Belly Feel Better: Gut Soothing Beverages, Part 2

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m so excited to share this simple recipe with you today! Being that it’s sooooo hot and humid here in NY, I decided to try making this next drink option ice cold. It worked really well, and really cooled me off.

Being that some may not drink chicken broth (from Part 1) in this weather, here’s a nice alternative. You can enjoy my Gingerade hot or cold.  I’ll show you both ways.

Widely known as a medicinal herb that stimulates digestion, freshly made ginger tea is a fabulous gut soother.  As a child, my mother used to give me ginger ale to make me feel better. She meant well, but now I know better, as there’s a lot more sugar in soda than there is ginger. Fresh is always better anyway.

So, here we go. You only need 2 or 3 ingredients for this, and a tea ball ( if you don’t have a tea ball, you can just put a large piece of ginger right into the hot water instead).  I’m going to show you the photo instructions before I share the printable recipe.

First, heat the filtered water.

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Next, rinse, scrub with a brush, peel, and chop some fresh ginger.Then, place it in the tea ball.  They’re usually oval shaped, but mine looks like a teapot!

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When the water boils, turn off heat and let water sit for 5 minutes to cool a bit. Then, put the tea ball (or a large piece of ginger) into the cup and add water. Let seep for 5 to 8 minutes. Cover if you’re drinking it hot.

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Take tea ball out, and add honey to taste. I don’t usually add lemon to it when I drink it hot, but you can, if you like.

To chill, make sure that all honey is melted, and place in fridge for a few hours until it’s cold.

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Add lemon (it’s delicious without it, too) and ice and serve.

Gingerade Tea, Hot or Iced

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: PT5 to 8M

Total Time: PT10 to 18M

Gingerade Tea, Hot or Iced

Gingerade, Hot or Iced, Refined Sugar Free, SCD/GAPS compliant

Ingredients

  • 1T fresh ginger, rinsed, scrubbed (with a veggie brush), peeled and diced
  • 1 to 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 lemon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat filtered water to boiling, then turn off and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Put the diced ginger into a tea ball and place in cup. Add hot water.
  3. Let sit for 5 to 8 minutes (If drinking warm, you can cover, if you like).
  4. Remove tea ball. Add 1 tsp honey (more if you prefer it sweeter). Add lemon, if you desire (not yet if drinking cold, though).
  5. Drink it, or place in refrigerator until it gets icy cold (you can add ice to speed up the process).
  6. When cold enough, squeeze in lemon (tastes fine without it, too), and place lemon wedge on top of glass. Add ice and serve!

Food for thought:

Add on time for iced tea to cool in fridge.

I recommend using raw, organic honey, unless you are following the SCD or GAPS gut healing protocols. With those, you need to use a clear (may be a little cloudy), organic honey.

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Please note that like anything else, Gingerade should be used in moderation. You can rotate with other teas, and stock.  I will have more options shortly.

Ginger has been used to treat everything from heartburn to bloating to gas to digestive upset and arthritis.  Enjoy it hot or cold, and it can help you reduce stress, too! A word of caution, though:  I would not advise drinking more than a cup or two a day (start off slowly – for a child, maybe half a cup), as herbs are powerful. If you’re suffering from severe digestive symptoms, drink a little bit and see how you feel over the next hour or two.

As per the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger should not be given to children under the age of 2.  Pregnant women should not use more than 1 gram a day (with the consent of a doctor), and adults no more than 4 g per day. If you are taking certain prescription medications, or have certain medical conditions, you should ask your doctor and/or pharmacist before eating or drinking ginger. See the link above for details.

I hope you find a few minutes to make and enjoy Gingerade as a digestive aid! It has a very subtle, pleasant flavor that won’t overpower you.

Please note that this post has been shared with the Fat Tuesday Gluten Free Wednesdays, Thank your Body Thursday, and Party Wave Wednesdays blog carnivals.

Have a happy, healthy day!

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Belly Feel Better: Gut Soothing Beverages, Part 2

  1. Max Arthur February 7, 2014 at 4:40 am #

    That looks good. I hope it tastes good too.

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