The following delicious recipe and blog post was contributed by Caitlin Jones of Paleo State of Mind.
It’s perfect for those last few hot summer days!
Cleansing Detox Cooler + Benefits of Herbal Tea
Herbal teas are one of the easiest ways to incorporate some holistic nutrition into your life. In the winter, I will frequently drink as many as 5-6 cups of tea in one day! Even in the summer, I can’t break my hot tea habit. There are teas for more energy, throat health, an immune system boost, clear skin, better digestion, nighttime relaxation, and anti-anxiety just to name a few. Not to mention any of the many possible add-ins that boost your nutritional benefit:
Ginger – highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Soothes nausea.
Turmeric – good for heart and brain health. Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Raw apple cider vinegar – can improve diabetes and control blood pressure. Contains probiotics and enzymes.
Fresh lemon – boosts energy, detoxes the body, contains vitamin C.
Manuka honey – soothes a sore throat, eases digestion, anti-bacterial, high enzyme activity.
While I have no problem fixing myself a few hot cups of tea each day in the summer, I try to have the foresight to prep a big cooler of iced tea any time I am hosting guests at my place. All of the nutritional benefits are the same, but the refreshing factor increases tenfold! Enjoy this delicious, nutritious cooler recipe inspired by the classic Arnold Palmer (iced tea meets lemonade). And for more ideas on what to serve at any summer gathering, check out the Paleo Summer Picnic Guide. Enter code LOVESQUAD50 at checkout for 50% off, exclusive to Love Squad readers.
Cleansing Detox Cooler
Cayenne-maple syrup-lemonade has a longstanding reputation as being good for your health. Mixing it with mint tea is like a holistically-minded spin on an Arnold Palmer. The classic combination has been made even more anti-inflammatory with an infusion of turmeric and ginger.
Warning: you WILL want to drink this every day….
4 quarts water
4 mint tea bags
¼ inch piece of turmeric, peeled and grated
¼ inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
¼ cup maple syrup
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Juice of 4 fresh lemons
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
In a large stockpot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil over high heat. Remove the water from heat, and add tea bags, grated turmeric, and grated ginger to the water. Let aromatics steep for 5-15 minutes depending on desired strength of cooler. Pour tea through a fine mesh strainer and into a large pitcher. Add maple syrup, cayenne pepper (if using), lemon juice, and mint leaves. Whisk into thoroughly combined. Refrigerate for several hours until chilled.
Thank you, Caitlin!!
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