Lemon Mint Tea (Using a Whole Lemon)

A refreshing, anti-inflammatory tea - served hot or cold! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

This easy tea combines the gentle flavor of mint with the bright, fresh flavors of lemon. I drink a quart of this almost every day as it makes me feel more energized and keeps me hydrated. It’s also soothing to drink when sick. Add honey for sweetness or when you have a sore throat. Pour over ice to make a refreshing iced tea!

This definitely has a big lemon punch to it, so if you don’t enjoy flavors on the sour side, don’t steep as long.

I created this method of making tea when I was brainstorming ways to include lemon peel in my diet on a more regular basis. I’ve been working on adding more anti-inflammatory foods into my diet, and lemon peel caught my eye.

Extracts from lemon peel have been studied in a wide variety of applications. It’s been associated with having an anti-cancer effect. 1, 2, It has possible uses for helping with heartburn and cholesterol caused gallstones. 3 Orange peel extracts could help with inflammation as much as ibuprofen. 4 Low Doses of Citrus peel extracts (CPE) “most likely can be used for the treatment of the T cell-mediated liver injury as in autoimmune hepatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, and chronic viral hepatitis.” 5.

Note that many of these studies were done with animals, and are still in beginning stages of research. But so far there is a lot of exciting research showing many potential benefits. My tea is not going to be the same as the strong extracts used in the above studies, but I figure it can’t hurt!

All to say, citrus peels not only add a big oomph of flavor, but they could be helping our health. This recipe is just one easy way to first of all not waste the most flavorful part of the lemon –the peel. But it also is a gentle way to include some of the benefits of citrus peel in your diet.

Notes on ingredients and supplies:

  • I make my tea in this French Press . I leave the lid off while it steeps, so there is no plastic and heat interaction. You could easily do this in a small pot, but I like the convenience of using my French Press.
  • Use whatever favorite mint tea brand you like! We recently planted to several types of peppermint in pots on our porch so that we have fresh available to use in recipes like this. But you can also use bulk peppermint tea,
  • Buy the best lemons you can. I buy organic lemons. Conventional peels may (will) have pesticide residue or waxes. I believe that organic lemons can have some waxes too, but use beeswax based ones. Best case scenario would be getting lemons completely untreated!

A refreshing, anti-inflammatory tea - served hot or cold! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Lemon Mint Tea (Using the Whole Lemon)

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  • 1 lemon, organic, washed well and thinly sliced
  • 2 bags of peppermint tea, loose tea equivalent, or several sprigs of fresh

Place thinly sliced lemon and peppermint in French Press. Heat purified water to boiling point. Pour over lemon and peppermint tea filling to the band on the French Press. Let steep for 15-30 minutes – the longer you leave it, the stronger it will become.

Drink plain, with honey, and reheated, if desired. I enjoy mine not super hot, so it’s usually perfect after steeping about 20 minutes.

Research Sources:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11142088
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7948106
3. 3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18072821
4. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213453014000056
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4121996/

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Instant Raspberry Hot Cocoa Mix (Dairy-free)

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By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

Rich cocoa mingling with creamy coconut and tangy raspberries.

Cold winter days were made for hot cocoa. It’s the time of year that is perfect for warming yourself by the fire and wrapping your hands around a steaming mug of cocoa.

You love hot cocoa, you savor the simple art of heating the milk on your stove in your favourite stainless steel pot and mixing your cocoa and sweetener together and whisking it into the milk.

But some days, you just can’t. You may be having a busy day. Or maybe you are just.too.tired.

Instant cocoa mixes from the store are tempting for those days when you aren’t going to be able to make a cup from scratch. Unfortunately, the ingredients are generally not nourishing. If you need it to be dairy-free, you are going to be hard pressed to find one.

Did you know that you can make your own dairy-free mix in 5 minutes?

Coconut milk powder is my go to for making instant hot cocoa. It is dairy-free and full of nutrients.

A basic mix is always nice to have on hand but sometimes you want something a little different. Raspberry and chocolate have long been a favourite combination of mine, second only to peppermint. I have enjoyed many cups of raspberry Earl Grey hot cocoa over the years.

This instant raspberry hot cocoa mix only has five ingredients, coconut milk powder, cocoa powder, unrefined sugar, freeze dried raspberries, and unrefined salt. It is perfect for those days when you need an easy to prepare cup of hot cocoa! If you prefer you can use powdered cow or goat milk.

Ingredients Needed:

Instant raspberry hot cocoa mix is also a perfect gift when paired with a cute mug!

