While looking for easy lemon recipes on-line yesterday, I came across the recipe for a lemon detox drink containing cayenne pepper, water, lemon juice and maple syrup - the ingredients contained in the famous Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet Drink.
After a lifetime of dietary struggle, I've decided that the best approach for me is more of a middle path of moderation, rather than extreme diets.
I love to cook and bake and eat so the minute I begin to contemplate giving up food, even for a few days, I feel my stress levels increase.
So, while looking for delicious ways - lemon cookies, lemon bars, fresh lemonade, lemon cake, lemon poppy seed muffins - to use up this years crop of lemons falling from the trees, why was I drawn to a recipe containing cayenne pepper, water, lemon and maple syrup?
Is my body craving a cleanse? Does it need a break?
When I start my day with a cup of warm water and lemon, a trick I learned from the delightful book, French Women Don't Get Fat, my elimination improves and I feel better - healthier, lighter, more energized.
Lemons, a rich source of vitamins and minerals, with reported powerful cleansing ability, are plentiful, as we move into Spring, the time of year we seem most inclined to want to fast and cleanse.
Would my body benefit from a ten day break from food, where it's only nourishment comes from cayenne pepper, water, lemon, maple syrup? Maybe.
My brother has done the Master Cleanse and has only good things to say.
He lost weight, and felt healthier and more energized. And he's not the only one.
Lots and lots of people swear by this cleanse that has been around for decades. So, maybe I will give it a try this Spring - at least for a day or two.
You drink at least 60 ounces of cayenne pepper water lemon maple syrup drink or "lemonade" a day along with as much water as you want.
Here's the recipe for the magical elixir. Even if you aren't ready to commit to a ten day cleanse, it seems like a nice healthy drink with which to start the day!
Cayenne Pepper Water Lemon Maple Syrup Drink Recipe
Here's the recipe for Master Cleanse Lemonade. I've provided the amounts for both a single serving and daily supply. Be sure to use fresh, real ingredients - fresh lemon juice and real grade B maple syrup - not pancake syrup.
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (about ½ a large lemon)
- 2 tablespoons of Grade B real maple syrup
- 1/10 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 10 ounces of filtered water
Daily Serving (60 ounces)
- ¾ cup of fresh lemon juice (about 3-4 large lemons)
- ¾ cup of Grade B real maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 60 ounces of filtered water
Combine the ingredients in a glass or pitcher and mix until well combined.
For more about The Master Cleanse
You may need this wonderful Lemon Squeezer if you decide to give the Master Cleanse Diet a go or if you are a huge fan of fresh squeezed lemons, like me.
More Homemade Lemonade Recipes
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