Good-Girl Moonshine is a great way to keep hydrated whether you’re a Trim Healthy Mama (or papa) or simply someone who’s looking for a great cold drink with benefits for your body. After hanging around in the THM Facebook groups for about 18 months, I’ve come to believe there are as many recipes for GGMS as there are women who are on-plan! There are three things that make a drink fit the GGMS category, but after that, the sky’s the limit.
• A GGMS contains no fuel. There are no fats or carbs or proteins in this drink. If you remember from earlier discussions about Trim Healthy Mama, we keep meals/snacks 3-4 hours apart so that our bodies have time to fully metabolize/digest one “intake” before we add another. So, a GGMS is known as a “sipper” since it has no fuel at all and can be sipped or gulped anytime, regardless of where you are in the meal rotation.
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• A GGMS contains apple cider vinegar with the mother. ACV has many health benefits, including stabilizing blood sugar and lowering cholesterol. ACV can also be hard on your teeth, so be sure to use a straw (stainless steel straws are best) and rinse your mouth after consuming.
• A GGMS contains ginger, a great anti-inflammatory with other health benefits such as aiding digestion, lowering blood sugars, etc. I didn’t care for powdered ginger, since it doesn’t dissolve and has a funky aftertaste in a drink. I generally lightly peel a six-inch (ish) root of fresh ginger then chunk it and toss it in my VitaMix with two cups of water. There is a slight residue left, but with a Vitamix, not enough to strain out. With a less powerful blender, you may be able to strain the pulp out and use it in recipes that call for ginger paste.
A lot of THMers drink a quart of GGMS a day, but more is also okay. And, like I said, you can flavor it a thousand different ways. Some women add ACV and ginger to Bai stevia-sweetened drinks, while others add Zevia sodas or other ready-made drinks. Let’s be honest. I’m too cheap. I use tea, rotating between different flavors to keep it fun!
You’ll see a few of my ingredients in the above photo. The jar to the right is steeping today, and contains two cinnamon apple teabags and one peppermint. The jar to the left is today’s sipper, so it’s less concentrated and ready to drink. This one was originally made with two Tazo passionfruit teabags and one peppermint. You’ll also notice the ginger juice (with sedimentation) in the small jar, and the baobab powder in the small bowl.
Recipe: Good Girl Moonshine with Tea (FP)
Heat to boiling:
• 3 cups water
Pour boiling water into a quart jar that contains:
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 3 teabags
When the tea has steeped and cooled, remove and discard the teabags. To the tea, add:
• 4 doonks stevia* (a doonk is 1/32 of a teaspoon) or other sweetener to taste
• 4 rounded teaspoons of baobab powder
• 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (if it seems too strong, work up to this amount)
• 1/4 cup ginger juice (ditto)
• a bit of a flavor extract (like lemon or strawberry or cinnamon) if you have one that sounds good with your tea. Completely optional.
Whisk well. The baobab in particular will want to clump then settle as sediment. It’s such a powerhouse of Vitamin C with a light citrus flavor that it’s worth including anyway! Fill the jar with water, screw a lid on it, and tuck it in the fridge.
This now contains enough concentrate for four quarts of GGMS. Every morning, I pour about 1/4 of the concentrate into a clean quart jar, add some ice, and top with water. I usually drink this over the course of the morning once my coffee allotment for the day is complete. I love the fresh flavors and feel deprived if, for some reason, I can’t have my jar for the day!
Give your straw a swirl when you have a sip, to keep any sediment mixed with the liquid.
*I only use THM pure stevia, which isn’t sold on Amazon. It’s truly the best on the market.
This is a drink Sadie from Raindrops on Radishes comes to enjoy early in her Trim Healthy Mama story!
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