Friday, October 21, 2011

Beneficial Beverages

For the athlete, here's  an alternative to commercial electrolyte drinks. For the dairy lover, I offer an uncommon grain milk.

The primary benefit of this refreshing, sweet drink is its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger reduces swelling from injuries, arthritis and even PMS bloating. Lemon replaces lost potassium. The beverage hydrates, provides quick carbohydrate nourishment and alkalizes.

1 whole lemon, unpeeled
1 apple, any variety
1" ginger root, grated (more if you like more kick)
4 c. water

Wash and quarter the lemon. Wash, core, and quarter the apple. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend 30 seconds. Strain through a wire-strainer. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Makes 1 quart.

Barley Milk
More nutritious (although less sweet) than other grain milks, barley milk contributes calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and amino acids to the diet. It is 15% protein and contains vitamins B, C, and E. It aids digestion and nourishes the kidneys.

2/3 c. whole or hulled barley (not pearled)
6 pitted dates
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Soak the barley for 12 hours in 2 or 3 cups of water. Drain and rinse. You may make the milk at this point, or sprout the grain for 24 hours before using. To sprout, leave in a sprouting tray, colander or strainer in a warm place out of direct sunlight. Rinse and drain every 8 hours. To make the milk, combine the prepared grain, 4 cups of water, and the dates and vanilla. Blend in a high-powered blender for 2 minutes. Strain through a nut-milk or nylon bag. Makes 1 quart

To your health and happiness,

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