Rebecca Katz has long been one of my favorite cookbook authors. I’ve made dozens of recipes from her first two books, One Bite at a Time and The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, and now I’m finding inspiration within the pages of her newest tome, The Longevity Kitchen.
If Rebecca and I were neighbors, I have a feeling that we’d be at each others’ houses for dinner on a regular basis. (Or at least I’d be at hers!) Rebecca makes the food I love to eat: simple, seasonal, and flavorful with an extra emphasis on healthfulness.We’re often told to eat certain foods because they’re “good for us,” but beyond that we don’t really know why. Rebecca unearths the why behind the super food hype in a very easy to understand, conversational way that makes me feel like she’s chatting with me over a cup of tea right in my kitchen…
A gal can dream, yes?
I took inspiration from The Longevity Kitchen’s “Invigorating Tonics and Elixirs” section to make this refreshing and simple Ginger Tea Lemonade with Sweet Apple. With the arrival of spring, my thirst has been through the roof! I can’t get enough smoothies and “mocktails” these days. Rebecca’s original recipe called for chamomile tea and green apples. Since I didn’t have either on hand, I made my own spin on her recipe with ginger tea and sweet Gala apples, adding a touch more sweetener to the mix and diluting the tart lemon juice just a hair.
The result? A thirst-quenching, belly-soothing, mouth-puckering beverage that’s somewhat of a cross between iced tea and lemonade. I would have never thought to combine those two beverages into something so hydrating like this. Rebecca knows her stuff.
I’ve tried a lot of ginger teas and my favorite is definitely Tazo Organic Spicy Ginger. It’s a fragrant blend of ginger, orange peel, green Rooibos, chamomile, lemon myrtle, fennel, and licorice root with a little orange essence oil for added flavor. A cup after a meal soothes digestion wonderfully.
Use any ginger tea you like for this lemonade, but bear in mind that chilled beverages typically taste less intense than hot ones, so make sure you’re using a strongly flavored tea that has some depth to it. That’s why I like Tazo. I’m also a fan of Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger with Chamomile and, if you’re willing to dole out a little more moolah, Mighty Leaf Ginger Twist. (By the way, neither of these companies paid me to talk them up. I’m just giving you the scoop on my personal faves!)
Update 4/17/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!
Rebecca has generously offered to give away a signed copy of The Longevity Kitchen to one Daily Bites reader. If you’re at all interested in living a long, healthy, and vibrant life, you need this book on your shelf!
(Just to note: the book is not 100% gluten-free or dairy-free, but most of the recipes are or could easily be adapted to your needs. So much inspiration!)
Here’s how to enter. Do one or all of the following:
- Leave a comment on this post answering this question: What is your favorite healthy hydrating beverage?
- “Like” Rebecca Katz on Facebook and leave a comment saying that you did.
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Giveaway will be open until April 16, 2013 at 6 pm CST. Giveaway is open to United States residents only. Winner will be selected randomly and notified via email that they have won. If winner does not respond to email within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of The Longevity Kitchen to review, but my opinions are my own.