I’ve been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for years and I’ve been recommending it to my clients for quite a while as well. Although I’ve (somewhat) acquired the strong, and yes, very vinegary taste of Apple Cider Vinegar, I’m constantly talking to people about how they can cover up the powerful taste and flush it down!
I recently discovered what I call my ‘Cherry Cocktail’ - an enjoyable (and very healthy) way to drink Apple Cider Vinegar.
I wanted to share the recipe with you AND explain how beneficial the ingredients REALLY are for your health.
Here Is The Recipe for my Cherry Cocktail:
1 Tablespoon Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Raw honey
1 cup Organic Cherry Juice
4 - 8 oz. warm water
Mix 1 cup organic cherry juice and 1 Tablespoon Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar together in a large mug.
Boil 4-8 oz. warm water then mix with cherry juice and Apple Cider Vinegar.
Add 1 Teaspoon of raw honey. Stir and let melt.
Drink and enjoy!
My “Cherry Cocktail” has both Apple Cider Vinegar and cherry juice. In order to give you a complete understanding of how beneficial this cocktail will be for your health, I wanted to tell you about the health benefits of both Apple Cider Vinegar and cherry juice (plus, raw honey has some health benefits, too).
Here are just a FEW of the many benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:
According to a July 2017 article published by Healthline, there are MANY well known (but rarely talked about) health benefits to cherry juice as well. Here are the 7 cherry juice benefits outlined in the article:
As well as putting Apple Cider Vinegar and cherry juice in my Cherry Cocktail, I also add a bit of raw honey to sweeten it up.
Raw honey is pure honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed. Because raw honey is natural and unprocessed, it has not been stripped of its naturally occurring blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Raw honey is part of a balanced, healthy and nutritious diet!
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Enjoy your cocktail, and I’ll see you then!
Two days before I was leaving for our family trip to Lake Michigan (a trip we’d had planned for a year!) I started to feel a little worn down and a little “under the weather.”
I know you know what I’m talking about… That feeling you get when you KNOW you’re about to get sick. A cold or the flu is creeping up on you and you don’t quite know what to do, but you know you HAVE to do SOMETHING!
So what did I do? I turned to my trusty friends garlic and ginger and came up with an amazing concoction – it worked SO WELL for me that I just have to share it with you!
After drinking several batches of this amazing immune-boosting tea over the course of two or three days, I NEVER GOT SICK! (Seriously, ask my entire family! I felt 100% by the time we arrived on Friday evening.)
The original symptoms I experienced were low energy and a few sneezes, but it never progressed any further than that! I was able to knock it before I even had a runny nose. Thanks to this powerful drink, this girl needed NO Kleenex’s and definitely no cough drops either!
I know you know how great both garlic and ginger are so I don’t want to bog you down with too many facts, but to summarize, here are some of the reasons you should be using garlic and ginger to your advantage if you aren’t already:
Ginger has some very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known to lower blood sugar and prevent heart disease, as well as prevent indigestion, lower cholesterol and offer a powerful defense against the flu, colds AND infections!
As if that isn’t good enough already, my immune-boosting tea also has plenty of garlic in it. Garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal AND anti-parasitic. It is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B and many of the body’s most used minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. Garlic is known to be a blood purifier (trust me, we all need this). It is also known to fight off colds and the flu AND to prevent heart disease.
Still not convinced you should be utilizing both garlic and ginger? Both garlic and ginger are known to fight against certain forms of cancer. At the rate men, women AND children are being diagnosed with cancer, it’s no doubt we can ALL benefit from this amazing medicinal property!
The primary concern I’ve gotten when telling people about this tea is the taste! Trust me, I completely understand! I was slightly hesitant to try my concoction as well, afraid that it might be WAY too strong!
The good news is that it’s not – it’s actually very yummy, thanks to the cinnamon, lemon and raw honey! Believe it or not, when all the ingredients are mixed together, it actually has a bit of an apple cider taste. I know you love warm apple cider in the winter, and I have no doubt you’ll enjoy this tea as well!
Here is my Amazing Immune-Boosting Tea Recipe:
4 inches of fresh ginger, sliced thinly
2 tsp. ground cinnamon or 4 cinnamon sticks
8-10 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
4 cups water
4 organic lemons, juiced
4 tbsp. raw honey
1. In a kettle or saucepan, boil ginger, cinnamon and garlic in 4 cups of water for 15 minutes.
2. Remove from the stove and pour through strainer.
3. Immediately add juice from 4 lemons and 4 tbsp. of raw honey. Stir and melt honey.
4. Drink while it is still hot!
As fall and winter are approaching us quickly, I’d recommend putting this recipe in your back pocket! When you feel a cold or the flu coming on, don’t give in! Fight back – use these natural ingredients to protect yourself from all colds, flu AND infections!
