I don’t know if it’s the relentless cold weather or what, but I’ve not been feeling 100%. I really crave my time outside, preferably in the warm sun, and that’s just not happening at the moment. The colder weather has also left me craving some heavier, starchier foods and felt like I was getting a little “puffy” and needed a little something to set me right again.
I decided to make a variation of my favorite Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea. The ingredients pack a powerful punch and act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, antioxidant, lymph system cleanser, and more! In this variation, I’ve omitted the cayenne and substituted goji berries instead. The goji berries turn it the most vibrant color of orange and also make it taste DIVINE! You could keep the cayenne if you want, but I prefer this recipe without it. This detox tea works like a charm every time to get my body back on track and feeling great! It’s wonderful for water weight and puffiness that comes from overindulging too!
You can enjoy your Goji Detox Tea at room temperature or over ice. This tea is sweet, tangy and slightly spicy! It always helps me “get back to normal” after travelling or going off my diet. I tend to get puffy and retain water and this tea helps flush out my lymphatic system and reduce swelling. I absolutely love it and I hope you do too!
1. Info for Goji Detox Tea
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Servings: 3
- Calories: 295kcal
2. Ingredients for Goji Detox Tea
- 3 inch knob of ginger (or substitute 3 Tbs ginger powder)
- 3 inch piece of turmeric root (or substitute 3 Tbs turmeric powder)
- 6 small lemons
- 2 tsps stevia powder
- 80 ounces purified water
- In a large blender add about a quart (32 ounces) of water and your goji berries. Let sit for several hours until the goji berries are plump and hydrated. I usually do this the night before. Just fill the blender with water and add the goji berries. I’ll let it sit on the counter or in the fridge overnight. The exact amount of water is not important. Just that the goji berries have time to absorb the water and become soft. Then blend the mixture well and then pour through a nut milk bag or a paint straining bag into a large 80 ounce pitcher. You can get 1 gallon paint straining bags, 2 for $2 at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. Squeeze the remaining liquid through the bag and voilà, you are left with goji juice!! Alternately, you could use a mesh strainer but I’ve found the nut milk/paint straining bags to be much more effective. The directions make it sound a lot more complicated than it is, but believe me, it takes just minutes!
- In a juicer, juice your ginger root, turmeric, and lemons. I recommend using Breville brand juicers. I love Breville because they are easy to use, easy to clean, and great quality!
- In your large pitcher add the ginger+turmeric+lemon juice, goji juice, and enough water to fill. Then add stevia to taste. Mix well with a wooden spoon and adjust flavors as needed. Let sit for about 10 mins before serving to let the flavors blend. Will last about 5 days in the fridge.
4. Tips and advices:
- If you are using powder ingredients only, you’ll want to prepare the herbs as you would loose leaf tea. Boil hot water and add to the powders and let sit until room temp. Then add your lemon, goji juice, and stevia to taste.