How to Make Fire Cider at Home

Fire Cider

Fire Cider, according to the Huffington Post, is “one of those grandma-style cold and hangover remedies that is designed to be one part soothing, one part refreshing and one part BURN-IT-OUT-OF-YOU.” That got my attention. Research ensues. In short, the tonic is a potent culinary alchemy of anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, sinus clearing, immune and circulation boosting ingredients. No wonder this herbalists’ treasure can supposedly remedy far more than just hangovers and the common cold. -As if that wasn’t enough!

At this point, I’m fully intrigued when I finally found it at a country store in the Berkshires. One sip later, I was hooked. But, several months and about a dozen 8 ounce bottles later (at $12.99 each), it was DIY-time.

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3 Ways to Get the Most From Turmeric

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation DrinkUsed for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, the healing powers of turmeric have now gained mainstream awareness. Turmeric and curcumin, the most active constituent of the spice, have been the subject of thousands of studies, revealing the following: Continue reading

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tonic

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation TonicThis drink is more than just a beverage it is a bonafide turmeric tonic. Definitions of the word range from ‘a medicine that invigorates or strengthens’ to anything invigorating physically, mentally, or morally’. Both are apt descriptions for this drink, inspired by a similar commercial beverage, Tumeric Elixir of Life. Whether you buy it or make it, you’ve got to try this inflammation-fighting Turmeric Tonic! Continue reading

Chia Fresca

Chia FrescaAlso known as Mexican Lemonade, Chia Fresca is simply lemon water with chia seeds and sweetener. This version is sugar-free and only ever so lightly sweetened with liquid stevia or maple syrup. Super refreshing, you can sip this all day long, keep hydrated and gain the nutritional benefits of the chia seeds. Winning.


  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chia gel or seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia or 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

Simply combine all ingredients, shake, and you’re done. The seeds will settle to the bottle of the container. Shake intermittently if you want to keep the seeds in suspension. Just like a summer snow globe…

Chia Fresca Separated


How to Make and Use Chia Gel
Chia Seed Nutritional Information


Manhattanhenge Cocktail


Manhattanhenge, a coconut water-based cocktail with mint and ginger was inspired by an ABC Kitchen libation. The name however, was inspired by a natural Manhattan event. Manhattanhengecoined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, occurs twice each year when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the Manhattan east-west street grid. The result is a stunning glow reflecting off the north and south sides of each cross street. The next Manhattanhenge falls on May 29th and then again on July 12th. This event is a photographer’s dream and an exquisite natural phenomenon. Surely it deserves a cocktail in its honor. I’ll drink to that. Continue reading

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Juice

Turmeric and Ginger Juice

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anticancer agent.  It aids digestion, especially that of fats, through increased bile production in the liver.  It is also known to have anti-viral properties, increase energy levels, reduce high blood pressure, and promote healthy cholesterol levels. In fact, a review of over 700 studies, showed that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so without adverse side effects [1, 2]. All of this with a color that could brighten the dreariest of mornings. And I’m from Seattle. I’ve seen my share of those.

I found the golden wonder root at my local Fairway. I glanced past the ginger bin to its neighbor and realized I had probably never seen turmeric root in its natural form. Intrigue ensued as I scooped up a 1/2 pound from the bin. I brought it home with no idea what I was going to do with it. But, the most obvious solution was to juice it. And so I juiced with the small, gnarly root as the star ingredient again and again. I found myself hooked on the energetic buzz each morning. Until I ran out.

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Ginger Beet Juice

Ginger Beet Juice

One of the best things about juicing is the vibrant colors. I can’t resist the bright magenta of beet juice. Raw and unpeeled is also the best form to maximize the many health benefits of beets, such as detoxification and anti-inflammatory support [1]. Further, just one cup of beetroot juice is rich in dietary nitrate, which lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessel walls and improves blood flow [2][3]. Beetroot juice can also enhance athletic performance by reducing the amount of oxygen needed during exercise [4]. Go red! Continue reading

Basic Green Juice

Green Juice RecipeWhy does juicing make you feel so great? Vitamins, minerals and chlorophyl are essentially mainlined into circulation, oxygenating your blood and helping rid your body of toxins. An addiction you can live with… !

If you have not tried juicing, I encourcage you to try a 3-day juicing experiment. Buy fresh juice from an organic juice bar, if needed. Beware of many popular retail brands of packaged juices. As tasty as they may be, you are often buying very expensive apple or orange juice. Some have sugar levels over 40 grams from GMO produce. Fresh, organic juice energizes you, without creating blood sugar chaos. But, my favorite reason for juicing is the tone it sets for my day. Before the day unfolds, I’ve done something healthy and nourishing for my body.

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Ginger-Lemon Tea

Ginger Lemon TeaInspired by the ‘Good for Everything Tea’ at an organic, vegan restaurant in the East Village, this drink is a simple twist on classic ginger tea. It is a constant companion during my monthly detox, an illness or cold weather. I make a quart or more and sip on it all day. Served hot or cold, this drink provides an immune boost and helps clear nasal and lung congestion. The honey option will also help soothe a sore throat. Don’t be too cautious with the cayenne. This drink is not the same without it!  Serves 2-4.

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