Crocus are blooming and the little yellow trumpets are waving their heads about calling out that spring its on its way. There I am the same every year eager to welcome back the light and cast off the shackles of layers, stop lighting fires and switch off the radiators only to suffer for most of March as it turns nippy again, everyone is freezing and I'm cold to my bones....never will I learn!
Recently I revisited an old morning ritual of lemon in hot water, it somehow got lost over the childhood years and was replaced with some rather strong coffee...two cups at least to give me strength to cope with early morning feeds, breakfast and general chaos.
There is a lot to be said for the humble slice of lemon in hot water to start your day but this time I have super charged it to hopefully give me a bit of a zing and a boost to my immune system.
A blend of lemons, limes, ginger, a clove or two of garlic and a red pepper taken in hot water every morning certainly has been an acquired taste but I am actually starting to enjoy it ( tho truth be told the last couple of mouthfuls have to be glugged down pretty quickly) and who knows whether it is doing any good or not but I do feel a little sparkier most mornings which feels like a return to my former self.
I was always up with the lark, an early riser enjoying the quiet time of the day before the world stirred but the last couple of years have seen a shift in my patterns and late night crappy film watching & struggling to get out of bed have become more the norm. I don't like it and I need to swap things around.
So if you fancy pulling a bit of a face in the morning but want to clear your head here's what you need.
2 lemons - skin removed
2 limes - skin removed
2 cloves garlic
a red chilli pepper
1 cup of spring water
stick them all into a blend and blitz away.
leave your concoction over night and then strain into a bottle the next morning
add about 1-2tbsp to a cup of hot water and swig away.
If you want to make it a much more palatable drink add something sweet, honey, sweet freedom or maybe a spoonful of maple syrup.
Happy Mornings to you all xx