A Zesty-Gingery Start

Its tradition... every new year, we all aim to change a lot of things about ourselves, particularly our diet. We  strive to be healthy, and eat healthy, and lose weight.....and look younger....😊. We tend to start off well, but very quickly fall off the track... trust me, I know this story well.

What I have discovered over the years is....[pause], making a conscious decision to adjust one's lifestyle in its totality, is far better than following fads or trends.  To get to the point of making that decision, I believe one must have certain level of knowledge and understanding.....because Knowledge as they say is Power.

Your knowledge about the food you eat or about other aspects of life will help you determine if you wish to (or should) be having more or less of them.

So this year, one thing which I would be having more of is the Zesty-Gingery Tea. I have drunk this tea, usually at the start of the day, for so long now, and I see the difference it makes to my general well-being.

Starting your day with this zesty/peppery tea has a lot of benefits. You get a boost of vitamins, particularity vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system and also fight signs of ageing.

It also promises minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium. From the ginger, you get vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate, riboflavin, niacin. How cool is that...! So in one cup, you stand to gain so much goodness that have tremendous impact on your health....

Make the conscious decision to start your day with a nice cup of Zesty-Gingery Tea. Here is how:

What you need
  • Fresh lemons or Key lime (osan wewe)
  • Fresh ginger (atale)
  • Spring water
  • Pure natural honey or pineapple slices (juice) to sweeten. (This is optional)

What to do
  1. Slice you lemon or lime, thinly (while will help them release all their goodness easily). 
  2. Also slice the ginger and gently crush using a mallet of just bash with a heavy object. This process also helps to release the nutrients easily. 
  3. Place your sliced lemon and ginger into a large mug. The amount you use should be to your preference, but bear in mind that the more lemon you use the more tart the tea becomes, and the more ginger you use the more peppery the tea becomes. 
  4. Now put some spring water in a kettle and boil. So for this step be really careful not to let the water reach full boiling point, or if it does, then wait for about 5 minutes to bring the temperature of the water down. Most vitamins, particularly vitamin C, get destroyed at 100 degrees C..!, so you would not be getting maximum benefits from your tea if you have destroyed you key benefit. 
  5. Pour some of the hot (not boiling) water into the cup with the lemon and ginger. 
  6. Add some honey or pineapple juice (or slices) to sweeten it a little. 
  7. Allow to stand for a few minutes, and drink. Aim to drink 1 or 2 cups per day.

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