A few months ago, I met up with Alexa, the amazing blogger behind Fooduzzi. We met at a local coffee shop called Big Dog Coffee in the Southside. She suggested that I get her favorite drink- a turmeric tonic. I've never had turmeric in a drink before, so I was definitely intrigued and followed her advice. I'm so glad that I did, because the tea was amazing and has been on my mind ever since!
I have been trying to come up with a recipe that is close to the original drink that I had, and I think this one comes pretty close. It's spicy and sweet and can be enjoyed hot or cold. I can't get enough of it, and I hope you enjoy it as well! Before I share the recipe, I wanted to give you a few facts about turmeric. This is a popular ingredient lately, and for good reason! There are tons of benefits of this plant, which I want to share:
Health benefits of Turmeric:- Turmeric (and ginger) can tame heartburn and an upset stomach. This is caused by the plant's ability to fight inflammation. I love to drink this at night if I have an upset stomach, and it helps me sleep much better!
- A compound in turmeric may help ward off heart attacks, delay diabetes, and fight cancer. The compound is called curcumin, and is what causes the beautiful yellow hue of turmeric.
- Since the plant has anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps relieve joint pain. I might have to try this as a natural pain reliever after races rather than taking ibuprofen!
(source for these benefits come from Huffington Post)
- Curcumin has also been proven to boost brain function, and lower risk of brain diseases. There's a growth hormone in the brain that multiplies and increases the amount of neurons in the brain (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). Some brain disorders like Alzheimer's and depression are linked to a decrease in BDNF, and curcumin can actually increase these levels.
(source - Authority Nutrition)
- Turmeric can also be used for a variety of ways in your beauty routine! I think I'm going to try out a few from this list - who doesn't want glowing skin!?
Pretty amazing, right? Now, let's get to the recipe!
Spicy Turmeric Tea
inspired by Big Dog Coffee2 cups water
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1 lemongrass tea bag (I use this one)
In a small saucepan, combine water, turmeric, ginger, pepper, cinnamon, and honey (if desired).
Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Turn off heat, add teabag and steep for 7 minutes.
Strain into a mug. If you prefer iced tea, fill a glass with ice and strain mixture over ice.
Have you tried turmeric before?
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