Another way to glow on the go…

is with this ginger/matcha concoction I’ve been drinking lately.

ginger matcha eliz

I’ve been taking it pretty much everywhere in a cute travel cup, and it’s made from ingredients that are amazing for your skin and body.

(Oh, and if you’re wondering about the other way I glow on the go…it’s by taking pretty little travel packs of collagen peptides with me to mix into coffee or other hot drinks.  Here’s a link to the original post:

Want to glow on the go?

So let me tell you more about this drink…

This mixture of ginger, matcha and lemon or lime is quick to put together and tastes refreshing.  Pour it in a cute bottle (like my daniel glass) and you’re good to go.

All I did was steep some fresh ginger in almost boiling water, squeeze in some  lemon juice, and whisk in the matcha.  If you want to feel a little badass (don’t we all?) sprinkle in some cayenne pepper.

You can drink this hot, cold or at room temp like I do.  (I really prefer most of my drinks that way…read this post to find out why:   I love all of Justin Bieber’s new singles…  ) I’ll give measurements at the end of this post, but you can adjust everything according to taste.

I can’t take credit for this concoction…my sister was drinking something similar a few summers ago.  I just tweaked it a little bit.  Thanks, Jen!  (Um, also thanks for still putting up with me after all the mean things I did back in the ’70s.)

Ginger contains potent antioxidants that protect the skin against free radical damage and aging.  It also contains anti inflammatories which have been shown to be helpful with arthritis.  It may even help protect against some forms of cancer.  And it happens to taste amazing! Fresh ginger is easy to find in the produce section of most grocery stores.

Don’t even get me started on lemon…I think fresh lemon juice is so important.  The vitamin C helps your body produce collagen for firm skin.  (If you are consuming some collagen peptides every day even better!)  Vitamin C is also known to brighten skin tone.  And lemon and ginger make a wonderful flavor combo.

Matcha is a much better source of antioxidants than regular green tea, since you are getting the entire leaf.  Like ginger, it helps protect the skin against free radicals.  The chlorophyll removes toxins from your body.

While matcha contains caffeine, it also contains L-Theanine, which gives a calm, focused energy.  L-Theanine even helps you produce dopamine and serotonin, which improve your mood.  The matcha is very diluted, so I can drink this all day and have no problem falling asleep.  Seriously, what’s not to like?!

Matcha and green tea are also said to improve metabolism and aid in weight loss.

Cayenne pepper is good for your circulatory and digestive systems.  It boosts metabolism and may even inhibit the growth of cancer cells.  It also adds a nice heat.  Start with just a sprinkle…add more depending on how much you like to spice things up.

happy, healthy and hot matcha ginger drink

one inch chunk of fresh ginger

two lemons or limes

one teaspoon matcha 

sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional)

two quarts of water

Cut the fresh ginger into smaller chunks.  No need to peel!  Bring one quart of water to a boil, drop in the ginger, and turn off the heat.  Let it sit on the burner for at least 10 minutes.  (Sometimes I do this at night and just let it sit overnight.)

Squeeze the juice of two lemons or limes into the ginger water.  Then whisk the matcha and optional cayenne pepper in.  

You could strain this if you feel like it…I usually don’t bother.  I just use a spoon to scoop out the ginger.  Dilute with the second quart of water…this will cool it down and you can serve over ice if you like.  I personally like it at room temp.

This makes a ton (well, a half gallon to be exact).  I usually pour some into travel bottles and put the rest in a pitcher.  Shake or stir if the matcha settles to the bottom.  Feel free to adjust the quantities to your individual taste…you can’t go wrong!

So, can this ginger + lemon + matcha drink help you feel happy, healthy and hot? Absolutely!

You will be happy drinking something that makes you feel so great.  The ingredients are incredibly healthy.  And a drink like this can help you maintain a healthy weight, have more energy, and firm and glowing skin…very hot!

SHOP THE POST:

Thrive Market  this is my go-to for stuff like matcha. cacao powder, coconut oil, etc.  Great prices and you can save even more if you go thru my link…you’ll save 25% off your first order

Daniel Glass  cute glass water bottle covered with a cute silicone sleeve that makes it easy to grab.  Use my code HAPPYHEALTHYANDHOT to save 10%

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