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Allie Mason Hoffberg is the founder of The Health Mason®, LLC., a
website aimed at empowering women to live healthier, more nutritious, and well-balanced lives. Allie is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, blogger, and recipe developer, who believes that eating "clean" doesn't need to be difficult or depriving. It is all about balance. Her passion for health and wellness fuels her drive to find simple solutions to eating well, and live a life based on holistic foundations.

Spiced Ginger & Elderberry Tea

Spiced Ginger & Elderberry Tea

Fall is (almost) officially here! I am already burning all of my yummy fall candles, making all things pumpkin, and enjoying the cooler nights. Something I love about Fall is snuggling up on the couch with a hot cup of tea, and watching a good movie! I drink tea pretty much every night once the temperature starts to cool down; it is something I look forward to daily.

However, the start of Fall means the start of cold season, which no one looks forward to. As someone with a particularly sensitive immune system, I am always getting a cold (currently typing with a sore throat)…and I don’t even have kids! When Sprouts approached me to create a delicious Fall-inspired wellness beverage, I instantly knew what I was going to do. Added bonus was the fact that the recipe was to include Nature’s Way Sambucus Elderberry Syrup, an item that lives in our fridge at all times.

Never heard of elderberry syrup? You’re not alone. It is known for its high antioxidant properties, as well as vitamins and minerals. Those vitamins and minerals help fend off icky Autumnal colds, and I’ve heard elderberry syrup is a great way to fight off the flu! Whenever I feel myself getting a scratchy throat, or I’m sneezing, I always take a teaspoon or two of elderberry syrup.

I really love Nature’s Way elderberry syrup! It tastes great (not too sweet, not too bitter), and contains no gluten, dairy, soy, nuts or artificial colors! Products with standards like these are what I’d expect from Sprouts! I choose to buy most of my supplements at Sprouts because they have a great selection of brands, products, as well as their own line for many items. Plus, they frequently run sales! Win win win!

I hope you make and enjoy this recipe this Fall & Winter season! As always, tag me (@thehealthmason) in any of your creations on Instagram!

READY IN: 20 minutes

 PREP TIME: 5 minutes

COOK TIME: 15 minutes

SERVINGS: 2

INGREDIENTS:

·       2C water

·       2 herbal tea bags of choice (suggested: ginger or cinnamon)

·       1 inch knob ginger, minced

·       2 tsp. Nature’s Way Original Elderberry Syrup

·       1 tsp. ground clove

·       1 tsp. cinnamon

·        Whole cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger to garnish

 

 INSTRUCTIONS:

1.     In a medium-sized pot or tea kettle, heat 2 cups of water.

2.     Once water reaches a boil, add 2 herbal tea bags, 1-inch knob of minced ginger, 1 teaspoon of ground cloves, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

3.      Allow tea bags to steep for 3-7 minutes.

4.     Strain tea through fine mesh strainer.

5.     To serve, pour ginger tea mixture into desired glassware.

6.     Finish by adding 1 teaspoon of Nature’s Way Original Elderberry Syrup to each glass.

7.     Garnish with whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and additional ginger.

*This post is part of a paid collaboration with Sprouts Farmers Market. Thank you, Sprouts for sponsoring this post!



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