Breakfast has not always been my favorite time of day. I’m not a morning person and never hungry when I wake up.
But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that breakfast really is the most important part of the day. You’re breaking your body’s fast, which boosts your metabolism and gives your brain and body the fuel it needs to start the day. However, I still struggle with the “getting hungry” part.
A good alternative I’ve discovered is waking up to a nice cup of tea in the morning, which is yummy and stimulates my body into getting hungry.
So, in addition to waking up with a cup of hot tea and some mindfulness meditation, I’ve decided to give my morning tea a superfood boost with goji berries and other fruits to help jump start my day.
Hot lemon water has been popular in diets lately, some going as far as to do a 10 day lemon water detox.
Lemons are acidic in nature and have an alkalyzing effect on your body to aid in reducing acidity in your body and help digestion.
I have always loved sour foods like lemons. My mother used to blanch when I was younger, as I would take a fresh lemon, cut it in half, sprinkle a pinch of salt, and eat it with a spoon.
That puckering flavor is from the lemon’s absorbic and citrus acids.
The goji berry is a sweet superfruit that is chock full of powerful antioxidants that benefit the body in so many ways.
For example, one of my favorite goji berry benefits is the sheer amount of zeaxanthin, which helps to protect the eyes from UV rays. It helps reduce the chance of developing cataracts and can even improve eyesight.
Have you heard of Li Qing Yuen, the man who lived to be 252 years old? The folk tale states that he consumed goji berries on a daily basis.
Other health claims of the goji berry include enhanced liver protection, improved fertility, promotion of skin and hair health, immune system boost, and improved circulation. You may also see goji berries in weight loss products.
Don’t forget cranberries, which add a tart addition to the tea.
Cranberry health benefits include urinary tract health, cancer fighting properties, improved heart health, weight loss, skin and hair health, mental health improvement, immune system boost and kidney protection.
Combining all three of these superfruits results in a powerful cup of tea with a caffeine boost to boot (if you choose caffeinated tea, that is). An additional perk is you can nibble on the berries when you finish the tea as a treat.
- 8 oz pure filtered water
- 2 tbsp goji berries
- 1 tbsp cranberries
- grade A or grade B maple syrup (to taste)
- 1 tea bag (preferably black or green)
- lemon wedge
- Place tea bag, goji berries, and cranberries in the mug.
- Boil the water.
- Pour boiled water in the mug and steep the tea bag for a few minutes or until desired taste.
- Squeeze in the lemon and add maple syrup to taste.
You can vary the tea in many ways. A few of my favorite optional additives include:
- cayenne pepper
- cinnamon sticks
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