Boost Brain Power and Stamina with These Spiced Elixirs

Looking for a brain booster? Say goodbye to boring smoothies and try these super-healthy elixirs

Nutrient-packed beverages are all the rage, but they can quickly become mundane. So say goodbye to strawberry-banana banalities—it’s elixir time! These superdrinks, which often come cold-pressed, pack a nutritious punch, making them perfect for waking up, soothing and inspiring your attendees, particularly if your meeting purpose is to Ideate, Produce or Educate. 

While the ingredients used in these tasty concoctions range from fruits and vegetables to grain, the most popular ingredients are ancient, ailment-busting spices. Here’s a rundown of four you should know.   

Cayenne pepper

This hot pepper helps with digestion (it reduces acidity and helps detoxify), relieves muscle and joint pain, and can lower blood pressure and reduce headaches. 

Cinnamon

An everyday spice that’s been used medicinally around the world for centuries, cinnamon is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, immune-boosting superspice.

Ginger

People in China have been using ginger to treat ailments for nearly 5,000 years. Today, it’s used to prevent heart disease, as a remedy for indigestion, nausea, stomach ulcers and pain, to improve immunity and respitory function and to fight bacterial and fungal infections and even cancer. 

Turmeric

This age-old spice, the main spice in curry, is hot right now—and for good reason. Researchers believe it’s the most nutritional supplement in existence, with health benefits that trump those of many medications. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and a strong anti-oxidant, and it’s been linked to improved brain function

Now that you have the 411, here are three recipes utilizing these healthy elixirs. (Unless the meeting is super intimate—Hello, party of two!—be sure to multiply these ingredients.)

Energy Tonic

Lorna Jane Clarkson, author of Nourish: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook, spills a buzzy potion that will positively wire anyone who dares take a sip. It’s packed with espresso and cayenne pepper, which helps with digestion and detoxes the body. Hello Monday.

Recipe:

2 ounces espresso
⅓ cup boiling water
2 teaspoons coconut sugar
1 tablespoon cacao powder
Cayenne pepper

Combine 2 x 1-ounce espresso coffee shots, boiling water, coconut sugar, cacao powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper in a small heatproof jug until coffee and sugar are dissolved. Pour into serving glasses or bottles. Serves 2.

Hibiscus Ginger Latte

Delicious hot or iced, this recipe from Raw Food Recipes is great for any time of year. Hibiscus flower and ginger have long lists of health benefits, including boosting metabolism and helping maintain blood pressure and cholesterol. 

Recipe

1 tablespoon dried hibiscus flowers
1" piece ginger – shredded 
1 tablespoon honey or other sweetener of choice, or to taste (optional)
1 green tea bag (optional)
1½ cups hot water
1½ cup unsweetened almond milk or other milk of choice (RFR tip - preferably raw and homemade)

Instructions

Combine hibiscus, ginger, green tea and water in a teapot or a large mug, keep covered while steeping. Remove the green tea bag after 2-4 minutes of steeping. Let the hibiscus steep for another 15-20 minutes. Warm up the milk if you prefer a hot latte. (Skip this step if you want to keep it more raw-friendly.) Pour the tea into a blender through a strainer. Add the milk and honey to the blender and blend until frothy and smooth.