Now that cold and flu season is here, I wanted to create a wonderful hot tonic to help you stay healthy and strong so you can make it through the season without getting sick. My comforting Cold & Flu Fighting Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic is one of the easiest ways to fight inflammation and keep your immune system strong! Even though this green tea tonic is a powerful aid to protect and help support the body, it has a delicious taste that will satisfy you completely.
During the fall and winter months, I like to drink lots of hot herbal and green teas that warm my insides and help me feel rejuvenated. I also create tonics like today’s recipe when I feel like I may be catching a cold and it always makes me feel better!
Sweet apple, fragrant cinnamon, tangy lemon, floral raw honey, earthy turmeric, nutty coconut oil, and spicy ginger, cayenne, and black pepper create a tasty blend of flavors that are really wonderful especially when paired with organic green tea. This superfoods tonic should be taken on a weekly basis during the fall and winter months.
Green tea is one of my favorite teas to drink. This delectable tea is high in polyphenols which are phytochemicals that function as antioxidants. Polyphenols are the key to most of the health benefits associated with green tea. The most studied is the flavonoid catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). One cup of green tea contains 20-35 mg of EGCG.
Catechins play an important role in the antioxidant effects associated with green tea. The health benefits of green tea have been extensively studied and these studies have shown that green tea offers important protection against various cancers, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, LDL cholesterol, and strokes.
All of the ingredients in this tonic have potent medicinal properties. These amazing whole foods are renowned for their anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. They also help relieve chest and nasal congestion, support a healthy digestive system, and naturally detoxify the body.
Make a batch of my cold & flu fighting apple green tea turmeric tonic today so you can experience all the benefits it provides and stay healthy during this season.
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Cold & Flu Fighting Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic
Paleo, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Makes 4 cups
4½ cups purified or spring water
1 large organic Fuji apple—cut into wedges
2 Ceylon cinnamon sticks (good source for cinnamon sticks)
1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder (good source for turmeric) or 2-inch piece of fresh turmeric-peeled and cut into chunks
2 inch piece fresh, peeled ginger—cut into chunks
2 teaspoons organic virgin coconut oil
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 organic green tea bags
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1. Pour water into a saucepan and add apple wedges, cinnamon sticks, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, cayenne, black pepper, and vanilla. Stir to combine and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
2. Once mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add green tea bags and stir together. Let tonic simmer for 3-5 minutes longer to allow the tea to steep.
3. After the tea has steeped, remove tea bags and stir in raw honey and lemon juice. Strain tea into a heat proof container and pour into serving cups.
4. Add more honey if you like your tea tonic sweeter. You can also eat the cooked apples and ginger because they are yummy too! Enjoy hot. Tea tonic will last for 1 week if covered and refrigerated.