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Morning-Approved Cocktails

I drink a lot in the morning (don’t worry, i’ts not what it sounds like)…

There are so many delicious, nutrient-dense drinks that I love to begin my day with, I usually end up spending most mornings bouncing around between cocktails (no complaints).

Because our belly’s are empty in the morning (our body cleanses and detoxifies as we sleep), it is the perfect time to enjoy some liquid nutrition to get the digestive system working before taking in solid foods.  Below are some of my favorite morning cocktails, each offering something unique, but all delicious and nutritious.

Hot water with lemonlemon water

The ultimate detoxifier… Hot lemon water is a great way to start your day because it continues the detoxification process that the body goes through while you sleep. The hot water helps to rehydrate the body after not drinking water all night, and the lemon juice is alkalizing on the body,  helping to reduce inflammation and calm the digestive system so you can begin your day with a healthy and balanced start.

Hot Lemon Water {recipe}

Warm 2 cups of water to desired heat (usually just before boiling)

Add the juice of ½ lemon (I use this lemon squeezer to get all the juice out)

Enjoy!

Want to jazz up your morning lemon water? Add a dash of cayenne to increase circulation, boost the immune system, enhance detoxification and support the health of your heart.

Green smoothie

green smoothie

For me, green smoothies are a staple in my morning routine. They are the perfect excuse to take in a big dose of leafy greens first thing in the morning, and because they are blended (aka already chewed for you) they support digestion and really get things moving in the body! Smoothies are really versatile, and can be as filling or light as you want them to be. For breakfast, I typically enjoy something a little more heavy and filling (recipe below) and for a snack, I typically stick with greens and fruits with a bit of unrefined coconut oil (fats help us absorb fat soluble vitamins).

On the mornings when I am trekking into NYC to work at Dr Lipmans, this is what my morning smoothie usually looks like:

Green Strawberry Bliss {recipe}

2 big handfuls of greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard, etc)

½ – 1 banana (depending in the sweetness you prefer)

½ cup frozen strawberries

½ lemon, peeled and pitted

1 teaspoon spirulina

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

1 cup homemade cashew milk

Water and ice to blend

*Optional – add a scoop of good-quality protein powder to your morning smoothie to make it more filling.

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Green Juice

Hello nutrients! The difference between smoothies and juices is the fiber (smoothies have the plant fiber and juices do not). Because you are taking out the fiber in a juice, you have the space to use a lot more produce, which means a lot more vitamins, nutrients, enzymes and phytonutrients. Want to strengthen your immune system? Get a boost of energy? Reach for a green juice.green juice

Whether you are making your juices at home or buying them freshly made, you want to make sure that you are getting mostly vegetables with only a little fruit. Because there is no fiber in juice, everything goes directly into your blood stream, and if there are a lot of fruits used, your blood sugar will quickly increase (something you want to avoid).

Refreshing Cucumber Mojito {recipe}

2 handfuls of spinach

2 cucumbers

1 handful of fresh mint

1 lime

1 green apple

Rinse all produce and juice.

Hot ginger tea

Cleanse and digest!  Ginger is an amazing herb used for many different ailments, probably best known for its ability to soothe, comfort and balance the digestive tract.  Drinking hot ginger tea comes from Ayurvedic practices, and it can be a great way to start the day, especially if your belly is feeling a bit off or if you had a late/big dinner the night before.grated ginger

Homemade Ginger Tea {recipe}

Grate a 1-2 inch piece of ginger using a small cheese grater or a microplane.

Using your fingers, squeeze the juice out of the grated pulp over a mug.

Add hot water and enjoy!

