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Zinger Tea | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jan. 15. 2016

Zinger Tea

Jan. 15. 2016
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN


A tart, sweet, spicy tea made with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and honey.

I admit I’ve crossed my own boundaries a couple weeks ago with the new site launch, the Guide to Master Meal Planning launch, and our email system was changed over which equaled to hundreds of emails from readers and members asking questions, fixes, etc. on top of my normal work. Oof– it equaled a lot of overworking for me and my team to make sure everything was smooth sailing and thank goodness it is now. Anyways, my body was telling me (neh, screaming to me) to slow down and chill out, so I kinda got sick. I woke up one day and a cold hit me like a truck and I was feeling so crummy. Luckily, I don’t get sick often but when I do I pull out the big kit and get to remedying the cold as soon as possible. First off, check out this blog post I wrote about natural ways to beat any cold or flu and then add this Zinger Tea to it and you’re golden! I made a couple extra acts of self-care that week like an acupuncture appointment and extra sauna time and felt great within 6 days.


You don’t have to enjoy this only when you’re feeling low, you can have it year round which is especially great for kickstarting your digestive system in the morning. I hope you give this one a go! Leave a comment and rate it, rating helps me continue to improve recipes for you. I love seeing what you come up with so don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #nutritionstripped on Instagram!

Less decisions = more energy to do what you love to do. Let the Guide to Master Meal Planning take over meal planning for you and leave you the fun bits to do like cooking and dancing in the kitchen on the weekend plus save so much time during the week to do all the things! 

xx McKel

The Recipe




1-2 cups boiling water

1/2 inch fresh ginger root, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 or a pinch of ground cayenne

Juice of 1 lemon

Pinch of sea salt

1 tablespoon raw honey (add in after)


Simply add all ingredients into a mug, then pour the boiling water over it. Let steep for at least 10 minutes, you can strain it here before drinking or not– I typically don’t for convenience. Then add honey to taste and enjoy warm.

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  • Linda

    Looks great!
    If I don’t have fresh ginger in the house but everything else, could I use my organic ginger tea bag?

    • McKel Hill

      Yes, totally and that’s a great idea Linda!

  • Louisa

    Love this! A usually make a similar tea when I feel a cold coming on, and it feels so soothing on a sore throat.

    • McKel Hill

      So glad you enjoyed it Louisa!

  • Marcie

    I don’t have a cold but I was feeling very cold in my house yesterday so I made a cup of Zinger Tea. It was so delicious and very warming to my belly and body. I will definitely try this next time I’m under the weather as well.

    • McKel Hill

      So glad you enjoyed it Marcie- yes you can totally enjoy this all year round no matter how you’re feeling 🙂

  • Melissa Miller

    Just made this tea and it is delish! I combined everything into the boiling water (except the honey) and then poured over a strainer into my mug. It has a refreshing little kick to it! Really yummy… thanks for the recipe. I will definitely be sharing this on IG!

    • McKel Hill

      Thank you Melissa, so glad you enjoyed this one. I know on a cold day like today here in Nashville, it tastes so good.

  • Garreth

    I’m not under the weather, today was just a chilly day and I wanted to try this. It was easy, fresh, delicious and warming! I zested fresh ginger, tumeric, and lemon peel….mmm mmmm! I chose to drink it unstrained. Thanks for sharing! will be making this often!

    • McKel Hill

      You’re welcome Garreth! Yes, I enjoy this one year round, but it’s especially nice and warming when you’re feeling ill 😉

  • Alisa

    I am feeling a cold coming on due to stress 🙁 I saw this tea and just made a big cup of it, it’s wonderful! I usually make lemon and honey tea when I’m feeling sick, but I love your concoction and will use this as my go to “under the weather tea.” Thanks for keeping such a useful amd inspirational blog!

    • McKel Hill

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Alisa, thank you for your kind words and hope you feel better!

  • Jessica Barsky

    This is great – I will be trying. Love these recipes that you share. Question – is packaged ground Turmeric/ginger as good for you or almost as good as fresh? THanks!

    • McKel Hill

      Thanks, Jessica! You lose a bit of the potency when dried, so if you have access to fresh turmeric use that! But dried will do the trick, too!

      • Jessica Barsky

        Got it – thanks for the reply 🙂

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