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Diabetes and Medicines – Herbs 5F

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The series which includes diabetic friendly beverages in now in full swing. These recipes can be used all year and are particularly effective as real thirst-quenchers in summer. Traditionally, they were used by farm workers, through the centuries, who did not have all day access to springs and who had only limited ability to carry beverages far to work. This replaces electrolytes. It’s a healthier form of a sports drink, in our modern world.

The last post had a recipe for Switchel, which is one of the historic names for this beverage. Haymaker’s Punch and Oxymel are other names.

Organic maple syrup is imperative to use. Sugar maples are seriously sprayed with pesticides. And, research is constantly showing that of all the sweeteners, natural, pure organic maple syrup (in limited quantity) is actually helpful to diabetics. If you are nervous about using it, then use liquid Stevia drops, to taste, and leave out the maple.

“Eating Well” is a well-regarded magazine with many recipes crafted by dieticians. That is the source of the Haymaker’s Punch recipe which follows.

Serves: 8
Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, but Prep Time is short.

9C filtered or spring water, divided
1/4C minced fresh ginger
1/4C pure, organic maple syrup
1/4C organic molasses
3/4C lemon juice
1/4C  organic apple cider vinegar [Bragg's or Spectrum brands, only]
fresh berries, mint sprigs or lemon slices for garnish

Combine 3 cups water with the ginger in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat, then boil gently for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let infuse for about 15 minutes, or to the strength you enjoy.

Strain the ginger-infused water into a container, pressing on the ginger solids to extract all the liquid. Add the organic maple syrup and organic molasses; stir until dissolved. Stir in lemon juice, organic apple cider vinegar and the remaining 6 cups filtered or spring water. Chill the beverage until it is very cold, at least 2 hours or overnight. Once you have tried this version, see if you can reduce the sweetening somewhat or substitute some liquid stevia for some or all of the molasses.

Stir the Haymaker Punch and serve in tall glasses over ice cubes. If desired, you can garnish with berries, mint sprigs or lemon slices, but do not put whole berries into kid’s glasses.

Nutrition per serving:
Calories 73
Sodium 13mg
Total Carbohydrate 20g

(Em: Have with 2 oz. of protein and 1t healthy fat, for a complete snack.)


Bragg’s is also bottling an Apple Cider Vinegar beverage now (their recipe of Switchel) in 3 flavors. I tried the one with cinnamon (as that spice is another beneficial one for diabetics — make sure it’s real cinnamon, not cassia!). You will find the Bragg’s beverage available in glass bottles in the refrigerated section of good health stores or see their site.


Vinegar has long been used as a folk medicine for things like headaches and indigestion. But, now several studies reinforce its benefit for weight management and blood sugar control. Researchers believe that it is the acetic acid in any type of vinegar that produces the effect (apple cider, balsamic, white wine or red wine) (Em: I only recommend organic apple cider vinegar — as it is alkaline pH in its metabolic action inside your body — even though it’s “acidic”)

Do NOT use white distilled vinegar, ever!  The scientists believe the vinegar interferes with enzymes involved in the digestion of carbohydrates and those which alter glucose metabolism. That means way less chance that your insulin will ” spike”, so your blood sugar will be more stable.

One recent study found when mice were fed a high-fat diet — and then given acetic acid — the rodents developed about 10% less body fat than those not given acetic acid.

In a 2007 study, scientists found that having small amounts of vinegar at bedtime seemed to reduce waking blood glucose levels in people. Take this with some water, and with your small bedtime snack.

For blood sugar balance (for those with diabetes or on diabetes medication) or for weight loss, dilute 1 -2  tablespoons (some people start with teaspoons) in an equal amount of spring or filtered water — and then drink it at the beginning of a meal or with your bedtime snack. Enjoy!

Best to all — Em

REFERENCE: to access more of the series: Diabetic Herbs The extra page links to the whole series are on that page.

Please also read the 4 years of still current articles in my archive. See the tab on the upper navigation bar.

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