Drink Yourself Healthy – Tea Recipe
My Gift to You: My Delicious Healthy Tea Recipe
Last winter when everyone in the house was coming down with colds, I looked in the fridge to see what ingredients I had on hand to make a healthy tea packed with Vitamin C, healthy minerals and, of course, Deliciousness. You can use fresh or dried ingredients. The fresher the better. Each of these ingredients has nutritional value and great taste (and tastes good enough to convince little kids to drink it!) I made up this recipe from what I had on hand. Make your own adjustments to fit your own tastes and available ingredients. Feel free to add more or less of each ingredient until you find the combination that fits you. I wait to add the honey just before serving it, which keeps the tea from being too sweet.
Use a reusable cloth tea bag (available at most cooking and tea stores) to gather all the ingredients in a nice neat package. You can slice the lemons and put them in the bottom of the pot if that’s easier than putting them in the bag. The tea bag keeps it from getting messy, so no straining is necessary. Each ingredient has a link to its nutritional values.
1 fresh Lemon – washed and sliced thin (leave skin on)
1 sprig of fresh Rosemary – washed and used whole
1 teaspoon of ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon of dried whole Cloves
1 tablespoon of fresh grated Ginger
Place all these ingredients in the cloth tea bag and secure it tightly. If you prefer, the lemon slices can be left out of the bag and put in the bottom of the hot pot.
Put the cloth bag and lemons into the hot pot and cover with boiling water. Let stand for anywhere from 20 minutes to 8 hours – if your hotpot is the kind that will keep it at near boiling temperature that long. (I make this the night before in my hotpot and have a refreshing cup of tea for breakfast.)
Serve with 1 tsp (or more) of fresh raw, organic Honey
(PS – Don’t tell your kids, but this tea is a rich source of: calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenenium, Vitamins K, E, A & C, B6, B2, thiamin, choline, niacin, and pantothenic acid. More info in the links to each ingredient. Also, honey, in addition to making this drinkable, also has Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. So it helps make this tea healthy as well. Just be sure you get the good stuff. Some “honey” in the stores is made up of a lot of corn syrup and other masking ingredients.)
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Festivus!
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