Over this past year, I have become a big fan of juicing. I used to be a pure smoothie person, knowing that using a blender (or my favorite–the vita-mixer) was the best way to keep the fiber and avoid the sugar spike that pure juices can give you. I might have been a bit of a smoothie-snob. But with all of the tropical fruit that we grow, I was striking out on blending some things…and I finally realized that some things are just better juiced!
So I’ve finally found a happy place for both blending and juicing. A middle ground. Compromise. (It’s good when we all can get along…)
My favorite things to juice: Carrots, apples, beets, pomelos (large star fruit that we grow,) and starfruit. Anything that is too fibrous or grainy to taste good in a smoothie. This time of the year there are so many good citrus fruits available that are so good for fighting colds and flus–it’s a great time to be juicing!
Our latest obsession? Juicing GINGER!
This winter, Dave and I have been on a big ginger kick. You might remember back in November, when I wrote about how I was being a big baby because I had my first head cold in years?…and how I tried a ginger tonic from our local coffee shop…and how that led to my love affair with ginger…and then I made that baked gingerbread oatmeal? Well the ginger obsession just didn’t go away. One thing led to another, until a few weeks ago I found myself standing in my kitchen with a Costco supply of Hawaiian ginger, some lemons off our tree, honey, and the juicer.
And it totally worked. Like magic.
Dave and I have been drinking hot ginger tonic, morning noon and night. I keep it in a Mason jar to give it a good shake shake shake before I pour. We just give it a quick heat up in the microwave, but you could also warm it up on the stovetop.
It’s equally amazing on crushed ice, but since it’s (brrrr 58 degrees!) winter here at night, we love the soothing warmth of the warm tonic these days. And if you’ve got any kind of cold or sore throat, you’ll find this the most soothing drink in the world!
Find the printable recipe below!
PS> side note: IF you don’t have a juicer, you can make an easy ginger tea by placing a one-inch piece of ginger root in a pot of hot water with a cinnamon stick for about ten minutes. Sweeten to taste and you’ll love it!
Ginger Tonic: Hot or iced
- Juice from a piece of ginger root about 4-6 inches long should make 1/3 to 1/2 cup of juice
- Juice from a lemon or lime
- 2 quarts filtered water
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup honey to taste
- Clean and remove skin (optional) from a 4-6 inch piece of ginger and follow juicer directions to juice it.
- Add to a 2 quart pitcher of filtered water
- Add juice from lemon or lime
- Add honey, and mix well.
- Note: Best to start with less ginger and honey and then add more to taste after it is combined.
Just a reminder, in case you need more convincing….
Health benefits of ginger!? WebMD suggests that ginger is beneficial for all kinds of stomach issues, as an anti-inflammatory, pain-reducer, and more. Ginger has been used for at least 2000 years around the world for both medicinal and cooking.
Also, This article is packed full of the uses and benefits of lemon in your water. I learned a few news things myself! 😉
Let me know what you love to juice, or blend…And always let me know if you try my recipes and love them. (or hashtag #thegrommom if you instagram something you try from my site!)
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