This winter, I have decided to get experimental with things.
I am someone who HATES getting sick. Are you one of those high-functioning-with-a-cold people? If you are I envy you. ENVY you. I am awful at even doing a simple task like watching TV or sleeping when I have a cold!
My go-to remedy to cure a cold has always been miso soup. Miso has so so so many healing properties and is insanely good for a cold. So in the past, whenever I felt a cold coming on, I would buy 2 quarts of miso soup and drink up!
But this winter, I wanted something more than just soup. I wanted a daily drink of some sort to help keep colds away all winter long.
Which is why I have conjured up my miso-ginger-lemon-turmeric cold repellant drink!
To break it down, it’s basically just a miso broth with lots of ginger, lots of lemon, and lotsssss of turmeric.
Miso is so important in this drink because it is chock full of enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Miso is fermented and contains beneficial bacteria as well. It’s also considered a complete protein, who knew?! And if it couldn’t get any better, it’s got loads of B12 in it which is great for telling all those people who love to pester vegans about their B12 source! (LOL kidding…okay only half kidding.) Overall, miso strengthens the immune system and keeps your health at top-notch for when you do encounter the potential to catch a cold.
BTW, for this drink I use white miso because it has less sodium, and I also like how it tastes better. You can absolutely use whatever type of miso you’d like! One more quick note about miso, have you heard to NEVER let your miso boil? It kills all the good stuff in it!
Ginger is key in this recipe because it is a miracle worker when it comes to the common cold. Ginger has been used forever in curing and aiding lots of illnesses. Like miso, it keeps the immune system in tip-top shape. It also can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs. WOOHOO ya gotta love that!! To sum this bad boy up, ginger has been used foreverrrr to combat a cold.
Lemons are absolutely necessary in this drink because, well for one, lemon juice is delicious!! Have I mentioned yet how not only healthy this drink is, but how tasty it is?! Well, it’s a very tasty drink. Back to lemons though, lemons are not only delish but they decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduces phlegm. Who doesn’t love that?! Lemon’s vitamin C content is also a huge key in recovering from a cold. Plus, again, LEMONS TASTE AMAZING! Isn’t it crazy that our earth created lemons, and that they’re not manmade?! (< LOL most vegan thing I’ve ever said.)
Last but absolutely not least, turmeric is a necessity because it is a remedy for pretty much everything! Turmeric tea is a popular remedy for the common cold, and for good reason because of its healing properties! The animals at the Sanctuary I work at even take turmeric supplements for their health. It’s such a super food (super spice?) that we’d be silly to not take advance of it!
Now that we know why each ingredient is a necessity, let’s make this drink already!
So this recipe makes a week’s worth of drinks, aka 7 cups, one for each morning! The reason I use 8 cups of water when this recipe is meant to make 7 cups is that I have found that in the boiling process, measuring out process, and everything else in between, somehow 7 even cups to start with doesn’t give you 7 even cups to finish with. Hence, I add an extra cup to ensure that I’ll have a full cup each day.
8 cups water
7 tbs miso
1 heaping cup crushed peeled ginger
1 tb turmeric
- Measure out 8 cups of water, and bring to a boil in a large soup pot.
- While you’re waiting for your water to boil, peel and crush your ginger and quarter your lemons for easy juicing.
- When the water has reached a boil, add the ginger, squeeze in the lemon juice, and add the peels as well for added lemon oil and nutrients. Stir, then stir in the turmeric.
- Finally, when you are positive that the broth has cooled down away from boiling, add the 7 tbs of miso and stir until dissolved.
- After 30 minutes, you can either strain your “tea” and transfer to containers, or leave the ginger chunks and lemon peels in and transfer to containers as is. I personally like to leave them in so my “tea” brews all week and so the next batch is more gingery and lemony than the last!
I like to store my drinks for the week in old miso soup quart containers. Who doesn’t have like 10 of them lying around the house at a time, and they’re liquid-tight so there are no messes in the fridge!
To drink each morning, mix it up with a spoon (miso settles!) and measure out a cup. I warm mine up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, just enough so I know it won’t boil.
So since this “tea” has everything we should be getting daily to keep a cold away, fingers crossed it does the trick! Try it with me this winter! Let’s see how long we can go before catching a dreadful cold!
What’s your secret ingredient that helps keep away winter time colds? Would it be a delish addition to this drink?! Let me know!