TONICS & TEAS TRADITIONAL AND MODERN RECIPES, BOOK REVIEW…

If, like me you like the taste of different teas then it is worth reading “Tonics & Teas Traditional and Modern Recipes that Make You Feel Amazing”, by Rachel De Thample so you can decide which ones are healthier for you.

With over 141 reviews and most giving 5 stars this book is definitely one for your table.

Everyone knows that chamomile tea is the answer to a good night’s sleep, that lemon tea is an invigorating way to start your morning and that ginger tea can settle your stomach. But did you know that Jamu Kunyit, a ginger and turmeric tonic, is the Balinese equivalent of ‘an apple a day’ to ‘keep health problems at bay’?

Herbal medicinal vinegars can be antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral as well as helping fight respiratory infections, coughs and bronchitis; and adding black pepper and coconut oil to any turmeric drink can help your body reap the benefits more effectively.

Author, Rachel de Thample has gathered a collection of the best of these ancient drinks and traditional remedies, along with a few modern spins, offering tips on how to best build them into a busy lifestyle.

Organised into three chapters, she covers Tonics such as Dairy Kefir, Beet Kvass, Nettle Tonic and Ginger Shots; Teas such as Grasshopper Tea, Spice Route Tea, Armenian Herbal Tea and Afghan Pin Chai, plus delicious and beneficial Drinks such as Elderflower Cordial, Amazake and Kombucha. This eclectic mix of natural brews is the perfect way to give your body a healthy boost.

Rachel de Thample has worked in the kitchens of Marco Pierre White, Heston Blumenthal and Peter Gordon. She is the author of Less Meat, More Veg (Kyle Books) and FIVE (Ebury), and has served as Commissioning Editor of Waitrose Food Illustrated and Head of Food for the pioneering organic box scheme Abel & Cole. She lives in Crystal Palace, London, where she has helped set up numerous local food initiatives, including the award-winning Crystal Palace Food Market and the Edible Garden. Rachel is currently running preserving courses at River Cottage in Devon, runs seasonal Market Table pop-up dinners and writes for The Simple Things and Locavore magazines.

‘This charming little book offers recipes for remedies from kombucha, kefir and medicinal vinegars to herbal teas and my favourite “immune powerhouse”, elderberry syrup with echinacea and ginger. Rachel alleviated her achy joints with turmeric in golden chai, while her mother’s high blood pressure was quickly reduced by drinking a potent probiotic drink made with beetroot and whey.’ –The Mail on Sunday

This eclectic mix of natural brews is the perfect way to give your body a healthy boost.

It would make a great present for anyone who needs a tonic. A great little book that makes foraging fun especially when a lot of ingredients are probably already growing in your own garden, like rose petal, rose-hips, herbs and dandelion roots. So many great recipes, you won’t know which one to try first.

EASY WAYS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HEALTHIER MEALS AND NUTRITION…

What we consume matters so much. This has always been the case, but more and more people all over the world are opening their eyes to the world of food. Due to modern technology, people are becoming a little lazier and are having to work a little harder on what they prepare and eat. Modern tech is also teaching plenty of people about the dangers of a terrible diet. The internet is a wonderful encyclopedia.

If you find yourself in a somewhat awkward position regarding your diet and the routine you’re in, then you’re not going to be on your own as there are plenty in the same boat. Nutrition can be quite a tedious and frustrating subject because there are plenty of intricacies as well as contradictions flying around. Once you get used to it, though, and experience a little more, things become easier. Here are some simple ways you can learn more about the world of good nutrition:

Actively Look To Learn More In Spare Time

When you have time away from work and other commitments, you could choose to lay around and be lazy. Or, you could learn a thing or two in that time. The computer or smartphone you’re using to read this is an amazing encyclopedia that will help you to understand pretty much anything. If you have a particular question about certain fruits or vegetables, or you just want to understand the basics, then why not do a little research? It doesn’t have to take too long.

Forever Look For New Meal

Take A Class Or Two

The wonderful thing about this world is that we have lots of different educational organizations that are set up to teach people all kinds of things. When it comes to nutrition, you have a few options in terms of your learning. You can do a nutrition course, or you can take cooking classes. Both will help you to learn about foods and the details behind them.

Forever Look For New Meals

People like to settle into a routine of eating the same stuff pretty much every single day/week. While this isn’t a problem, it’s not great for your education or your taste buds! Perhaps you could head down to the local butcher or greengrocer and check out some of the foods that you haven’t touched before.

Work On Your Fitness

When you actively look to become a more physically adept person, you focus on two things: your exercises and your eating habits. If you want to become stronger, fitter, leaner, etc. you have to focus on what you consume. You’ll be likely looking for the best meal plans for weight loss after a couple of weeks. In doing so, you’ll learn a lot more about the right kinds of foods and drinks.

Surround Yourself With Health-Conscious People

You are impressionable just like everyone else is. Who you choose to hang around with will define you as a person. If you partner up with lazy people who eat horrible, then the chances are that you’ll do that, too. So, make sure you’re around people you can imitate and learn from.