Happy Friday all! The week after a short holiday week (does that make sense??) always seems to be looooong and super busy, but being busy isn't a bad thing. Although if you're like me when it gets super busy, you can sometimes forget about your health and those good-intentioned resolutions and goals you made at the beginning of the year. It can be so easy to fuel up on snacks, soft drinks, and not-so-good-for-you treats, especially when you only have time to grab and go.
This week I wanted to share a drink that I've been hooked on, not only is it refreshing, but it's a great detox as well! This detox drink is loaded with lemon, pom juice, chia and a few surprise ingredients that make it just a tad different than your good ol' fashioned glass of lemonade-- cayenne pepper and turmeric. We all know lemon and chia both have some amazing benefits but have you ever looked into the health benefits of turmeric? It has natural anti-inflammatory that can be used to help with a myriad of health issues, including digestion and even preventing cancer. I try to sneak it in my food where I can. In theory, it doesn't sound like it would be good with lemon and pom juice, but I really can't taste it much in this drink. Cayenne pepper is another spice that has some really good health benefits-- anti-fungal, digestive aid, even migraine prevention-- plus it adds a bit of a kick which works well with the tartness of this drink.
I do like mine on the tart side so a little squeeze of honey is all I need for some extra sweetness, but you can always add a little more to suit your tastes. You can easily make this with store-bought pom juice (I purchase the bigger sized bottles from the club stores- they are a much better buy!), or juice your own if you prefer. Bottoms up!
Spicy Pom Lemonade with Chia
1 Lemon, large (or 2 small)
1 c Water
1 c Pomegranate Juice
~1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
~1/4 tsp ground Turmeric
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
Honey, to taste
Squeeze lemon(s) into a mason jar, add the water, pom juice, cayenne pepper (add more if you like it spicy!), turmeric, chia seeds and a squeeze of honey to sweeten if you prefer. Refrigerate overnight or at least several hours to allow the chia seeds to soften. Pour in a glass with ice and enjoy :)