Plus, don’t forget to have a live blood cell screening as we enter the winter months. While bikini and tank top seasons are coming to an end, it’s still important to pay close attention to your health. Don’t let yourself slack off just because you aren’t showing off your skin as much!
Come learn what you can do to have great health year-round! This is the ultimate goal, which will lead you to overall health and wellbeing! If you’re looking for more health nuggets to put in your back pocket in addition to this immune-boosting tea, I promise I can deliver just that when you make your way to my office!
I look forward to seeing you then!
In my recent blog posts, I’ve talked about the many benefits of magnesium and why it is so important to eat a diet rich in magnesium. Click here to see those posts.
Now that you have a more thorough understanding of the importance of magnesium, I want to talk to you about the different ways you can work magnesium into your everyday routine. Of course, the first way to do this is by adding magnesium-rich foods to your diet.
The following foods are known to be extremely rich in magnesium:
Because I know some of these foods might seem bland and boring and even a little challenging to cook with, I want to share a recipe with you as something to try, or if nothing else, just for ideas! Coconut Date Protein Balls are a snack I enjoy often and they have two of the above foods in them – almonds and cashews.
Coconut Date Protein Balls
½ cup raw almonds*
½ cup flaked unsweetened coconut
6 oz. Medjool dates (weigh after the pits have been removed)
½ cup raw cashews*
1 ½ tsp. unrefined coconut oil
*Note: measure the almonds & cashews before grinding them in the food processor.
Blend almonds & coconut in a food processor; add dates and blend until well chopped. Add cashews & coconut oil and blend completely.
Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the mixture into your hand & press into a ball. Freeze the protein balls on a parchment lined baking sheet until firm & transfer to a freezer bag or sealed container.
Yield: Approximately 22 protein balls
Avocados are another food rich in magnesium, but I know it can be challenging to figure out how to eat them. One way I enjoy eating avocado is cut up and placed on top a warm bowl of soup. Of course, avocado can be eaten in many other ways as well, such as sliced and eaten with fried eggs in the morning or eaten as a mid-afternoon snack.
As a mid-afternoon snack, cut an avocado in half vertically, remove the pit and put a couple scoops of salsa in the middle. This makes a fun guacamole-inspired “dip” for veggies, but is also good eaten just the way it is!
Of course, some of us are so magnesium deficient that we need a magnesium supplement in addition to eating magnesium-rich foods. For information about the importance of a magnesium supplement and the specific supplement I recommend, check your inbox later this week!
I wanted to tell you some of the benefits of eating chia seeds…
Chia seeds are a superfood rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body, and therefore, help to prevent premature skin aging as well as support the immune system.
Chia seeds are high in fiber, meaning they promote good digestion through bowel regularity. In addition, it is believed that chia seeds function as a prebiotic food, supporting the growth and development of healthy bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract. (To learn more about the importance of good gut bacteria, read my last blog post!)
Chia seeds are high in minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. These minerals support strong, healthy bones. Chia seeds are also rich in copper, sulphur, iron, iodine and zinc.
In addition to being rich in minerals, chia seeds are also rich in vitamins, such as Vitamins A, B, D and E.
Chia seeds are extremely high in protein. In fact, they are rated one of the best plant based sources of protein.
Not only do chia seeds have all these health benefits, but also they have been used for thousands of years. Chia seeds were a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia actually comes from the Mayan language and means “strength.” Aztec warriors relied on chia seeds to give them strength, increase their energy and boost their stamina. Today, many athletes use chia seeds for these same reasons!
To harness the many health benefits of chia seeds, make chia seeds part of your everyday routine! If you’re unsure how to make them a convenient part of your lifestyle, start with my chia seed pudding:
Chia Seed Pudding:
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional)
1 teaspoon raw honey
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and refrigerate overnight.
Chia seed pudding is delicious on its own, but is also a great option eaten with fruit, such as bananas and blueberries, dried fruit, or soaked nuts. It makes a great breakfast, mid-morning snack, or even lunch. Because of the high amount of protein, fat and fiber, chia seed pudding will fill you up and keep you satisfied for hours!
I hope you enjoy the recipe!
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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