This may be one of the most ninja drinks that I have come up with so far and as yet have not found its equal amongst the slew of pre made drinks, powders and supplements available wherever stuff is sold. The cost is extremely low and the performance enhancement is exponetialy greater by a million trillion times than the cost of the sum of its parts. This is a seckrit ninja fuel!
You will need the following:
1 Bag of Yerba Mate, loose leaf style, or pre packed in tea bags, this is just more costly per ounce and unnecessary.
2. Chia Seeds
3. Lemon or Limon if available. – OR – Unfiltered Raw [UN pasteurized] Apple Cider Vinegar
4. Cayenne Pepper, ground.
5. OPTIONAL INGREDIENT- Small amount of Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar.
In large container allow loose leaf mate to cold brew. This is just like making sun tea. You may put it in the sun, but it is not necessary. Overnight is fine, but tea will be ready within 6 hours.
Strain out leaves, you can do this through a filter, a t-shirt, however you want to separate the tea from the vegetal matter. Now, separate amount you want for the day, keep the rest in the fridge. Tea will be good for 4-5 days.
The following measures are being added to 3.5 cups of tea:
Two table spoons, or to taste, the more the merrier – of Apple Cider Vinegar – OR – Lemon/limon to tea – Apple Cider Vinegar is detoxifying, alkalinizying, helps to reduce glucose – helps make things low glycemic, helps in the body using fats rather than storing them, eases joint pain and stiffness, Hippocrates used it to treat illness and help energize and detox his patients. Lemon/Limon – anti viral/bacterial, immune boosting, alkalanizing, weight loss aid, liver cleanser, citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin and it tastes good!
2 Tablespoons Chia – Used by the Tarahumara Tribe of long distance runners, as well as the Aztecs/Maya prior to battle. Contain Omegas, protein, maganese, phosphorour, iron, potassium, calcium, dietary fiber, produces mucilage, or a jelly like substance when immersed in fluid, like this tea, which allows for the bodies slow absorption of the good stuff.
1 teaspoon Cayenne – Dilates vessels, increases bodies oxygen uptake, improves heart, mind, reduces swelling, aids digestion, anti fungal, promotes weight loss, anti bacterial, reduces blood clots, anti allergen, anti cancer
Add sweet to taste. Only use a quality sweetener with a low glycemic rating. For instance, Organic RAW agave will be low glycemic due to its fiber being intact. Non raw/organic will be higher glycemic as its fiber has been largely processed out.
While this recipe is very simple, it is amazing in its return for your workouts! Go forth and be Ninja!