A Warming, Soothing Low FODMAP Beverage
OK let’s get something out of the way. As a tea aficionado and purist who brews loose tea every day, I typically reserve the term “tea” for a recipe or reference that is associated with the Camellia sinensis plant. I make exceptions, such as when referring to this Low FODMAP Honey Lemon Ginger Tea.
All tea – black, green and white – comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. But the thing is that folks call all sorts of hot beverages “tea” and since that is what you will be Googling, I will get off my high horse and refer to this calming, warming beverage as Low FODMAP Honey Lemon Ginger Tea.
Honey & Lemon & Ginger
As you might have surmised, this beverage combines honey and lemon and ginger to make a soothing cold-weather beverage.
- If you have a sore throat, make this tea.
- If you are chilled to the bone and want to warm up, make this tea.
- If you want a flavorful caffeine-free hot beverage, make this tea.
- If you like honey, ginger and lemon, make this tea!
A Note About Honey
Honey contains FODMAPs, as do many of the foods that we eat. So how can we have honey in a low FODMAP recipe? It comes down to portion control. Monash suggests 1 teaspoon of honey is low FODMAP. Now, that’s a small amount, but honey is a very strong flavor, so by using 1 teaspoon per serving and then using regular sugar for the rest of the sweetening, we can incorporate honey into this tasty hot beverage. Curiously, in lab tests, clover honey is low FODMAP only at ½ teaspoon. Proceed accordingly and to your own tolerances.
It’s All About Balance
This could be said about life in general! And it is certainly true about following the low FODMAP diet AND about this recipe. If the recipe is too sweet, cut back on the sugar. Too spicy and gingery? Reduce the amount of ginger. Think the lemon is overpowering? Tinker with that, too. The amount of adjusting that you might do will not affect FODMAP loads – as long as you do not increase the honey.
Low FODMAP Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
Looking for a caffeine-free hot beverage? This Low FODMAP Honey Lemon Ginger Tea is so comforting. Just pay attention to the honey amount to keep this low FODMAP.
- 12 ounces (360 m) water
- 1/2 ounce (15 g) fresh ginger root, peeled and grated or finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ to 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Combine water and chopped ginger in a nonreactive pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and strain into a large mug. Whisk in lemon juice, honey and sugar until dissolved and combined. Serve immediately.
- The very sharp rasp-style grater shown in the images makes quick work with the fibrous fresh ginger. The right tools can help make preparing food more pleasant - and give you better results!
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.
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