I’m a mom, therefore I am tired, it kind of just comes with the territory…Even though my daughter has been sleeping through the night for awhile now, there’s still random interruptions here and there and she gets up way earlier than I would like, add on top of that an endless list of chores, a rambunctious 3 year old, and the stress of daily life and yes, I’m tired. All. The. Time. I know most of you out there can probably relate to this struggle, so I thought I’d share a quick and easy recipe that will help you fight adrenal fatigue and so much more! Anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting, hunger curbing; this lemonade is about to be your new best friend, trust me. What exactly is it that makes this drink so special? Well the special ingredient of course! Anyone ever heard of Turmeric? Well if you haven’t now you have, and let me just say that stuff is UH-mazing!
I found this drink during my Trim Healthy Mama Journey a few years back and it has been a game changer for me! Turmeric literally has endless health benefits and is touted to be among one of the most beneficial spices known to man. It has a bit of a funky flavor, but as long as you don’t mind it, or find ways to mask it, you’ll want to start throwing it in with anything and everything to start reaping the amazing health benefits! This post isn’t about the myriad of uses or health benefits associated with Turmeric, but if you want to know a bit more, you can read these articles here, and here. Or just type Turmeric into the goodlsearch bar and go to town; the internet is buzzing with information on this amazing spice!
Okay! On to the good stuff!
Steph’s Spiked Lemonade
2 cups of water
1/2-1 Teaspoon of Turmeric (when you’re just starting out you might want to use a little less just because the flavor has a bit of a bite, but if you don’t mind the edge that the Turmeric gives then go ahead and add the whole teaspoon!)
1 Teaspoon of Coconut Oil (optional, but Turmeric is best absorpbed with a little fat)
1-2 Teaspoons of a Healthy Sweetner of your choice (Stevia, Raw Honey, Truvia, etc. Add to taste)
1 Teaspoon of plain Whey Protien Powder (this is completely optional but helps curb food cravings too)
2,000 mg of Vitamin C powder of tablets (optional; this adds another immune boosting power packed punch to your drink. I use tablets that I bought at Walmart, they have no sugar or extra ingredients, just starlight up Vitamin C)
A Pinch of mineral salt
1) Peel the lemons carefully leaving as much of the white pith as possible (it’s good for you too), cut the lemons in quarters, and throw them in the blender along with your two cups of water. Blend. Once all the chunks are gone, place a strainer over a bowl and pour the liquid into it. I use a strainer with fairly small holes but not a mesh one (that gets really messy to clean up). Then use a spoon or your hands to move the pulp around and squish as much of the juice out was you can. When you’re satisfied transfer the lemonade back in to the blender.
2) Add the rest of your ingredients and blend until nice and frothy. You can taste it at this point and adjust the flavors as needed. I pour mine in a huge cup or mason jar full of ice and sip on it for most of the afternoon. Actually, who am I kidding? I normally down about half of it in one gulp! It’s so good!
*The original recipe calls for vanilla extract but I like mine to taste more like a lemonade so I chose not to add the vanilla.
*If you want a little extra kick, try adding a teaspoon or two of all natural Apple Cinder Vinegar – wooo! That makes my taste buds dance just thinking about it! Apple Cider Vinegar is also really good for you, but most people can’t stand the flavor so this is an excellent way to get a shot in without even noticing. *You might have to add a bit more sweetner to counter act that kick though!
*Also you can add a teaspoon of Maca powder (can be found at Target in the Pharmacy section) this is another health promoting super food that will give you an extra boost of energry, oh, and it’s a libido boost sooooooo 😉 😉
I drink this almost ever afternoon and actually my kids like to sip off it too! My son helped me make it today and was thrilled when he got to sit there and sip it without me taking it away from him. Normally when it comes to special drinks like sugary lemonade or pop I am very careful to monitor and only allow him one or two small sips, so when I let him have his fill he’s grinning from ear to ear!
Let me know when you try this recipe and if you become as addicted to it as I am!