Hello beautiful people. Oh how I’ve missed you; between work and school it’s been very hard to get down to what I love to do most…write. Today I have a special little treat…I cooked! Well sort of, I made one of my favorite drinks of 2012, and before some of you get too excited…It’s a non-alcoholic beverage, but it’s super yummy and pretty good for you too.
What I made today, and for a very special cause I might add, was my own version of Cranberry Ginger Tea. It’s so delicious and full of goodness, but before I get into how I made this beverage, let me explain why I’ve decided to share it.
If you all remember at the end of September I went to Las Vegas for Blogalicious 2012. While there one of the events we attended was called “Bowl for more Birthdays” sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Well a very awesome woman, Christine Koh, reached out to many of us to ask if anyone wanted to participate in a blogger series called A Healthier Holiday Table, bloggers share healthy recipes for the holiday season. http://woobox.com/hw6h3i
I immediately responded and said I would love to participate. That was the easy part, the hard part was trying to figure out what exactly I was going to put together to share as a recipe. After a day or so I realized I’d share something simple and easy to make. So I chose a warm beverage I like to make for myself on the weekend. I pulled out three things I really love from the kitchen around this holiday season; Cranberries, Ginger, and Cinnamon. Here’s the quick and easy recipe, I scaled it down to make only one serving (Hey I’m single and my room mate and I try to keep the fridge clutter free)
2 Cups of water
6 oz of fresh cranberries ( or if measured in a measuring cup, 1 ½ cups)
1 tsp of cinnamon
¼ cup of crystallized ginger (chopped)
1-2 tsp of Agave syrup (for sweetner)
A bowl or pitcher (this is for saving what you don’t drink right away)
– In a medium saucepan, add water, cinnamon, crystallized ginger. Bring to a boil.
– Add cranberries, reduce heat to low, and cover. After 10-15 minutes your berries will begin to open.
– Take the mixture and pour through a strainer, also take a spoon and press the excess juice through as well.
** Note: Often times I like to have my berries and chopped ginger to join my little yum fest and I won’t strain my beverage at all before I pour it into my mug.**
– You can add the Agave syrup at this time if you like, I normally only ad 1-2 tsp,but if you want to add more or less be my guest. Just a heads up, I use Agave Syrup instead of processed sugar.
Please let your drink cool before consuming or giving to someone else to consume, it is still hot. This awesome beverage can be sipped Hot or Cold…your choice. Personally, I like it on a chilly morning, all steamy hot. The smell of Ginger and Cinnamon make me smile and the taste of Cranberries remind me that the holidays are here (even when there’s no snow to look at from my balcony).
Hopefully, you too take the time to try this mmm yummy beverage, whether it’s Christmas morning with some homemade French toast or just because you feel like it.
I almost forgot to tell you about the great benefits of the ingredients I used…silly me, I got so caught up in drinking my tea that you almost missed out on the benefits of why this is not only yummy but healthy too.
First, let me share a fun fact with you from the American Cancer Society regarding fruit intake:
- Did you know that eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help reduce your cancer risk? The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least 2½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day. Here are two resources filled with ideas for upping your fruit and vegetable consumption through the day.
Guess what…You just had one serving of fresh fruit!
Now here are a few tidbits of info regarding the other health benefits of ingredients used:
- Ginger is known for its calming properties, from intestinal gas to migraines and even helps arthritis. It’s also a staple for many women who have morning sickness.
- Cranberries are packed with anti-oxidants and Vitamin C. They’re also known for their anti-bacterial properties and often used when a urinary tract infection (UTI) is present.
- Cinnamon, aside from being found on French toast or my nemesis “Cinnabon”; have great properties. Cinnamon can be used to aid in the relief of arthritis, blood sugar regulation, and help lower cholesterol.
So how ‘bout that, yummy and super healthy too.