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Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008 03:58 pm

Exhilarating elixir-ing

Pineapple juice concoction will help revive just about anyone

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Untitled Document The dawn of a new year is an invitation for purging, letting go, detoxifying on all levels. If you’re like me, you’ve probably had your holiday landfill of butter, cream, animal fat, alcohol, and other things that have contributed to dull taste buds and big bulges in all the wrong places. Top this human sundae off with a measly dose of winter daylight, and you’ve got a recipe for sludge. It’s a tough time of year to feel energized, but how are you gonna do all those cool things on the New Year’s to-do list when you’ve turned
into a toad?
Pull out the blender. Leave the booze in the cabinet, though; this drink is for restorative purposes only. Pineapple is the star of this New Year’s show. It offers a bunch of that much-needed vitamin C, as well as a unique enzyme called bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits. If you bumped your head while wearing a lampshade on New Year’s Eve, for example, the bromelain will help that injury. You get the idea. A hunk of fresh ginger joins the fun, warming the winter body and working on that sluggish circulation. Canned or fresh pineapple will do, and all you need is five minutes to throw everything into the blender. A diet drink this is not (although it’s low in calories), but perhaps this little number will inspire a morning walk, a weekend hike, or just a change in the same ol’ tune.
Culinary questions? Contact Kim O’Donnel at kim.odonnel@creativeloafing.com
Wakey-Wakey-It’s-a-New-Year Drink
Adapted from Wise Concoctions,
by Bonnie Trust Dahan

1 cup chopped fresh pineapple or canned      pineapple chunks 1/2 cup pineapple juice (I really like the      Lakewood brand, which is flash-pasteurized    
    and sold in bottles)
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated Juice of half a lemon Honey to taste (start with 1 teaspoon and      add to taste)
Place the pineapple plus 1 or 2 ounces of water in the bowl of a blender and blend to combine. Add the rest of ingredients and pulse for about 30 seconds. Add more juice if you prefer a thinner drink. Serve immediately. Makes two 6-ounce servings.
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