Tea vs. coffee? Which are you? I’m both, but in the morning I’m a coffee person—tea often upsets my empty stomach. But lately I’ve been drinking a morning elixir that’s not only amazingly healthy and filled with super spices, it’s also delicious. It’s an iteration of wellness expert Erica Gragg’s Rise and Shine elixir that I sort of made into my own with a few changes. It’s delicious, soothing, healthy, and takes about 3 minutes to make. A lot of recipes I read are just too complicated, and I’m too busy: but keep these six things on hand in your kitchen, and your mornings will be ten times better.
KEEP THIS IN YOUR KITCHEN
2. A bottle of MCT Oil. We love this brand specifically.
3. Organic Ginger Powder. You can easily find this. A pricey-but-worth-it option is the Wakaya Perfection Organic Pink Fijian Ginger Powder for those ginger junkies. Otherwise, Frontier is a great option.
5. Organic cayenne powder. Try Simply Organic.
THE RECIPE: THE ULTIMATE MORNING ELIXIR
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon tumeric
The juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon MCT oil
1 tablespoon local honey
As soon as I wake up I heat up water. If you don’t have an electric kettle, you’re making your life harder. This is a great one from Kitchen-Aid, or if you want to keep it simple and inexpensive this one from Hamilton is great too. Just don’t get a plastic one: they tend to break pretty easily. I keep a small jar or plastic container of ginger, cayenne, and turmeric in my kitchen, and I always have lemons. Simply juice one lemon into your coffee mug and add 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon each of ginger, cayenne, and turmeric. Then add 2 squirts or 1 tablespoon of MCT oil. You can substitute this for olive or argan oil if you prefer. I like to take vitamin D and ashwaganda each day, among many other vitamins and supplements, but these are easy to keep on hand as liquid and just add them to my morning elixir. You might find it easy to add other vitamins or supplements that you take. Then fill your mug with hot water and mix in one tablespoon of honey. Drink up! Note: if you’re buying bulk spices keep small jars on your countertop. This will help you remind you to make it each morning and they look pretty, too.