So, post Thanksgiving meal. How are you feeling? Your answer might be something along the lines of, “Full and happy” or “Fat and happy”.
However you’re feeling, I hope “happy” fits in there somewhere.
Maybe your digestive system has been pushed to it’s limits, or you might be feeling a little baked-goods-out. The visions of ornate variations on pumpkin and apple tarts and crisps have been realized, and a soothing drink is in order. I’ve got just the thing: Ginger Cinnamon Tea.
This is a wonder tea, and it’s perfect for the long lazy Thanksgiving weekend for a few reasons.
- It’s spicy and warming, touching on all the sentimental notes of the holiday season.
- It’s incredibly soothing for the digestive tract, which is great after the biggest meal of the year.
- It helps your body fight off colds and viruses which can pop up when you’re exposed to a house full of relatives and children.
Ginger is so powerful. You can feel it all over your body. I love it. When you feel that sensation all over, be thankful, because it’s working wonders in you. Ginger is so good for you, it’s ridiculous. It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti cancer. It also settles an upset stomach and relieves intestinal issues including excess gas. Something your relatives will be thankful for 😉
Cinnamon helps lower the effect of high fat meals and has a slew of blood sugar regulating, nervous system calming, and infection fighting properties. Making this tea a real candidate for a Thanksgiving tradition.
Cinnamon balances it tea out and lends a sweetness which blends the line between being a Thanksgiving and a Christmas drink. Though honestly, I drink this stuff nearly every day. It wouldn’t hurt a bit to make this a regular staple in your diet. But there is something special about it. So I think sharing it with people you’re close with on holidays just feels right.
The idea for this tea came from The Candida Diet Plan, where Sandra gives instructions on boiling thumb-sized chunks of peeled ginger in water for a half an hour. I’ve added cinnamon to mine and usually drink it was almond milk too.
The best way to do it is in big batches so you only have to peel and chop the ginger once, and then you can pour a little from the fridge whenever you want it over the next week.
The boiling time for the tea should be 30 minutes minimum, though sometimes I like to let it go for 40 minutes. Nick thinks it’s too strong at 40 minutes though. In fact it makes him cough. I like to give him a good slap on the back and tease him about it putting hair on his chest. So play with it and see how concentrated you like the flavor to be. But don’t push it past 40 minutes in my opinion, as it can turn bitter it left too long.
Here it is with a splash of homemade almond milk. Mmmm.. So good.
Have a spectacular long weekend and enjoy those around you. The healthiest thing you can do for yourself is to cultivate happy relationships. Ideally with a hot mug of ginger cinnamon tea in hand.
How has your holiday season been thus far? Stressful? Fun? Try the tea and let me know if it calms you and adds to your festivities.
- 3 Cups of ginger; peeled and chopped into cubes.
- 5-7 Pieces of fresh cinnamon sticks (Find them at an Asian market or online)
- 6 Cups of filtered water
- Splash of almond milk for serving
- Peel and chop the ginger using a smooth-edged knife
- Add it to a large stainless steel kettle
- Add the cinnamon sticks
- Add the water
- Turn heat to medium-low for about 15 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it.
- Once it starts to boil, turn the heat down to very low. Allow it to continue simmering for another 10 to 15 minutes.
- You have to turn it down or it will boil over and make a mess. My kettle whistles. So once it whistles, I know it's time to turn in down and open the whistler cap.
- The total time for the tea should be 30 to 40 minutes, depending on preference.