In honour of the fact that everyone seems to be sick right now—including my kids—I have decided to feature a recipe that I first saw on the blog, The Crushing Cancer Kitchen. Which is one of my favourite blogs out there. Code for: you should definitely check it out—if you haven’t already.
Before I go off on a tangent on how awesome The Crushing Cancer Kitchen is, I’d better jump right into it.
This delicious and soothing tea recipe calls for fresh turmeric, which—as it turns out—is incredibly hard to find when you live in Tsawwassen. Unfortunately our local grocery stores can sometimes be lacking when it comes to “out of the norm” products, (like fresh turmeric) so sadly it was not available. That said, you can purchase it at Whole Foods in Vancouver, as well as smaller organic grocers like, Organic Acres Market on Main Street.
I however was not able to make the trek into city when I wanted to make this recipe, so I was S**t out of luck. Or so I thought.
Just when I was about to hunt down another cold fighting tea recipe, my friend Kelly showed up at my door with a bag full of, you guessed it, FRESH TURMERIC! You I’m sure can imagine my surprise when this happened. Talk about women’s intuition, hey?!
Anyways, Kelly had ordered a bunch of fresh turmeric from SPUD. Which of course was good news for me. If you haven’t order from SPUD yet, I highly recommend it. They often carry hard to track produce, (like turmeric) for about the same price as you could get it in the grocery store. Best part? They deliver it to your door.
Moving right along, now that I had the ingredients that I needed, I took to the kitchen to prepared my first batch of turmeric and ginger tea. And let me tell you, it was worth the wait.
This tea has SO MANY nutritional benefits—
- It has anti-inflamatory effects
- Is high in vitamin C
- Loaded with flavanoids
And, can “work wonders if you feel a cold coming on.” As the author of this recipe, Dana McIntyre states.
Try it out for yourself, and be sure to check out the crushingcancerkitchen.com for more great recipes like this one.
PS – the other morning I used the ingredients in this tea to make kid-friendly smoothies for my kids. I highly recommend doing the same if you have young ones, as the tea is a bit too strong for younger palettes.
Turmeric Ginger Tea
- 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp fresh turmeric, thinly sliced
- 1 Navel Orange, juiced and half of the zest
- 1 Lemon, juiced and half of the zest
- A couple of grinds of black pepper (helps your body absorb the turmeric better)
- 1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 4 cups filtered water
- Simmer the ginger and turmeric in the water for 5 minutes or so.
- Add the citrus zest and steep for another couple of minutes
- Squeeze the juices and divide between two heat-proof glasses or mugs.
- Pour the tea over the top, crack some pepper on top and stir in the oil.
Note: The prep, (the slicing, zesting, juice squeezing) can all be done the night before to take the pressure off the morning 😉