Month: June 2012

Sunny Weather Beverage

It’s the perfect time of year to start making Sun Tea, which is basically any kind of tea you brew using the power of the sun. As long as you have water, tea bags and sunshine you can make yourself some delicious tea.  Yesterday, I decided to make a mix of green and black tea with some fresh mint (pic below).

How to:

  1. Fill a large glass container with some good quality water (cool or room temperature)
  2. Add teabags (about 3-4 bags per half-gallon of H20)
  3. Add a few slices of lemon/lime or a few sprigs of mint (optional)
  4. Cover the container and place it in a location that gets full sunlight (this spot can be indoors or outdoors)
  5. Let the tea brew for at least 3 hours
  6. Refrigerate or pour over ice to drink immediately
  7. Enjoy!

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Product of the Week

One of my latest and most enjoyed healthy snacks are these spicy little pumpkin seeds by Eden Foods. With soy sauce, garlic and cayenne they have rich flavor with a nice little kick. High in protein and fiber as well as iron, magnesium and zinc, they make a nutritious and energizing snack.

Let me know if you give them a try!

{Eden Foods – Spicy Pumpkin Seeds}

 

A Very Healthy Vinegar

Here are 10 reasons why you might want to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet. My favorite use for ACV is in homemade salad dressings. It’s actually the only vinegar I keep in the house these days. Are you a fan?

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Perfect Warm Weather Snack

I love this tip from Healing Lifestyles & Spas (1 of my favorite sources for natural health and beauty info):

Snack on Watermelon after a Meal. The amino acid arginine can optimize oxidation of fat and glucose and pump up some lean muscle. The water will also help you feel full, making it less likely you’ll snack unnecessarily after a meal. 

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Just in case watermelon’s deliciousness wasn’t enough of a reason to include it in your diet, now you know it can also up the slim factor!

Pink or White?

While grapefruit of any color is a healthy addition to your diet, if you opt for pink or red grapefruit over white then you will consume a significant amount more vitamin A  – about 26 times more! Vitamin A is essential to vision, immune function and cell growth. In addition, red and pink grapefruit contain lycopene, which has anti-tumor properties.

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Personally, I love pink grapefruit and always choose it over white. What about you? I also keep pink grapefruit juice in the house instead of orange juice because I find it to be more refreshing and I also like that it has 7 grams less sugar per serving.