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Honey Lemon Ginger: A hot drink for cold & flu season

For the last few days I’ve been drinking a lot of hot Honey Lemon Ginger drinks as I’ve been fighting a cold and sore throat. It’s one of my favorite cold-weather drinks which also makes a refreshing summertime sipper when chilled.

Hot Honey Lemon Ginger Drink

Because this easy drink is such a big part of my diet every winter, I thought it fitting to share here on the blog.

Honey, lemon, and ginger are supposed to have medicinal properties, and though I’ve never researched it, I can say that this drink is our go-to solution for colds and flu. The strength of the fresh ginger and lemon help clear out the sinuses and loosen congestion, and the honey adds necessary sweetness while soothing the throat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon, halved
  • 1 inch piece fresh Ginger, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp Honey

Instructions:

  1. Heat two mugs of water until almost boiling.
  2. Using a microplane* or other fine grater, grate the ginger and divide between the two mugs.
  3. Squeeze ½ fresh lemon into each mug.
  4. Stir in 1 Tbsp honey.

*If you don’t have a microplane or grater, you can pulverize the ginger with a little bit of water in a blender or food processor.

It’s really that easy! If you have other cold-weather drinks, feel free to share in the comments!

Homemade Almond Milk: A tasty, healthy snack

Have you ever tried pureeing almonds in your blender?  Oh my gosh, the resulting homemade almond milk is so much tastier than that stuff in the soy milk aisle at the grocery.  I love making a few batches and then storing them in the fridge for a quick snack or meal replacement.  It’s low in sugar, high in protein, and super healthy all around.

Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 C Water
  • 1 C Almonds
  • Splash of Maple Syrup
  • Dash Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Vanilla Bean, or a dash Vanilla Extract

1. Put all the ingredients except the vanilla bean into the blender.  Then slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the blender. (If using extract, just pour in.)

2. I use my reconditioned Vitamix blender, so I set it to Smoothie cycle and that’s it.  If you are using a regular blender, just blend carefully until smooth.

3. This is the part where a lot of people strain it through a nut-milk bag to get it thin and smooth.  However, I prefer to drink it as-is, with the thick texture of the pulverized nuts. It’s kind of like a smoothie.

Low sugar diet?  Adjust sweetener of choice to taste. Or use a few dates.  Or honey, or agave, or whatever floats your boat.  Heck, you could omit it entirely if you need to.

Shelf Life: I keep mine for up to 4 days in the fridge, but it’s usually gone before then. :) I don’t know the official shelf life for homemade nut milks.

PS: I use the Vitamiz

Strawberry Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail

I recently came up with a fun and easy champagne cocktail, and when I realized that Valentine’s day was right around the corner – I thought I should share it with you! I tried to photograph it, and I’m so sorry but apparently my photos aren’t that fabulous. Trust me, though. The cocktail itself is fab.
Strawberry Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail

Mix It Up:

1 tbsp strawberry puree
1/2 tsp Absolut Hibiscus vodka
lemon zest or twist
1 glass dry champagne

  1. If you don’t have a citrus zester tool, you can use the veggie peeler to snag a twist of lemon peel. Place the peel in the glass.
  2. Add the strawberry purée and the hibiscus vodka.
  3. Slowly pour the champagne into the glass. Careful! If you pour too fast it may bubble over.

And there you have it: An easy but fancy cocktail that’s good for Valentine’s Day – or any other day!