New Year, new you? Kiss your overeating holiday woes goodbye and refresh your system with this brewed from scratch, detox tea. It’ll soothe your throat, kick nausea to the curb and just plain tastes delicious!
I was cozied up on the couch underneath my favorite light green woven blanket. Even though all the windows and doors were closed the chill of winter was coursing through every bone in my body. As I tried to regain some semblance of human warmth I heard a loud “Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit” coming from the other room.
It’s Tim’s monthly ritual to say this at the beginning of every month for good luck. On the first of the year however his proclamation is full of gumption, promise and excitement.
Following the announcement, we listed off our resolutions for the new year. They’re usually a combination of fitness and financial goals aka F + F (not sure if that’s a real thing but we’ll roll with it!). Sometimes we reach them and sometimes they’re purely aspirational.
Skip the New Year Diet Trends
We don’t put too much pressure on our resolutions but I know it’s easy to make lofty goals and get caught up in what you “should” be doing. Especially this time of year when ads, commercials and the google bots are inundating you with messaging about getting thin and trim. It can be overwhelming! If I’ve learned anything from losing that lingering 20 lbs from cubicle living, it’s that fad diets DON’T work.
If you want to feel better, eating real food is the only way to go. And if you need a little extra push, it’s great to supplement your clean eating with warm, digestion friendly drinks like this ginger lemon tea with honey or sipping bone broth.
Quick Plug for Bone Broth: Bone broth simmers slowly and contains plenty of natural gelatin that helps tremendously with digestion. It’s got a richer, deeper flavor than regular chicken or beef stock, which makes it ideal for sipping. I like to add turmeric, cayenne and a bit of coconut oil to my mug before popping my midday bone broth into the microwave. It’ll warm your soul on cold days like these.
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Benefits of Lemon and Ginger
Lemon and ginger are pretty much nature’s cure alls. They fix all types of ailments and when they’re mixed together in this ginger lemon tea with honey, they’re essentially superheroes!
Some perks include:
- Soothing sore throats
- Decreasing nausea
- Aiding with belly bloat
- Immune system boosting
What should you eat with this tea?
Juice and tea cleanses are super hyped up this time of year. While they can be a great reset for your system, please be careful with these cleanses.
My PSA: Unless your doctor says you can’t eat solid foods, please don’t do a juice cleanse without eating a little something too.
It’s true that you’ll feel lighter if you skip all your meals, but you’ll also feel light headed pretty quickly, so it’s a win lose situation. Skipping meals will also make you irritable and you’ll undoubtedly bloat back up once you start eating normally again, #ugh.
Vegetarian dinners, light fish dishes, entree salads and dairy free meals are a great meal options to try with this home brewed, detox tea.
Some delicious recipes to eat with this ginger lemon tea with honey:
- Frittata Muffins
- Refreshing Grapefruit, Avocado and Kale Salad
- Roasted Apple Salad with 1-Minute Shallot Dressing
- Fig and Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
- Turmeric Baked Tilapia
- Creamy Vegan Sweet Potato Soup
- 2 lemons, cut in fours
- 1 ginger root, 5-6 inches long cut in chunks (you can leave the skin on)
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 4 1/2 cups filtered water
- 1-2 tbs honey optional for sweetening when tea is ready
- Place lemons, ginger root, thyme and filtered water in a pot. Turn burner to medium heat and let ingredients simmer for 20 minutes. Let sit for 10 additional minutes with the burner off to let the flavors steep.
- Use a strainer to separate the tea from the fruit and herbs. Pour into a mug and stir in honey to your liking or enjoy unsweetened.
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