I recently discovered the most AMAZING morning drink. I read about it on one of my favorite blogs, Happy.Healthy.Life. (kblog.lunchboxbrunch.com). It’s a Goji Berry Lemon Tea and it’s fantastic. I’m completely addicted. It tastes yummy and is a great way to wake up your body, kickstart your digestion, boost your metabolism, and maintain your health. Its really quick and easy to make too.
2 cups of hot water
- Black tea
1 overflowing teaspoon of maple syrup (modified to taste)
A few dashes of cayenne pepper (modified to taste)
Pour all ingredients into you favorite mug
Sip and enjoy
Now for the fun part. Below is a description of how all these amazing ingredients help you to start each day off on a healthy note.
Goji Berries are bright orange-red berries that comes from a shrub native to China. Throughout history it has been used for to treat a number of illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure and fever. Goji berries are incredibly high in beta-carotene (higher than carrots), which when ingested gets converted into the antioxidant vitamin A. Therefore, goji berries are great immunity boosters! Antioxidants are crucial in removing free-radicals from your body which in turn helps you stay looking younger longer! Additionally, the vitamin A keeps both your eyes and your skin healthy and beautiful. In your eyes it helps prevent cataracts and eye degeneration, and supports cornea health. In your skin, vitamin A prevents inflammation and helps to build and preserve healthy skin cells. Vitamin A also helps protect against cancer and heart disease, is needed for the growth of bones and teeth, strengthens the reproductive system, is necessary for the production and regulation of hormones, and boosts energy levels. Essentially we can’t live without it. Include a healthy serving of vitamin A in your diet and you will be strong, healthy, and glowing inside and out. (Vitamin A can also be found in fruits and vegetables that are red, orange, or yellow in color as well as in green vegetables).
Black tea is filled with polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that helps protect your cellls from DNA damage. Some doctors believe that polyphenols can even protect against some types of cancer. Drinking black tea regularly also lowers your risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney stones, Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis and lung cancer. Some studies have even shown that drinking black tea will boost your metabolism, aid in weight loss, block allergic responses, slow the growth of tumors, protect bones, and improve skin health. All of this is due to the antioxidant properties of the tea. Black tea is also full of caffeine so if you need that extra boost of energy to wake up this will definitely do it for you. (I try to avoid caffeine as much as possible so I tend to opt for a decaffeinated black tea which still gives the rich tea flavor but without the caffeine side effects).
Lemons are an amazing food! They have so many incredible health benefits and there is hardly anything better you can do for your health than begin the day by drinking lemon water. It helps kickstart your digestion and cleanses your body from the moment you wake up. Lemons are also full of citric acid (which helps neutralize the acidity of your stomach, thereby increasing digestion. Our digestive systems functions best in an alkaline state), calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, limonene, and pectin – all of which help to promote immunity and fight infections.
Maple Syrup is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s lower in calories than honey and its much higher in minerals. It is an excellent source of magnesium ,which assists in the production of enzymes necessary for energy production and antioxidant defenses. (See goji berries and maple syrup are the perfect combo! They support one another). Magnesium also helps decrease levels of cholesterol. Just one ounce of maple syrup provide 22% of your daily value of magnesium. Maple syrup is also a great source of zinc which works with magnesium to support your immune system. A study from the University of Rhode Island has shown the combination of these two minerals, as found in maple syrup, has can prevent inflammatory diseases like cancer and osteoporosis.
Cayenne Pepper has a high concentration of a substance called capsaicin, which gives cayenne pepper its spicy flavor. Studies about capsaicin have proven it to have pain-reducing effects, cardiovascular benefits, and the ability to prevent ulcers. The spiciness also helps open and drain congested nasal passages. Cayenne pepper is also loaded with vitamin A (note the orange color) meaning that it supports the immune system, and prevents free radical damage that can lead to cancer, diabetes, nerve damage and heart disease. It has also been proven to assist with weight loss.
As soon as this drink gets in your belly you can feel its magic start to work. It warms you up and makes you tummy feel really good, and I have a sensitive stomach so I promise this works 🙂