1 dash black pepper
* 1 pinch of ground cloves
* 1 pinch ground allspice
Warm the milk on the stovetop.
Gently whisk in remaining ingredients until dissolved.
Heat on low for an additional 3-4 minutes.
Pour mixture through a sieve then serve.
I hope you have found at least one of these recipes that grab your taste buds, and makes you drool… there are two there that appeal to me, and I am looking forward to giving a go. When I can come up with my own ‘concoction’ that the whole family enjoys, I will share it on HappyTummy, but currently, I am happy to try other peoples recipes and share them with you.