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Drink of the Week

Jan 14, 2015 04:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
Morning Tonic by Yvonne Ardestani

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The beautiful hue of this drink can only mean good things and there are indeed powerful health benefits in this simple looking beverage; Ardestani states, “Morning tonic hydrates, aids digestion, support colon health, makes the skin glow, and boots the metabolism”. A couple quick additions to that list include anti-inflammatory properties, removal of toxins, and an immune system boost. You might remember Ardestani from the Turkey Day Leftover column, in which I discussed her user-friendly and informative vegan/gluten-free iPhone app My Eclectic Kitchen. You can find the health benefits of each of the tonic’s ingredient described in further detail in the app. Sometimes I add a little ground ginger or cardamom if I’m feeling experimental. The morning tonic can be bitter so it helps to add a sweetener of your preference. I use a little honey or agave while Ardestani uses a few drops of liquid stevia. Warm up your mornings with this healthful tonic and start your day off with the right.

Ingredients – Makes 1
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • ¼- ½ lemon, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1-2 shakes of cayenne pepper


1. In a kettle or small saucepot, bring filtered water to almost a boil.

2. Remove the pot from the heat and wait 2-3 minutes for water to cool a little. It is important to wait because very hot water will destroy the enzymes and vitamins in the lemon juice.

3. Pour into a mug and add lemon juice, turmeric, and cayenne pepper.

4. Stir well and enjoy!

Ardestani, Yvonne. “Morning Tonic.” My Eclectic Kitchen. iPhone app. Apple app store. My Eclectic Kitchen, 9 January 2015. Web. 2014.

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