Today’s final detox recipe for our Detox Mini Series is a dessert, because all meals should end with dessert. That’s why we’re featuring a green tea and clove steeped, honey sweetened Granita. B don’t be fooled by this this gravel textured frozen number with its dessert-like qualities; this Granita has a detox job to do and it will do it well. All ingredients in this Granita are by design and with very a specific purpose of detoxification; the fact that it has a gourmet-like quality is just a coincidence.
Green Tea: Often served throughout the meal in Asia, green tea is believed to cleanse and protect the liver.
Clove: Also heralded in Asia for its medicinal properties of being anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and antiseptic and of course aids in the prevention of liver damage.
Ginger: How can any detox recipe be complete without ginger? This Asian root is filled with qualities, such as, Vitamins C, B2 and B3 as well as rich in amino acids. Through perspiration, it allows for the excretion of toxins through the pores. Stimulating the intestines, kidneys ,and liver, it promotes colon and kidney health.
Lemon: Known as a brand ambassador for Vitamin C and believed to remove toxins as well, this zesty addition packs in flavor and tang and brightens up this Granita.
Honey: Used for thousands of years, this caramel-like liquid prides itself on its antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties.
For another great Granita recipe, check out our Honey Cardamom Granita.
Green Tea and Clove Granita Recipe
Inspired by EZine Articles
2 cups of filtered water
2 heaped tablespoons of loose whole leaf green tea
1 teaspoon of whole cloves
2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup of honey
Juice of 1 large organic lemon
- Bring water to boil, add the ginger and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add green tea, infuse for 4 minutes. Add the honey, strain into a freezer proof, shallow dish.
- Allow to cool completely, add lemon juice and freeze. Scrape ice crystals that have formed on the bottom or side of the pan with a fork every half an hour. Once the mixture has frozen through, fluff with a fork and allow to dry out in the freezer. The whole freezing process takes about 2 1/2 hours.
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