Try This Drink – Good Girl Moon Shine! Mar 28, 2013 9:00:51 GMT -5 bigmoejo and ldydragonfly like this
Post by Serene on Mar 28, 2013 9:00:51 GMT -5
It's refreshing… zingy… tantalizing. The best part about it? I stay wonderfully hydrated all day long due to the fact that it is so beyond delicious, I can't stop drinking it. I love the coolness of the iced water combined with the warming burn of the ginger. It just makes me happy... like my own homemade good girl moonshine. Nope it does not contain alcohol, but it makes you go, “EeeeAhhh!”
When Pearl and I first arrived in America, we were astounded at the amount of drinks people consume over here. Where we grew up in New Zealand and Australia, carrying drinks around all day was not nearly as common. Here, we noticed people carrying bottles of water, sweet iced tea, or soda everywhere they went.
Keeping fluids handy is a good habit when it is water or something equally as healthy and light in calories. The problem arises when a sugar or other carb sweetened beverage is guzzled all day. Glucose is flushed straight into the blood stream on a constant basis. Liquid carbs are the most dangerous of all high glycemic, insulin spiking, fat flooding, health enemies that we face.
Recently I have joined the ranks of drink carriers as I am determined to stay better hydrated. All of us should take in more life giving water but I am nursing and decided recently I need to be much more committed to my fluids. Here’s the recipe for my easy and health promoting drink that I make daily.
Good Girl Moon Shine
•Fill a quart sized jar with water and ice.
•Add a generous drizzle of raw apple cider vinegar (I use 1-2 Tbs).
•Add 1 tsp of ginger powder (I buy this from the bulk food section at Whole Foods Market).
•Add 2-4 doonks THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder or 2-4 tsp THM Sweet Blend.
There, that’s it! I am hooked and have noticed some surprising benefits since liberally chugging this stuff. I am not so hungry between meals anymore. I think that a lot of the times when I thought I needed a snack to give a little lift of energy, all I really needed was something to drink. I needed hydration for more staying power and afternoon focus. I always enjoy an afternoon snack but the desire for “mulitiple snackies” do not hit so hard and furious now and I often find that dinner time comes before I even feel hungry.
Since I’ve been enjoying such copious amounts of my new favorite drink, I decided to do some studies about ginger. What do you know? I read that ginger actually dulls the appetite. But, I noticed this first hand before I even read this merit of ginger. Ginger heats up the thermogenic temperature of the body the metabolism which gives a double punch alongside apple cider vinegar’s own weight loss talents.
My digestion processes feel easier and less gassy. Ginger is a potent digestive aid and fires up the digestive juices. It reduces flatulence and eases tummy cramps. It improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. Most folks know of ginger's talent in reducing nausea and this yummy refreshment will be part of my arsenal next pregnancy when the morning sickness hits. Apple cider vinegar is also a powerful digestive aid and is an old timey cure for heart burn and indigestion.
I feel good all over and haven't fallen prey to some yucky flus and bugs that have been hanging around these Middle Tennessee parts lately. Ginger clears the micro-circulatory channels of the body including the easily clogged sinuses. It clears throat and nose congestion and is a wonderful immune stimulant along with apple cider vinegar. Ginger is up at the top of the list with the most potent anti-inflammatory supplements on God’s green earth and can relieve common aches and pains and even help with more serious arthritic conditions. It is also considered an aphrodisiac which is a boon if you’ve read chapter 34 ( Foxy Mama) of Trim Healthy Mama Ha Ha!
Ginger has many more things going for it, but I can’t finish this post without giving more of a shout out to Apple Cider Vinegar – a robust health promoter. Here are just some of the goodies Apple Cider Vinegar offers you:
•It is abundant in potassium which is imperative for growth and building muscles, the transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity and preventing brittle teeth and hair loss.
•It encourages weight loss by breaking down fats to be used instead of stored in your adipose tissue.
•It is loaded with acetic acid which slows the digestion of starch and lowers the rise in glucose levels that occur post mealtime.
•It is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial due to its high levels of malic acid.
•It is super alkalinizing though being rich in ash.
•It lowers bad cholesterol and helps to regulate blood pressure.
•It is a powerful detox tool and improves bowel function
•It clarifies the skin
•New research reveals it shows strength in killing cancer cells or slowing their growth.
I shared a little sip of my yummy refresher with Meadow, Pearl's oldest daughter. She loved the flavor and thought of amping it up a notch with sparkling water for an extra shweppy mouth pizazz.
Hey if you hate ginger - no worries. Just leave it out. Add a few drops of your favorite edible young living essential oils like sweet orange or lemon. You could also add natural flavor extracts like maple flavoring etc.
I hope I have inspired you to healthy and happy guzzling!
P.S. I am now going to make my second quart for the day! Yay!