(if its a little too spicy for you, add a teaspoon of raw honey)

Golden Milk

Ahhh golden milk, you are so nourishing, warming and unique. I fell in love with golden milk a few years back while exploring an adorable town in South Hampton. We stumbled into this adorable hippy/health food/smoothie/juice/magical abyss, and among all of the different concoctions listed out on the menu, we choose golden milk. After thoroughly enjoying it and further investigating, I learned just how healing it was. Tumeric, one of the main ingredients, has been used in India for thousands of years. It helps the body fight inflammation (inflammation being the root cause of all disease, illness and imbalance) and is loaded with antioxidants, which bind to free radicals (which can be cancer-causing) and deactivate them, preventing then from doing any harm. Tumeric supports brain and heart health, and is used to treat those suffering from joint pain (curcumin – a derivative of turmeric – is extremely affective at decreasing the inflammation that causes joint pain). All that from just one ingredient!

Golden Milk {recipe}golden milk

1½ cups water

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

¼ cup cashews

1 – 3 teaspoons raw honey (dependent on how sweet you like it)

1 teaspoon organic, ground turmeric

Place all of your ingredients into a blender and blend on high for about 1 minute.

Warm mixture over a low heat (try not to boil) and enjoy.

Bullet Proof Coffee

A boost of energy (without the anxiety).  With the understanding that coffee is not for everyone and it should be enjoyed as a treat opposed to drinking it all day, bulletproof coffee has changed my life, so I felt obligated to include it here.  Sure, it probably sounds super strange to mix butter and oil with your morning cup-of-joe, but hear me out…

Adding butter to hot drinks is actually more common then you think and is a longstanding tradition in many parts of the world.  In this case, the fats in the butter and coconut oil change the way the body processes the coffee, preventing the spike and crash often associated with caffeine.  In addition, this drink has been shown to increase mental clarity and energy while keeping hunger at bay.  For me, I love to enjoy a cup about an hour after my morning smoothie.  Being someone who is sensitive to caffeine, I definitely feel it affecting my body differently, not feeling the typically feelings of anxiety and nervousness that I sometimes can get from enjoying a coffee.  The best way to decide if this is for you?  Try it and see how you feel (unless, of course, you dislike coffee, have had a bad reaction to it or anything of the like).  In that case, just stick with any of the other cocktails on the list.

Bullet Proof-ish Coffee {recipe}bulletproof coffee

1 cup coffee (preferably organic)

1 tablespoon grass-fed butter or ghee (preferably organic)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/4 cup nut milk of choice (I love homemade cashew milk)

Optional sweetener (stevia, raw honey, pure maple syrup)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smoothie and frothy (usually about 10 seconds).

Enjoy!

Herbal Tea

Healing, nurturing and medicinal.  I have totally fallen in love with herbal medicine over the past few years, traveling to herbal conferences, attending classes and buying books to immerse myself in the amazing abilities of plants!  There are all sorts of ways to get your herbs in, but in my opinion, nothing comes close to sitting down with a hot cup of tea that is not only comforting but healing to the body!!  I drink tea throughout the day, and often I will incorporate herbs to balance myself (like Traditional Medicinals Everyday Detox when my life is feeling a little toxic, or their Female Toner when I am needing some feminine energy).

dried herbs

Remember, not all tea bags are created equal, so make sure to check out this post by the Food Babe to make sure you are getting clean, toxin-free tea!

A Cup Of Tea {recipe}

If you are using a tea bag:

Place boiling water and tea bag into a mug and let sit (covered) for about 10 minutes – this is to make sure all of the medicinal qualities of the herbs are extracted.

If you are using looseleaf tea:

Place herbs in a mesh tea ball and follow instructions above.

Or you can place loose herbs (about 1 tablespoon to every cup of water) and boiling water in a mason jar (make sure the jar is warmed under warm water if it is chilly out), let the herbs steep, covered, for 10-20 minutes, then, using a tightly woven strainer, strain the herbs out and enjoy your tea!

Feel free to add raw honey to sweeten.

 

Did I miss your favorite morning drink!?  Excited to try one of mine!?  I would LOVE to hear about it in the comments below…

 

with love and healthy cocktails,

Amanda

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