Drinks to kickstart your morning

I'm not a morning person, I'm just not. Waking up is a real struggle for me, I just don't want to leave the cosiness of my bed, especially when it starts getting colder. Unfortunately, I do need to wake up early for school every day, so I had to come up with a few tricks to get me started in the morning. After I wake up, with the help of 5(!) different alarm clocks, I still need something to really really wake me up, if you know what I mean. And that's where these drinks come in. 
I drink at least one of these every morning and it just gives me a little boost to get me started in the morning. So without further ado, let's get in to it.

Ginger shot

The first drink, and the one I drink the most, is the ginger shot. It only has two ingredients: apple and ginger. Although this is just a little shot, it packs a punch. 

Ingredients:

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  • 1/2 apple
  • 2-3 cm chunk of ginger (You can use more or less depending on how much you like ginger)

How to make:

This little guy is super easy to make, you just pop your apple and ginger in the juicer and let the juicer do it's thing. I do add a little bit of water to it right before I drink it, to make it a little less strong.
Although this is very simple to make, I do usually make a double batch, just because I don't want to have to clean my juicer every single day for just one little shot. Afterwards I keep my juice in a good flask to preserve as many of the nutrients as possible. 

Why it's good for you:

First of all, this shot really wakes you up. It's like getting punched in the face, but in a good way. It's like the kick in the butt you need to get on with your day.
Other than that it's just really healthy for your (it's also known as the healthy espresso). Ginger is one of nature's superfoods, it has many known (and scientifically proven) health benefits. It's a natural antiviral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, it's known to reduce nausea and to increase bloodflow, to just name a few. 
Needless to say that although it's only a little juice, it's actually a real big shot (get it :p?).

Hot water infusion

The first time I drank this infusion, I absolutely hated it! But after playing around with the ingredients for a little while, I have now figured out my perfect recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of baobab (you can leave this out if you can't get your hands on it)
  • 1 Teaspoon of agave syrup (or honey)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Large chunk of ginger (peeled and sliced into little strips)
  • Hot water

How to make:

Start by mixing the dry ingredients together in a big mug. Add the agave syrup and the lemon juice and stir until everything is combined. Then top up your mug with hot water.
I usually make this right when I wake up, so that by the time I am dressed, it has cooled down enough for me to start drinking it.

Why it's good for you:

This drink contains a whole bunch of healthy herbs and spices. We once again have ginger with all of it's amazing health benefits.
But other than that, this drink also contains cinnamon, which is loaded with powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols. Cinnamon is also a natural anti-inflammatory and is even believed to cut the risk of heart disease because of its beneficial effects on some of the key risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, etc...
It also contains cayenne pepper, lemon and baobab.
Baobab is derived from the baobab tree, also known as the tree of life. Baobab is a rich source of vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. Vitamin C contributes to normal energy release, which is probably why this drink helps me wake up in the morning, although I'm pretty sure the heat from the cayenne pepper helps too.

Infused water

This one is a drink that my dad introduced me to. He usually makes about 1,5liters and drinks this during the day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Lemons
  • 3 Limes
  • A large chunk of ginger (peeled and grated)

How to make:

Juice your lemons and limes (with a citrus press, no need to use your juicer for this one) and grate your ginger. Add all of this to a large water bottle and top up with water. You can add a bit of honey or agave syrup if you like, to make it a bit sweeter and your good to go.

Why it's good for you:

Once again, this drink contains ginger, nature's superfood.
Other than that, it contains lemon and lime juice, both of which are rich in vitamin C. As I have previously mentioned, vitamin C helps regulate your energy levels. Besides that, it also helps fight of the common cold and the flu, it helps lower your cholesterol levels, it lowers the risk of heart disease and it's even been used to help fight cancer.

Let me know if you try any of these or if there are any other drinks you use to wake yourself up in the mornings.

Talk to you soon,

Nakiska