Instant Raspberry Hot Cocoa Mix

  • 2 cup freeze dried raspberries
  • 1 cup coconut milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered cocoa (Fair trade and organic, preferred)
  • 3/4 cup unrefined sugar
  • 1/8 tsp unrefined salt

Directions:

1: Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for about one minute or until the raspberries are completely powdered.

2:  Sift the mix into a bowl using a sifter or a fine mesh strainer to remove the raspberry seeds.

3: Store in a glass jar for up to a year.

Mix 1 to 3 TBS of cocoa mix with 8 ounces of hot water depending on the desired strength of the cocoa. Stir until smooth. Top with coconut milk whipped cream if desired.

Instant Raspberry Hot Cocoa
 
Serves: 3½ cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cup freeze dried raspberries
  • 1 cup coconut milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered cocoa
  • ¾ cup unrefined sugar
  • ⅛ tsp unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for about one minute or until the raspberries are completely powdered.
  2. Sift the mix into a bowl using a sifter or a fine mesh strainer to remove the raspberry seeds.
  3. Store in a glass jar for up to a year.
  4. Mix 1 to 3 TBS of cocoa mix with 8 ounces of hot water depending on the desired strength of the cocoa. Stir until smooth. Top with coconut milk whipped cream if desired.

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

Warm spices mingling with rich cocoa, a touch of pumpkin mixed in, topped with maple whipped cream – it’s a whole new way to enjoy fall.

Every year as the cooler weather settles in the world gets a tiny bit extremely excited about pumpkin spice lattes and other fall drinks. I didn’t get the hype for several years until I made one myself, after that I was hooked.

This year as autumn made it’s appearance I decided that I needed a change – enter pumpkin spice hot cocoa! Chocolate and pumpkin are a surprising, yet delicious combination. That’s why recipes such as my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are so tasty.

I am a huge fan of hot cocoa, and all forms of dark chocolate, if truth be told. I pretty much have a hot cocoa recipe to go with each season now that this tasty pumpkin spice version has been added to my list. You can easily use pumpkin pie spice from the store, but I have been using my own blend that takes less than five minutes to whip up.

Other Autumn Drinks to Enjoy:

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups raw milk (or milk or milk substitute of your choice)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
3 TBS cocoa powder
3 TBS maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp unrefined salt
Maple whipped cream (optional)

1. Heat your milk in a small saucepan. (If you are using raw milk and want to preserve the enzymes do not heat above 110.)

2. While the milk is heating, mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, making a paste.

3. Once the milk is warm, mix the cocoa paste into the milk with a whisk.

4. Pour into two mugs and top with maple whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice if desired.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa
 
Serves: 2
 
Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw milk (or milk or milk substitute of your choice)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 TBS cocoa powder
  • 3 TBS maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅛ tsp unrefined salt
  • Maple whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat your milk in a small sauce pan. ( If you are using raw milk and want to preserve the enzymes do not heat above 110).
  2. While the milk is heating, mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, making a paste.
  3. Once the milk is warm, mix the cocoa paste into the milk with a whisk.
  4. Pour into two mugs and top with maple whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice if desired.

What is your favorite autumn hot drink?

Iced Golden Milk Latte with Coconut Milk and Cardamom

 Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet.

I’ve been working on getting anti-inflammatory spices in my diet on a more regular basis. This beautiful iced drink gives me not only healthy (and creamy) coconut milk, but the scrumptious flavors of turmeric, ginger, vanilla and is gently sweetened with honey. Leave out if on a strict Autoimmune Protocol Diet, but here I’ve also added one of my favorite spices, cardamom. It adds so much! This is one delicious way to enjoy these spices.

Before I brought you a more traditional Golden Milk recipe, then I brought you a Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth – which is a savory version of the sweet drink. Now I wanted something to enjoy on a hot afternoon, and this is lovely for that.

For other lovely summer recipes check out this list of 41 Sweet and Refreshing Summer Recipes.

AIP notes: Use gum free coconut milk or cream, like the brand listed below, and leave our cardamon and black pepper.

Ingredients:

Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

 

Iced Golden Milk Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut milk or cream (you can thin down with water)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out if strict AIP)
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried cardamom (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-4 teaspoons honey
  • Ice

Directions:

In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk with the spices until just simmering. Whisk in the honey and vanilla extract and remove from heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Fill one large glass with ice, or two small glasses with ice. Pour golden milk over the ice. Stir and enjoy.

Iced Golden Milk Latte with Coconut Milk and Cardamom
 
Serves: 1-2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of coconut milk or cream (you can thin down with water)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried cardamom (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-4 teaspoons honey
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk with the spices until just simmering. Whisk in the honey and vanilla extract and remove from heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Fill one large glass with ice, or two small glasses with ice. Pour golden milk over the ice. Stir and enjoy.