WELCOME! I am so glad that you have committed to joining me over the next 21 days. I know from past experience, that you are going to have triumphs and little hiccups along the way, but that is okay. We are on this journey together, with God leading the way.
If you are new to the website, check out my prior post on http://angieandaginger.com/21-days-of-prayer-and-fasting-2017/ on what is acceptable foods and beverages to enjoy during the Daniel Fast.
Now, I know that it is winter and most likely it is cold where you are at. Today, I started the day in the low 20’s. I like my hot tea in the morning..but, today is the first day of the fast, which means..drum roll please….no tea or coffee. However, you can still have a warm comforting beverage in the morning. How you might ask, heat up some water, pour in your cup and add half of juice from a lemon. Warm lemon water is actually very good for your health. Lemon aids in digestion, helps remove toxins and is a good source of vitamin C. If you are not a huge fan of lemon, that is ok too. You can use fresh ginger, which aids in digestion, eliminating nausea and reducing pain. Another option is using fresh turmeric, helps reduce or eliminate body aches and pains and lowers cholesterol levels. One final option is using fresh mint leaves. Mint helps with digestion, congestion and fatigue. I like making a tea using fresh sliced ginger, turmeric and adding goji berries. Place the ginger, turmeric and goji in your desired amount of water, bring to a boil, cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain, pour into a cup and enjoy. The goji berries add a natural sweetness to the tea and have the added benefits of increasing your energy, uplifting your mood, promote healthy skin and have high levels of antioxidants and nutrients. Those are all winners to me and I think everyone can benefits from these natural teas.
A basic green smoothie that you can enjoy is:
- 1 cup fresh spinach or kale
- 1 cup water or coconut water (make sure that it does not have any added sugars or preservatives)
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup pineapple (either fresh, frozen, or in its own juices)
- 1 banana (if possible freeze the night before)
- optional – add one or two pitted dates for additional sweetness.
Makes either one large smoothie or double it to share. If you don’t like a particular fruit, substitute it out for one that you like more. If you are in a hurry and aren’t able to use frozen fruit, add a few ice cubes. Often times, I do not use frozen fruits or ice cubes because I like my smoothies at room temperature.
- Add mango, pineapple, banana and dates if using into your high speed blender.
- Tightly pack 1 cup of leafy greens in a measuring cup and then toss this into your high speed blender.
- Add your water or coconut water and blend until smooth.
- Blend again if necessary.
- Pour into your cup of choice and enjoy
*note -Smoothies will naturally separate over time. Using a container with a lid, like a mason jar or having a straw to stir the smoothie will help with the separation. The smoothie can be made the night before and placed into the refrigerator, just make sure it is in an air-tight container and shake before enjoying.
Until next day,
may blessings abound,