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Fire Cider

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Steeping Fire Cider
Fire Cider is a potent tonic
Fire Cider is an all-natural, organic herbal remedy for cold and flu but also for so much more. Although it can speed up the healing process of a cold or flu, I use it as preventative medicine to keep me and my gut healthy all winter long. Fire Cider boosts immune function, increases blood flow and oxygen delivery, breaks up mucous, and helps the body to remove wastes from tissues. As the colder months creep in and our immune systems all grow a little weaker, this powerful potion gives our gut a little kick start and warms it up so it can function at a higher level and fight against colds and flu. The word “fire” refers to the many warming ingredients in the cider that help our digestions function properly.
A healthy gut is the key to overall health
Why? All the good microbes are, for the most part, hanging out in our guts and their job is to support our immune system, protect us from diseases, and detoxify the body. This good bacteria is so important for our bodies, which is why taking antibiotics weakens our defense system. Yes, antibiotics take out the bad bacteria- which play a role in inflammation and chronic disease- but they also wipe out our good bacteria, which is vital for optimum health! Bacteria (good bacteria) is our body’s best friend, which is why I like to consume komucha, kefir, miso, and other products that contain probiotics. Don’t worry though, friends, if you drink a shot of this fire cider once or twice daily (preferably in the morning when your digestion is its clearest), you won’t need any antibiotics because you will be so incredibly healthy and feeling stellar all winter long!
So what’s in this magical stuff?
I could write for days about the beneficial properties of all the ingredients in the cider so I will just list a few of their powers. The ingredients in this cider are all warming, so essentially, they give our digestion a big bear hug when it gets cold out.

Horseradish root: pungent, deeply heating, has long been used as a diuretic, antibacterial and antiviral, aids digestion and stimulates the release of enzymes to help break down food.

Apple cider vinegar: helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level, increases energy, fights infection, detoxifies the body and liver, stimulates cardiovascular circulation, breaks up mucous throughout the body, cleanses the lymph nodes and reduces congestion.

Ginger: traditional stomach soother, relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract, immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric: anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the major cause of aging, many diseases, cancer, and arthritis. Increasing the amount of anti-inflammatory ingredients in your diet (like turmeric, ginger, and omega-3 fatty acids) will help you stay young, vibrant, fresh, and active!

Raw honey: an antimicrobial agent and antioxidant. Keeps things (i.e. infections) from growing in the body. It is important to buy raw honey because it has not been heated or processed and, therefore, still contains all of its sweet minerals, phytonutrients, and antibacterial powers.

Oranges & lemons: antioxidant, antibiotic, contains vitamin C, helps absorb iron into the blood.

shotMorning shots anyone?

Fire Cider

1 quart apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s brand)

1/2 cup fresh horseradish root, grated

5-6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1/2 cup of onion, chopped

1/2 cup of fresh ginger root, grated

1/4 cup of fresh turmeric root, grated (if this is hard to find just omit and use turmeric powder in your other dishes)

juice of two oranges

juice of two lemons

1/4 cup of raw honey, dissolved in warm water

Place all ingredients except apple cider vinegar in a large glass jar (or separate evenly into several smaller glass jars). Mix with a wooden spoon to incorporate all ingredients. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the ingredients, give it a stir, and seal the glass jar(s) tightly. Place in the fridge, let steep for 4-6 weeks, and enjoy a shot or two daily!

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The brand of fire cider I used to buy before making my own. Great stuff but it gets pricey!

*4-6 weeks seems to be the ample amount of time to let the cider steep in order to get the most benefits and flavor from it, however, you can make a big batch and start taking it right away. The good news is, it will get even better and more potent with each day you take it!

*I like to take a neat shot of fire cider in the morning after my tea and before I’ve had my coffee. I don’t mind the strong flavor but it can be a little offensive to some so try adding more honey or maple syrup to your shot. I take 1-2 shots in the morning as preventative medicine.

*Fire cider is also great in marinades, dressings, Bloody Marys, or to add some zest to a big glass of lemon honey water.

Cheers to your health and keeping every piece of you warm these winter months,

)O( Sarah

manda shotMy sister taking her morning shot

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quinoa for days

raw quinoaQuinoa, the ever popular super grain. This splendid grain is popular for a reason (actually many!)- it has the highest nutritional profile and cooks the fastest of all grains. It is also a complete protein, contains more calcium than milk, is high in B vitamins, iron, zinc, and Vitamin E, is gluten-free, strengthens the kidneys, heart, and lungs, and is ideal for endurance and energy. This mother grain is also very easy to digest and is a warming food. Phew! These little colorful beads really are so full of ancient wisdom and nutritional power. Quinoa has been grown and consumed for about 8,000 years on the high plains of the Andes Mountains in South America. And now today, it has become a popular grain of choice with many uses.

Just one cup of quinoa cooked in two cups water yields four servings. I like to make a bunch and use it throughout the week, especially if I am super busy and don’t have a lot of time to cook. You can find white, red, and black quinoa but there is also a rainbow variety that I like to buy. Pretty much anything that has the word rainbow in front of it (rainbow chard, beets, carrots, etc.) I am a sucker for.

cooked quinoa

spicesCook extra quinoa to use for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here are some examples of ways to use quinoa and make it last you at least a few days. And make use of your spices! Depending on what you like, they can add warmth, zest, or a kick to your dishes.

For dinner, I like to cook quinoa and pair it with brussels sprouts roasted with maple syrup or avocado, black beans, sweet potatoes, corn, and hot sauce. Quinoa pairs perfectly with so many different veggies and proteins so go crazy! I like to add turmeric, paprika, cumin, or curry powder to my savory quinoa dishes.

After dinner, I store my extra quinoa in an air-tight container in the fridge. Then the next morning, I combine it in a pot with oat milk (or any plant-based milk) and leave it on the stove just enough to warm it up. Then I add whatever I am in the mood for: nuts, seeds, maple syrup, almond butter, raw honey, raisins, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, cardamon. Quinoa is a higher protein subsitute for oats, so add whatever you usually like in your oatmeal.

For lunch, you can take some more leftover quinoa and make a warming soup. Combine water, miso paste, basil, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, garlic, sprouts, and seaweed in a pot and simmer over low heat for 20-25 minutes. Add the already cooked quinoa and cook for another minute or two. Enjoy!

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