My Winter Sunshine Tonic
I wanted to share this little drink that I have most mornings during Winter that I like to call my ‘Winter Sunshine tonic’. It’s a delicious concoction of some amazing ingredients (ginger, apple cider vinegar, manuka honey, and lemon) that’ll help ward off the nasty bugs that go around at this time of year and keep you bright and full of beans throughout Winter!
So far, fingers crossed, despite all the travel and contact with different sick people I’ve managed to completely avoid any colds or flus this year (and last year too). Of course you could say it’s good luck; however, I reckon having this every morning, along with getting a good night’s sleep (as much pregnancy and a toddler will let me!), eating well and getting some winter fresh air and sunshine, has helped HEAPS.
As well as containing a heap of lovely vitamin C and antioxidants, this tonic is also great for getting your digestive juices going (literally!). Clever Apple cider vinegar and lemon in warm water helps stimulate stomach acid and bile production, providing support with your digestion. Lots of people swear it helps to relieve bloating, indigestion and heartburn (thanks to better digestion) – in fact, I reckon my heartburn is nowhere near as bad in this pregnancy as it was with my first! So it really is a great way to start off your day, even out of Winter. Enjoy!
Nadia’s Winter Sunshine Tonic
– 1 teaspoon manuka honey
– 1 cinnamon stick and/or sprig of thyme or rosemary (optional)
– 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
– ½ – 1 teaspoon grated fresh turmeric (optional)
– 1-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
– Juice of ½ lemon, tangelo or grapefruit
Place manuka honey, cinnamon stick/thyme sprig, ginger and turmeric in a mug and top up with about 200ml boiling water.
Stir (to dissolve honey) and leave for a few minutes to allow flavours to infuse. Then stir in apple cider vinegar and lemon/tangelo/grapefruit juice.
Sip away and feel warm and nourished from the inside out!
A bit more on Apple Cider Vinegar in case you’re wondering…
One of the most popular brands of apple cider vinegar (ACV) is Ceres Organics. It’s unfiltered, non-processed, and is made from organic NZ apples (that’s literally all it contains!). It comes with “the mother,” a cloudy substance at the bottom of the bottle that produces the good bacteria and enzymes responsible for many of ACV’s health benefits. For such an inexpensive ingredient it has lots to offer – digestive health and blood sugar management support, as well as being a handy topical soothing antiseptic. I used it a while back to help soothe the itchy eczema rash I had on one my fingers (by soaking my finger in a mix of apple cider vinegar and water). But it is also a must-have in the pantry because it is so darn handy in the kitchen! It makes the best dressings, pickling vinegar (apple-cider pickled onions are fab!), drinks (refreshing sodas and teas) and adds a delicious tart and sweet flavour and balance in cooking (you can also use it as a substitute to wine in cooking, just use 1 part ACV to 3 parts water!).
Here are a few more easy ideas/recipes for using ACV…
Basic Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing
- Simply whisk together (or shake up in a jar) 3 tablespoons maple syrup, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, juice of ½ lemon, ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Sparkling Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Soda
- Mix together 1½ tablespoons ACV with the juice of 1 juicy lime (or ½ lemon), 1 teaspoon honey (or other sweetener) and 2 cups chilled sparkling water. Top up with ice for a refreshing drink!
Spiced Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic (a recipe from Ceres Organics)
To be doing what I am today is a dream come true. It all started when I was 12 years old. I was watching TV after school one day and Jamie Oliver was cooking up a storm on The Naked Chef.