Turmeric Tea Recipe

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Turmeric Tonic Tea

This is an amazing liver detoxifier and stomach acid regulator!

Cayenne helps to ward off colds, sinus infections and sore throats. This beverage is most soothing when drunk warm. It is also great for stimulation of digestion, liver detox, and is an anti-inflammatory. Turmeric has anti-cancer nutrients as well!

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp powdered turmeric (or about 1 inch fresh turmeric, finely grated)
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • raw honey to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon or 1- 2 Tbsp unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • Warm water (not boiling)

Directions

Pour warm water over ingredients in a mug. If you like the taste, pour a full mug and sip it. If you don’t like the taste, just use less water, let it cool slightly and toss it back.

Soothing Turmeric Tea

Turmeric also fights inflammation. From a sore throat to chronic body inflammation, turmeric is the ticket!

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 6-10 granules fenugreek
  • 1.8 tsp ground, dried ginger
  • 1-2 to 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 2/3 cup water

Directions

  • Combine all except honey in a pot and bring to a simmer.
  • Strain into a mug, add honey and enjoy!


Brazil's Secret Smoothie: Açai Na Tigela

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Brazil is on the map this summer as they are hosting the World Cup so I thought it would be appropriate to write about Brazil’s finest dish: Açai na Tigela. Okay, that is totally my opinion, but that’s because it is delicious! I made this decision after spending a few months in Brazil’s northeastern parts. After discovering this smoothie, I ate one a day. I wanted to eat four.

You have got to really love smoothies to make this one so if you are not ready to take smoothies to the next level, do not read any further. This is for the die hards, the smoothie fanatics, for those of you who would eat smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner if it were legal and/or socially acceptable.

This is the real deal. It’s glory in a bowl and will fulfill you from head to toe. It’s got power and vigor. It’ll sustain you for the day and energize you for life. It’ll give you superpowers. Seriously. Plus it contains aphrodisiacs. ¡Hola señor! That’s Spanish, but you know what I mean.

The Açai berry (pronounced a-sigh-EE) is considered a superfood and a powerhouse in the berry family. It’s basically edible gold. But let’s not go crazy on these guys and eat them all day, every day. They come from the Amazon – not exactly local, ya know?

Açai Na Tigela: Recipe

This smoothie is made of an Açai blend topped with granola, banana, nuts, seeds, and honey. Yum yum. It is quite possibly the most incredible thing you’ll ever lay your eyes on. Brazilians love this stuff.

Açai na Tigela means Açai in a Bowl so please, for the love of Brazil, do not drink this smoothie out of a cup or on the go. It needs to be respected for its beauty and appreciated for its bounty. This dish is always served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon. Always.

Ingredients:

  • 100g Açai pulp (I used a brand called Sambazon)
  • 1 handful mixed frozen berries
  • 1 Banana
  • ½ Cup Almond/Soy/Rice milk

**Toppings: **

  • 1/3 Cup granola
  • 1 Chopped Banana
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp of your favorite nuts/seeds

Directions:

Pour the smoothie in a bowl (it should be a thick consistency) then add the toppings and enjoy!

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