Liver Cleansing Drink

Combine the following in 8 oz of hot water (boiled water cooled down to a drinkable temp):

  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground rosemary

LiverCleansingDrink(Photo Credit: Branch + Vine)

This mix is excellent for the liver and overall health (including cold and flu prevention)! I use fresh lime juice when I have it, but this organic lime juice I picked up at the health store the other day is great to have around, especially if you want to have this drink on a regular basis. It’s not easy to find rosemary powder so I just grind up organic whole dried rosemary in a spice grinder. For the turmeric, you can use dried or liquid.  For the honey, any good quality version is great. I splurged on Manuka recently, but usually I use a local raw honey. For the apple cider vinegar, you definitely want to make sure it’s a raw and unfiltered one.  For the cayenne powder, I use an organic brand, but if you don’t have organic on hand then that’s fine.  I honestly think it tastes pretty good and better than I expected!

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Queen Bee of Green Tea

It always seems that the DC area gets its worst storm of the season right when we think winter is over. Our “worst storm” turned out to be a lot more bark (large snowflakes & wind) than bite (zero accumulation). I’m not complaining at all though. It gave me good reason to stay inside and cozy in my pajamas all day. It also lead to the creation of two firsts: (1) a matcha green tea face mask and (2) a matcha green tea latte. For those of you not familiar, matcha is a Japanese finely-milled green tea.

Matcha Face Mask:

  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 2 tsp rose water or good quality water (I used rose water)

How to:  Mix ingredients until you have a nice smooth paste. Apply to clean skin. Leave on for 10 minutes . Wash off gently with warm water. Pat (never rub!) skin dry. 

I noticed my skin was brighter and smoother right away. Such an antioxidant overload (in a good way) for your face! This mask is beneficial for all skin types.

Matcha Latte:

  • 12 – 16 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I use Trader Joe’s) + a splash of organic whole milk (milk amount based on mug size)
  • 2 teaspoons of matcha powder (I got mine here)
  • honey to taste – I used 1 heaping teaspoon  (I’m currently using Trader Joe’s Organic Wild Collected Raw Honey, which has a very interesting nutty flavor)

How to:  Heat milk in a small pot on medium heat until nearly boiled. Add matcha and honey. Whisk vigorously until tea is frothy. 

I know I didn’t do this the 100% proper way (read here), but it turned out really great. Although, I think sifting the matcha first would have helped with not having left over matcha at bottom of the latte or maybe I just didn’t put enough elbow grease into the whisking :)

Healthy benefits: Matcha is believed to boost metabolism and  lower cholesterol levels when consumed on a regular basis. Matcha’s powerful punch can largely be attributed to the fact that the whole tea leaf is ingested. This means that it delivers a much higher potency of chlorophyll, catechinsand antioxidants.

Natural Fact of the Day

All types of tea, whether white, green, black, or oolong, come from the very same plant (the Camellia sinensis). A tea’s “color” classification is determined by the processing of the leaves from field to cup. No matter the selection, tea is packed with antioxidants and a delicious beverage hot or cold. Personally, my favorites are iced green tea with a splash of lemonade, hot jasmine green tea or black tea with a teaspoon of honey and a splash of organic milk.  What’s your favorite? If you don’t know, broaden your tea horizons and try some new varieties today!