Four Healthy Winter Tonics

By MiNDFOOD

Four Healthy Winter Tonics
With winter upon us, a sharp, tangy tonic often provides the boost you need. Lemons, honey, ginger and garlic have long been used to help fight winter ailments. These tonics also use miso, cayenne pepper, apple cider and turmeric as they have antibacterial properties and vitamins.

Miso, ginger, garlic & turmeric

Mix into a paste in a small bowl, glass or cup: 1 tablespoon red miso paste, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, ½ teaspoon freshly grated turmeric, and ½ clove crushed garlic. Add hot water and allow to steep for 2-3 minutes. Helps ease aches and pains of flu.

Spicy lemonade

Grate a 2cm piece of ginger into a cup or bowl. Pour over 1 cup of hot water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Remove the ginger, and add the juice of 1 lemon, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper or chilli flakes, and 1 heaped teaspoon manuka honey. Stir well. Take to relieve nasal congestion.

Green tea with apple cider & honey

Make a pot or cup of green tea. While warm, mix in 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon honey. Stir well to combine. Great to help restore appetite and stomach health.

Onion broth with parsley

Peel and thinly slice one large brown onion and 2 cloves garlic. Heat a pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil and fry onion for 10-15 minutes, until it is soft and just beginning to brown. Add garlic and cook 5 minutes more. Season with a little salt and cayenne pepper. Add 2 cups of water and cook through for 5 minutes. Strain the liquid of the onion solids, reserving the juice. Mix in 1 tablespoon chopped parsley and serve hot. Best served to ease chest congestion.

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