This Turmeric Ginger Lemonade with fresh Mint is great for fighting fatigue and reducing inflammation in the body. It’s quick to make, naturally sweetened, and super refreshing! A homemade lemonade with a hint of spice, tartness, and Zing! Vegan, paleo, and AMAZING!
Just letting you know this Turmeric Ginger Lemonade recipe was originally published in June 2014. I retested, rephotographed, updated content and URL. Now I am republishing it for you today! I hope you enjoy. Thank you for following Cotter Crunch Y’all!.
Ginger, Lemon, Turmeric, Maple Syrup (or Raw Honey), and garnish of fresh mint! Yes –> It’s detoxifying, soothing, & alkalizing!!
okay ya’ll, before I jump into this post, I want to share why I am reposting. One .. my husband just participated in his first bike race last weekend after retiring in 2015 from Triathlon!! This is why I made those Tropical Bars, remember? But at the same time, he also got sick and overdid it the week before. LOL! Hence this Turmeric Ginger Lemonade with Mint. Soothing, healing, and all things anti-inflammatory. Yes I am on that kick along with Junk Free June.
That being said, let’s reminisce on those Pro Triathlon days when I was sherpa wife. You ready to relive it? I am! Here’s an old post from 2015 on how to help prevent/reduce chronic fatigue and boost recovery with FOOD!
If there’s two things endurance athletes try their hardest to avoid, it’s Chronic inflammation and Chronic Fatigue. Unfortunately, I think most athletes (pro and recreational) have had their bouts of both from time to time. It’s like the plague! My husband suffered from chronic fatigue in 2009 from over training and under resting. Yep, we learned the hard way, BUT… WE LEARNED early. Which is why I do my best to keep him (us) well fueled/nourished and he does his best to see that he gets that proper recovery. Plus I make us both Turmeric Ginger Lemonade with touch of Zingy MINT!
Why am I talking about this? Well, the kiwi (aka my husband) is back from multiple weekends of racing. He has a semi recovery week, then another race, then a full “reset” recovery for 2 weeks. That’s a lot racing and intensity, which of course can cause too much inflammation and free radicals in the body. You need some degree of inflammation in the body to keep healthy, but it is possible for that inflammatory response to get out of control (like with racing, stress, overtraining, toxins, etc. ).
The “lull” between races (or even hard training weeks) is where I like to “MAXIMIZE” his antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. I also like to try to incorporate more alkalizing foods/drinks into his diet to help flush out any lactic acid build up. And since he is resting more this week, he can consume more power green bowls and salad combos, juices, superfood smoothies, etc. without it causing digestive problems.
One of the other ways I like to add in these nutrients is by making a Turmeric Ginger Lemonade with Mint leaves to garnish (as mentioned above).
I adore turmeric, ginger, and citrus together! It’s such a powerful nutrient combo. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and is said to be 5x stronger than Vitamin C as an immunity booster. Ginger is right up there, great anti-inflammatory spice and can improve the absorption of essential nutrients. Which we all need right? Better nutrient absorption, less stress, better recovery, feeling good vibes!!!
And don’t forget the touch mint! It truly evens out that spice and gives it a soothing refreshing taste. Plus Mint leaves are also great for soothing digestion and sinuses!Print
Turmeric Ginger Lemonade with fresh Mint is great for fighting fatigue and reducing inflammation in the body. It’s quick to make, naturally sweetened, and super refreshing! Vegan, Paleo.
- 4-5 cups spring water
- 1 to 2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 to 2 teaspoon ginger or 1 tbsp fresh ginger root
- 1/4 cups or more lemon juice or juice of 1 lemon
- Lemon Slices
- 2 -4 tablespoon maple syrup or raw honey (adjust to desired sweetness)
- 1 tsp Optional Lemon extract or lemon powder (such as true lemon)
- Optional Stevia to sweeten more if desired
- Optional pinch of black pepper to activate curcumin in turmeric
- Fresh Mint leaves
- Bring water to a light boil on the stove. Add in your spices and let it boil again for a minute, then reduce and simmer turmeric for 10 minutes. Remove from the stove and let it cool a bit. Then strain the liquid to get rid of excess ginger root or spice powder. Strain with a mesh strainer or cloth. Pour the rest of the liquid into a pitcher along with your lemon juice, extracts, and sweetener of choice. Mix again so that the maple syrup and lemon juice are combined with the turmeric ginger brew. x
- Garnish with extra lemon slices, fresh mint, and store in fridge. Add ice if desired but note it will dilute flavor.
- **Notes*- Simmering will extract the beneficial compounds from the turmeric and ginger
- Adapted from Whole Journey
Nutrition Facts with 2 tbsp honey
Serves 4 Amount Per Serving Calories 36 % Daily Value* Total Fat 0.1g 0% Saturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 1.5mg 0% Total Carbohydrate 9.3g 3% Dietary Fiber 0.2g Sugars 8.2g Protein 0.1g 0% Vitamin C 4.8mg 8% Calcium 2.9mg 0% Iron 0.4mg 2%
Feel free to add ice but it will dilute flavor.
Keeping the body fueled with alkaline foods has been pretty easy this week. Well, except my daily glass of red wine. Hey, it’s rich in resveratrol. I’ll take it!
Anyway, as I mentioned Monday, this is definitely a superfood drink week! We have been packing in those veggie superfood smoothies. Beets, more ginger, cabbage, and fresh tropical fruit. Today we are sippin on this “HEALING” lemonade tonic and resting a bit more. Yes yes, I know some people view “golden drinks” /juices/smoothies as a way to detox or cleanse, but for us, it’s about ADDING! Calories are not the focus as much as the nutrients are. Needless to say, everyone has a different approach to fueling their body! And to be honest, I think you need to find a happy medium with it. Know which are best for you and when your body needs it. Ya know?
So for this week, we’re hitting up an extra glass of turmeric ginger lemonade, red vitality smoothies, and super greens. We should be stronger than Super Woman and Super Man by next week. WATCH OUT!
Favorite Recovery drink or Lemonade combo? Ever tried Turmeric Ginger Lemonade?