Winter Meyer Lemonade and an Update

Ω January 16th, 2013 Ω Tagged , , , , , , Ω 7 Comments

Okay, so I told you this wasn’t going to be Meyer Lemon Week on THIH … and yet, here I am, sharing another recipe. What can I say? Can’t trust a Happy Jessie.

I’ll begin with an update on a duo of posts I wrote last fall concerning my recent tendency to spend more time sick than healthy and my resolve to fix this problem. In the latter post, I outlined five ways I planned to boost my health and immune system.

I swear that's not a one-antlered reindeer.

I’m happy to say I’m right on target. I’ve made a conscious effort to eat more fruit and veggies, including a greater variety of both (Step 1). My appetite has long returned, but I’m still taking a multivitamin (Step 2). Why? Partly to cover any nutritional gaps, and partly because I still have over half a bottle of vitamins hanging around. Note: I am not taking a multivitamin in lieu of a healthy diet, but rather in ADDITION to a healthy diet. There’s a huge difference between the two.

I’ve been exercising 4-6 days per week and have made a concerted effort to include strength-training on some of those days (with reluctance, I admit, but there we are) (Step 3). And, I’ve got a standing desk now – bonus!

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The hardest step has been #4: Stress Less. Couldn’t we all use a lesson in this? Fortunately, engaging more in the community has done wonders for reducing stress. As well as being so busy with new clients, new contracts, and new consulting jobs that I’ve had no time to be stressed. Ironically. I wish I could say that my ability to stress less comes from within rather than outside forces, but that would be untrue. I’m brave enough to admit I need a legitimate purpose in life to reduce stress and feel … well, like a whole person.

And, #5! Oh, #5 (Sleep like a THIH baby). I had such struggles with you in the past. My 2 am emails and half-finished projects can attest to that. However (joy of joys!), things have improved on that front. As I hinted in this post, Peter and I have been searching for a new bed. And we’ve done more than found one – we’ve MADE one! To be featured in a future post. Since then, I’ve been sleeping quite a bit better. Of course, some of that has to do with a healthier lifestyle and stressing less. Everything is connected, dear reader.

The Grand Conclusion? Not a single cold since September. Not even a sniffle.

Part of eating more fruits and vegetables is coming up with new ways to enjoy them. In honor of this pseudo-Meyer Lemon Week, I decided to take an old favorite and put a twist on it.

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What’s that, you say? As if the title of this post didn’t give it away, I proclaim it Winter Meyer Lemonade. I’ve taken Meyer lemon juice, sweetened it with simple syrup and orange juice, and winterized with cardamom, cinnamon, and heat.

A Honeybell orange, a gift from a dietitian friend:

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Use green cardamom pods, not black ones. The black ones have an extra layer that makes them less flavorful.

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This winter lemonade is quite orange and opaque because I like stronger flavors. Feel free to dilute your lemonade 2-3x.

Winter Meyer Lemonade

  Prep Time: 5 minutes

  Cook Time: 10 minutes

  Keywords: beverage meyer lemon winter

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 Meyer lemons
  • 1 small orange
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Extra water, if desired
  • Sugar for glass rim, if desired

Instructions

Juice Meyer lemons and orange. Set aside.

Heat water and sugar in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add cardamom pods and cinnamon and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Add juices and heat through, stirring. Add additional water, if desired.

Remove cardamom pods and discard. Divide lemonade among four glasses and serve hot or cold.

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Q: How have you been staying healthy this winter? (If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, of course.)

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7 Responses to “Winter Meyer Lemonade and an Update”

  • Lucy says:

    Haha, I am really good at creating my own stress…usually out of nothing! When there are things to focus on, like school/work/doing anything that requires some thought I don’t really feel stressed, but if I have too much time alone to think I just make myself feel stressed. It’s so silly!

    Glad to hear you’re feeling super healthy! Yay! :-)

  • I love love love cardamom. I must say it’s my favourite spice.

  • Monet says:

    Stress is always the hardest! I love seeing all the changes you’re making though, and you have inspired me to stand up more during my work day! Thank you for sharing with me. This post, along with my cup of hot chocolate, is making for a very lovely Thursday morning. Have a great weekend!

  • Good job sticking to your goals to stay healthy! Sounds like it has paid off. I usually don’t get sick too often, but this past year it has been brutal. I had a really bad flu last month that lingered for weeks. It got me back on track with taking multivitamins, drinking fresh juice and exercising regularly. All of those things help! Like you, I also found ways to reduce stress, mainly by drastically changing my schedule so it is manageable.
    Like Samantha who commented above, I also LOVE cardamom. And cinnamon. In the winter, I just crave those spices. And ginger. Warming things- mmm can’t get enough of it :)

  • Joanne says:

    If this doesn’t fight off infection than I don’t know what will! I’m drinking this instead of OJ from now on.

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