Foodie Friday: Fresh Lemon, Ginger Root & Star Anise Tea #WinterWellness

Friday, 7 December 2018

Fresh Lemon, Ginger & Star Anise Tea #WinterWellness
Christmas is perhaps one of the worst times to be struck down with a cold or flu bug, so give your immune system a boost with this antioxidant-rich drink. A great way to energize your morning and a lovely little Winter Warmer at the same time!

Have you ever noticed the abundance of Vitamin C-rich fruits that appear during Winter? Whilst I miss all of the juicy berries of Summer, there are plenty of fruits that are seasonal at this time of the year, and all of them will help to ensure that you're getting your daily dose of Vitamin C from a natural source. From fresh Oranges and stocking-stuffer Clementines, to crisp Apples and zingy Lemons, Mother Nature has got your back when it comes to fighting off those cold and flu bugs.

In addition to Vitamin C, other antioxidants can play an important role in keeping you healthy and on top form this Christmas, and one of the original superfoods is Ginger Root. Ginger has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to improve digestion and keep the common cold at bay, thanks to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are found in its main bioactive compound, Gingerol. Best of all, fresh Ginger Root is easy to find at most mainstream supermarkets and even cheaper to buy from a local Asian / world food store. 

Another beneficial spice to look out for is the antioxidant-rich Star Anise which has compounds of Thymol, Terpineol and Anethole, all of which help to ward off the flu and keeps your digestion system working properly.

Fresh Lemon, Ginger & Star Anise Tea #WinterWellness
As Christmas is a time of indulgence, this Fresh Lemon, Ginger Root & Star Anise Tea can soothe an upset stomach, reduce any minor feelings of nausea, prevent constipation as it gets your digestive system going, and it gives your immune system a boost, all at the same time. See why I like it so much?!

Ingredients: (for 1)
  • 2 Slices of Fresh Lemon (unwaxed and organic if possible)
  • 1 Slice of Fresh Ginger Root
  • 1 Star Anise

Method:
  • Boil water in a kettle and allow to cool for about 30 seconds.
  • Place the ingredients into a heatproof mug or glass, pour over the water and allow to infuse for 5 minutes.
  • Drink immediately - enjoy!

What's your favourite Winter Wellness drink?

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