My recipes are ever so often something I saw on Pinterest, mixed with something I have in my house. My Hippie Juice is no exception. Pinterest told me that this mixture (or something similar), was good for “melting belly fat” (I know right, cancel that gym membership, lets order pizza!) but my common sense and nutritional background tells me the following:
Ginger has been used for centuries to relieve cold symptoms. The anti-inflammatory properties have even been shown to kill rhinoviruses.
Lemon is said to help with congestion, they are high in Vit C, help flush the kidneys, enhance the immune system and has antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Apple Cider Vinegar tastes gross, but if the taste can kill your will to live, think what it can do for the virus! Seriously though, drink it, gargle it, sleep with a bottle under your pillow. Do what you must, but this stuff is your ally!
Cucumber is high in Vit A and Vit C and folic acid. But the main reason I add this to my drink is the taste. I find that cucumber (along with mint from my garden) tastes like a spa day. It tastes fresh and healthy and even if it had zero healing qualities, a nice dose of placebo never hurt anyone.
Honey needs basically no introduction. Liquid gold, soothing, beautiful honey. Honey is used in the medical field in wound management, treating coughs, and to stimulate the immune system.
And now the kicker – water! Keeping hydrated is crucial in life and in sickness.
So here’s what I did to make my version of the Pinterest potion.
Cold-busting Hippie Juice
In a large pitcher, combine the following:
- The juice of three large lemons
- Two cups of peeled and thinly sliced fresh ginger (I bought the biggest ginger roots at Walmart yesterday, seriously the size of my 2-year-old’s arm!)
- One thinly sliced cucumber
- Four generous “glugs” of ACV – probably a cup or so
- Honey to taste (I used probably 2 tablespoons in a 2-litre pitcher)
Just fill with water, stir to combine, let steep in the fridge for a while and start chugging. I finished 3 pitchers yesterday. When I drank the last of the juice, I just added more ACV, more water and put it back in the fridge.
So at the end of the day, I was well hydrated, my symptoms were relieved AND for the first time in forever, I could drink something without having to share with my kids. They both had one sip and decided, in Alice’s words, that they “need some coke or something to taste their mouths better again.”
I still have belly fat though…