My first introduction to Moringa was through Big Oladunni. She kept touting all its benefits, and when my mother wants you to try something, you won’t hear the last of it. When I read up about it and saw weight loss, ooooh my eyes widened. Little did I know. I ordered the seeds online and let me just say i haven’t gone beyond 2 seeds in months. I eye the packet when I pick up stuff in my cupboard. Absolutely vile stuff, gross. I was waiting for the oh it turns sweet after chewing for some time. EPIC lie. Which sweet, where, how, when. It never happened, don’t let anyone sell you that.
Anyways, while complaining about the seeds to Ade, she sent me the leaves. I was veeeeeery skeptical, and sorry girl, you know that package you posted almost 8 months ago, I just opened it 2 Sundays ago. I have been looking at bulking up my smoothies with healthy stuff. I have tried Linseed powder and it was fine. To switch things up a bit, I tried the dried moringa leaves soaked in water. I was expecting bitterness, and was pleasantly surprised. It has a green tea, herbal tea-ish vibe to it which was lovely, and I thought oooh, this can be my go to refreshing drink. Coke and sodas are sheer evil. Sprinkles holy water. Lol. Maltina my all time weakness has 57 calories per 100ml, and a bottle contains times 3 of that. All empty calories. So, to quench my need for a drink, I am going the moringa way. It contains anti oxidants and all that jazz that are good for you.
Quick Google search and I found recipes that already exist, so that was good. You can make gallons of this and store in the fridge, pack in your water bottle to work – hey, it means you may actually stand a chance of rejecting coke. All that drink water advice is just so boring. You can also pour in a bottle to drink during your exercise routine. You can infuse it with fruit to make it even more interesting, or use the tea as liquid for your smoothies rather than water. On cheat days, make a cocktail out of it. I heard drinking the tea twice a day is good to help fight fat. Don’t quote me please. Let’s mix.
- Dried Moringa Leaves
- Warm water
- Measure out the quantity of dried leaves that you would like to make lets say a pot, depending on how strong it is. Add warm water. I read up that hot water kills nutrients in moringa, so it is best to use warm and let it steep for longer.
- Halfway through steeping, roughly about 5 minutes, add lemon slices and ginger wedges and allow to steep some more
- Drain the tea, sweeten with honey.
- Pour into a glass, add ice cubes and garnish with a slice of lemon and fresh Mint leaves
- You can make this in large quantities and chill
Trying to cut out sodas for your kids, make them some Moringa Iced Tea. I believe Moringa shouldn’t be consumed by pregnant or nursing mothers. Please consult your doctor for confirmation. Rather than throw the leaves away after making a tea, I blended the leaves into my smoothie. Waste not, want not.