One thing I love about Trim Healthy Mama is that they understand some of the pitfalls people run into when trying to change their food habits. An example of this is beverage selection. There are so many soda addicts out there, and trying to switch to plain water all of the time is hard for many people. Pearl and Serene have come up with recipes for drinks that not only provide a way to get off the soda but also provide us with amazing health benefits.
Many ladies in the Facebook group suggested using tea instead of water for the GGMS, and it made a world of difference. I found that black tea with peach flavors works well to disguise the vinegar taste. So, I got to thinking, what if I used oolong tea with peach flavoring and the other ingredients in the GGMS?
I have been making one of these in the morning and using it to take my morning meds along with 2 cinnamon capsules and a cayenne capsule, which are the other healthy ingredients in the Shrinker.
Then I tried to come up with a name for it. The Good Girl Shrinker? The Shrinking Girl? Shrinking Moonshine? Moonshine Shrinker?
Moon Shrinker? That made me think of Gru trying to shrink the moon in Despicable Me.
Gru is a moon-shrinker.
So, I present to you The Gru!
This is a really simple recipe, and I’ve provided printable versions in both single-serve and a 4-serving concentrate. The concentrate lets you make up a few servings in advance, so you can just pour and go.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
Oolong Tea. I love the Bigelow Brand! I actually made the one above using the Prince of Peace Organic Oolong Tea from Amazon. I know that many people love this brand, and it’s much cheaper, but I found it to be weak and nothing like Bigelow. I might try other brands in the future, but I’m going to stick with Bigelow Oolong for now, even though it’s more expensive.
Basic GGMS Ingredients. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV), ground ginger, on-plan sweetener of choice.
A coffee filter and kitchen string. These are optional, but you’ll see how I use them, below.
Peach flavoring OR peach tea. I have used both, so either will work. Peach tea is a bit more natural.
Here’s how you make it:
- Brew your tea. For the concentrate batch, I boil water in a stainless steel saucepan. While it’s heating, I make a ginger pouch by putting powdered ginger in the coffee filter…
…and tying it with kitchen string to make a pouch.
When the water comes to a boil, I remove it from the heat and add the pouch and tea bags.
When the water is tea-colored and dark, I remove the tea bags and ginger, then immediately stir in the sweetener while it’s still warm. If you’re using stevia, this isn’t as crucial, but if you’re using anything granular, you’ll want to make sure it dissolves.
When it’s cool, I pour it into a 1/2 gallon glass container and stir in the flavoring oil and ACV. Then I fill the container to the top with water.
If you’re using peach tea bags instead of flavoring oil, add them to the boiling water with the oolong tea and ginger.
The Gru – a THM Sipper Recipe
author – Erika Adams
Print version includes single-serve and multi-serve concentrate versions!
- 2 quarts water
- 8 Oolong tea bags
- 1 tsp LouAnn peach flavor -OR- 4 peach tea bags
- 1 heaping TBS ground ginger
- 3 TBS Super Sweet Blend -OR- 6 TBS Gentle Sweet or Truvia -OR- 9 doonks stevia
- ¼ to ½ cup raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) (see note)
- Boil 2 quarts of water in a medium saucepan.
- While heating water, make a ginger pouch by placing 1 heaping Tablespoon of ground ginger in the center of a coffee filter. Gather edges and tie with kitchen twine to form a pouch.
- When water is boiling, remove from heat and add Allow to steep until tea is dark but water is still quite warm. Remove ginger and tea bags and stir in sweetener until dissolved. Let cool.
- Pour brewed tea mixture into 1/2 gallon (2 quart) glass pitcher. Stir in ACV and peach flavor (if using). Cover and refrigerate. This is your concentrate and will make 4, 32oz sippers.
To make individual serving: Pour 16 ounces (2 cups) of concentrate into a 32-oz mason jar. Stir in 1/4 cup vinegar (see note). Fill with ice, then top off with cold water. Stir well and enjoy.all tea bags (including peach, if using), and ginger pouch to water.
Note: I recommend starting with ¼ cup ACV (1 TBS per serving) if you are not used to the taste. You can gradually work your way up to ½ cup ACV (2 TBS per serving) over time.
Oolong tea has caffeine. If you’d rather not have the caffeine, use decaffeinated black tea (10-12 regular bags or 4 family-size bags). You will not get the benefits of the oolong tea this way, but you will still have a tasty, sugar-free beverage with the benefits of ACV and ginger.
What’s your favorite THM sipper?
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