This Turmeric Ginger Tonic Is Perfect For Recovery

More and more athletes are turning to turmeric and ginger for their anti-inflammatory powers.

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More and more athletes are turning to turmeric and ginger for their anti-inflammatory powers. That makes this elixir a great way to simultaneously rehydrate and tame the flame. You can turn this into a warm drink for the cooler months by heating it on the stove top until hot to the touch, or it’s a great hot summer night drink when mixed with club soda and served over ice.

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegan or Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Active Time: 10 min.

I often freeze some fresh turmeric root, which makes it easier to grate when I want to use it to make a hot
herbal tea.

3- to 4-inch piece fresh turmeric, thinly sliced
2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons honey
Juice of ½ orange

Place 4 cups water, turmeric, ginger, honey, and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until cooled to room temperature. Stir in orange juice and then strain mixture into a glass jar. Chill until ready to serve, for up to 1 week. When ready to serve, place ice in a glass and pour in turmeric drink.

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Convert this into a post-training recovery shake by blending 1 cup turmeric drink with 1 cup chopped mango, 1 small chopped carrot, 1/3 cup plain or vanilla protein powder, and 1 small chopped frozen banana.

Game Changers: Sweeten with agave syrup instead of honey Use lime or lemon juice instead of orange

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