Friday, February 21, 2014

Strawberry Fields Forever Smoothie

I've made a lot of juices, and I've always loved the green stuff, but I had never thought of throwing some decorative floating strawberries on a smoothie to brighten it up, since I'm usually juicing for only myself these days. I hope that changes soon so I have a reason to serve these! 

Makes 2: 

Yield: 2 servings
  • 3 cups cashew or nondairy milk of your choice
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 small orange, peeled
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1⁄2 cups loosely packed spinach
1. In high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Grunge Cookbook's Ginger Detox Tea

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For my last detox-themed recipe of the month I thought it would be best to share my variation on homemade ginger tea. This is my favorite tea to start off the morning, especially during these winter months. It will warm and wake you immediately. Ginger has been used as a homeopathic remedy for many years. Its ability to aid digestion makes it perfect for a detox recipe. Cayenne extract mixes nicely into the tea and is known to increase your metabolism. You should be able to find it in a local natural foods shop. I recommend using whole spices for this recipe to keep the tea clear and easy to drink.
detox ginger tea ingredients
Detox Tea Recipe
Fresh Ginger Root
Cinnamon Sticks
Whole Cloves
Cayenne Extract
Fresh Lemon
ginger detox tea
To make one mug full, start by heating 12oz of water in a small pot. While you’re waiting for the water to boil start peeling approximately 2oz of ginger root. Slice the peeled root into thin strips for more surface area. Add the sliced ginger, 1 cinnamon stick and 2 cloves to the water and bring to a boil. Let the ingredients simmer for 15-20 minutes or longer if you would like a stronger flavor. Discard the cloves and ginger when finished but save the cinnamon stick for your next cup. Stir in 1 to 3 drops cayenne extract (depending on how spicy you would like your tea to be), 1 teaspoon honey, and juice from ½ lemon. Pour the tea into your favorite mug and enjoy!
ginger detox tea
I find that as I get older, and as I travel and play music, I am more sensitive to the various cultural differences in food. Not to mention, if I'm in places where people drink heavily -- pretty much all of Europe! I tend to get a little fatigued after a few weeks of trying to keep up with my Irish friends who have two beers by lunchtime and my Italian friends who drink wine starting in the early evening! I realized this last time I traveled and almost fell one night, that I better keep up my strength! So I really do to implement this into my winter regime. Be well friends!