Why haven't there been many pictures of Thatcher lately?
Have you ever tried to catch wiggly fur ball?
There's my handsome boy! I had to bribe him for this one... :)
On to today's recipe - -
A couple weeks ago, our own Cate Nolan shared a post about turmeric. If you missed it, go read it now, but then come back! Here's the link.
This recipe is how I get my turmeric, my vitamin C, and lots of other good stuff.
And it's so tasty!
I have to give credit to a couple other people, though. I didn't think this one up on my own!
The core of this recipe is from Trim Healthy Mama's Singing Canary. (also delicious, but a little more complex).
Then last spring, my friend Martha Greene of Marmee Dear & Company, shared a simpler version on her Facebook page. (Check out her Facebook page!)
I tweaked her recipe a little, but not much.
You need some special ingredients for this drink, but they're easy to get thanks to the internet.
The Daily Sunshine Drink
If you have one of those handy stick blenders (I love mine!), combine all the ingredients in a 1-quart mason jar and blend them there.
Otherwise, put the ingredients in your blender...
1 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 teaspoons stevia sweetener, or 3/32 teaspoon pure stevia
1 teaspoon Vitamin C powder
1 scoop integral collagen
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon orange extract, or 8 drops orange essential oil
1/8 teaspoon lemon extract, or 4 drops lemon essential oil
pinch mineral salt
Blend together, then add 4 to 6 ice cubes and more water to make one quart, and your drink is ready to enjoy!
Now, about those special ingredients...
These two are your Vitamin C powerhouses. The lemon juice is in your local grocery store. I buy the Vitamin C powder on-line. Each teaspoon of the powder provides 450 mg Vitamin C. Here's the link to this powder on Amazon.
I buy my Integral Collagen from the Trim Healthy Mama website. What is this stuff? Here's the link from THM to tell you more about this product. Basically, it's gelatin broken down into shorter amino acid chains. You can substitute gelatin powder for the collagen without affecting the benefits. Here's a link to gelatin powder on Amazon. Or you can use Knox gelatin (those orange boxes from your grocery store).
Benefits? It's supposed to soothe joints, your nervous system and help your skin, nails and hair. I know my nails are stronger and my hair is thicker since I've been using this.
It's just another form of my mom's remedy for brittle nails from the 1950's - Jello. :)
Sorry about the fuzzy picture... Be sure to use a good quality turmeric. Some of the cheaper brands have been found to be less than pure, triggering a recall a couple months ago.
The Truvia, on the left, is a blend of stevia and erythritol (a natural zero carb sugar alcohol). The erythritol lessens the bitterness that some people taste in pure stevia.
The stevia package on the right is from Trim Healthy Mama. I haven't found it to have that bitter edge, but different people have different tastes.
I use 3 teaspoons of the Truvia, or 3/32 teaspoon of the pure stevia. (In THM language, 1/32 teaspoon is called a "doonk." So 3 doonks.) :)
The flavorings. Katie, my future daughter-in-law, is my supplier for doTerra essential oils. I really only use this one and the lemon for this drink. They add a zing!
But you can also use extracts from the grocery store to achieve the depth of flavor that makes this drink sing. I'm not into essential oils, and I'm sure there are benefits from using them instead of the extracts, but I'm really looking for flavor here.
|Real Salt from Amazon|
Some people will say that salt is salt. Good old sodium chloride is all you need.
But I figure that if I can increase my intake of beneficial minerals while I'm salting my food, why miss that?
I use Real Salt as my mineral salt. The price is reasonable (especially when you buy it in bulk), and it's been around for years.
And one more thing - - If you like cold drinks in a Mason jar, don't forget to put a sock on it.
Clean orphan socks love to find new purpose as a drink cozy!
This drink is one way I stay healthy during cold and flu season. What are your favorite tricks?
Jan Drexler loves her family, her home, cooking and just about anything made by hand. But she loves her Lord most of all.
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