Cranberries help protect against UTIs, have anti-inflammatory benefits and can boost oral health, i.e., help prevent dental problems like gingivitis.
- ¼ cup pure, unsweetened cranberry juice
- Juice from ½ orange
- Juice from ½ lime
- Sparkling water or club soda
- Sprig of mint (garnish)
- 1/5 t raw honey (optional)
Method: Combine cranberry, orange and lime juice and add sparkling water. Garnish with a mint leaf. Serves 1.
Turmeric Hot Toddy
Turmeric is a wonder spice. Turmeric helps with arthritis, has one of the highest levels of anti-inflammatories properties and is somewhat of a natural painkiller.
- 2 cups water
- 2 inch fresh turmeric, peeled
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 T maple syrup
- dash of cayenne pepper
Method: Place water, turmeric and ginger in blender until turmeric and ginger are finely shredded. Alternatively, grate the ginger turmeric. Strain thru a fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth. Or if you don’t mind the pulp, you can leave it! Add lemon juice and maple syrup to taste. Sprinkle with a dash of cayenne pepper. Serves 2.
Ginger is best known for relieving digestive problems and settling the stomach.
- 16 oz water
- 2 T maple syrup or honey
- 2 inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 teabag of choice (I like to mix two different teas)
- 1 lemon, juice – reserve a slice (regular lemon is fine)
- 1 cinnamon stick
Method: Bring water, ginger and cinnamon stick to a boil. Bring to a simmer for 3-5 minutes. Turn off heat and add the teabag, lemon juice and maple syrup and steep according to the directions of the tea, 2-3 minutes. Strain into your favorite mug. Garnish with lemon slice and cinnamon sticks. Serves 2.