Green Iced Tea

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Today I have a quick iced tea recipe that will entertain your taste buds and add antioxidants to your day.

  • 5 Green tea teabags
  • 1 Peppermint teabag
  • 2 Oranges, I used clementines
  • Water

Bring water and tea bags to a boil in a small sauce pot. Remove from heat, cover and allow to cool. Fill a large pitcher with cool water, concentrated tea, and sliced oranges. I squeezed one orange and sliced the other. Refrigerate or serve over lots of ice.

Enjoy!

 

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I Love Tea

Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

My husband teases me because there are nine varieties of tea in our cupboard. Don’t get me wrong I love coffee but nothing competes with a steamy mug of tea. So here’s a round up of what you’ll find in my cupboard.

Twinings Lady Grey – This is my favorite tea to drink with dessert or a pastry. It’s warm with a light citrus flavor.

Green Tea Kombucha – I love green tea and this tea has a little bit of mint flavor that is very comforting. Each Yoga Tea has a little saying on the tag.

Breathe Deep – When I had a bad cold, a coworker gave me this tea and it cleared up my sinuses. It took me a bit of time to get used to the licorice but it’s fabulous when you’re sick!

Ginger Tea – Ginger tea always helps me when I have an upset stomach.

Bedtime Tea – Sitting down after a long day with a mug of bedtime tea is so relaxing. This herbal tea has relaxing chamomile and warming spices. Snuggle up with a blanket, a movie, and brew some tea.

Lipton Pyramid Island Mango and Peach – This tea is fresh, bright and happy.

Lipton Pyramid Green Tea with Mandarin Orange – Green tea tastes great with mandarin orange. It’s light and refreshing.

Tazo Refresh Tea & Peppermint Tea – I drink these in the morning, it really wakes up my body.

What are your favorite tea flavors and brands?

 

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Staying Hydrated

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Today Kathy, who has been guest posting with us every Wednesday, is discussing the importance of staying hydrated.

Staying hydrated is very important to any weight loss plan. Water flushes the toxins out of your organs and carries nutrients into your cells.  Lack of water can lead to dehydration and even in a mild case can make you tired and drain your energy.  Drinking a glass of water before a meal can make you feel full so you don’t eat as much.

The amount of water varies depending who you listen to.  Most often you hear 8 glasses of water.  That means 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water. I have also heard that you should have in ounces half of your body weight.  So if you weigh 150 pounds, take half of that…75,  and that will be your ounces of water.  If you are exercising and sweating a lot, you want to increase your amount of water by 1 or 2 glasses.  You also want to drink more in hot or humid weather.

The majority of the liquids that you drink should be water but you can use coffee, tea or even soda as a portion of your total daily fluid intake.  Water is still your best choice but if you want a different flavor, try another drink made with water.  There are also many different types of powders to add to your water bottle.  Many are very tasty.  They are a great alternative.

You may want to schedule you water to get started just to make sure that you get enough in the day.  Of course you don’t want to drink most of it in the evening because you will be up a few times through the night getting rid of it.  Your body will adapt to the amount of water you drink over time.  It can also be a good idea to pour the amount of water that you need for a day in a pitcher or container so you know when you have had the amount needed.

Water is one of those things that is good for you in so many different ways.  It helps your skin, major organs, and it makes you feel full.  It is also easily accessible and free, if you fill your own bottles.  Remember that many different fluids count toward your total intake.  One other hint…drinking ice water helps you burn a few extra calories.

How much water do you drink in a day? Do you keep track of it in a food diary or keep a schedule?

Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?

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How to Phase Out Soft Drinks

Soft drink intake is linked to childhood obesity, obesity, and higher risks for heart disease and diabetes. One 12 oz can of Coca-Cola is 140 calories and a 12 oz can of Pepsi is 150 calories. To give you an idea, the average person would have to walk briskly for 35 minutes to burn 150 calories. For more activities to burn 150 calories, check out this Everyday Healthy post. Diet drinks are not a free pass as they can still contribute to weight gain and still contain many chemicals.

Perhaps you’d like to cut back on your consumption or eliminate it all together. Quitting can be tough! If you’d like to kick the can, here are a few ideas to help you get on your way.

  • Research – Do research, read the labels and find out what you are putting into your body. This can help motivate you to treat yourself with positive refreshments and drinks.
  • Seltzer water – I’ve come to realize that what I like about soda, or pop as I call it, is the fizzy characteristic. I enjoy the bubbles and carbonation. I realized I can still enjoy this sensation with seltzer water – and it has no calories! Mix up your fizzy drink by adding lemon and lime. It may take a little while to adjust to the lack of sugar or artificial sugar that you’ve become accustomed to but you might find that you love it.
  • Drink water – Tap water is the cheapest option of all! I like to use a water filter and keep the pitcher in the fridge so its always ready, crisp and cool. Add a slice of lemon, lime, or orange to add variety and flavor. In the summer, try a cool cucumber or mix in fresh berries. Fill up a travel water bottle to take on the go. Be sure to stay hydrated and give your body the water it needs.
  • Brew Tea – Iced tea is a delicious, cooling beverage in the summer and hot tea is excellent on a chilly day. Don’t limit yourself to black tea, brew different flavors. A lot of teas have a natural sweetness to them. Try iced green tea, jasmine tea, or mix up a spicy chai tea. If you want to add a bit of sweetness try fruit, honey, or agave nectar. I’ve gradually adjusted my tastes from adding several tablespoons of sugar to drinking my tea sans sweetener.
  • Smoothie – Blend up a quick smoothie, this is an opportunity to add the antioxidants of fruits and veggies to your day and it’s interesting!

I hope these tips gave you something to think about or a starting point.

Do you drink soft drinks? Are you trying to cut back on them? If you’ve stopped, what did you do to help transition? Do you love lime seltzer as much as I do? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

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Happy Friday | Sangria!

Happy Friday! Summer is not over and in the spirit of having summer last as long as possible I’m sharing my favorite sangria recipe. I love, love, LOVE this sangria! Just as a tip, don’t spend much on the wine. I like to stop at Trader Joe’s and pick up a few bottles from their selection (read: two buck chuck 😉 ). If you’re in the mood for a white fruity wine or a rosé instead; add extra strawberries and peaches to the mix.

Sweet Summer Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle cabernet sauvignon
  • 1 Lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 Orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 Lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • Splash of Orange Juice
  • 2 Shots of gin or triple sec
  • 1 Cup of raspberries or strawberries
  • 1 Small can diced pineapples, with juice
  • 4 Cups ginger ale
Pour wine in a pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon, orange and lime into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges and pineapple then add sugar, orange juice and gin. Chill overnight.
Add ginger ale, berries and ice just before serving. I like to use froze raspberries and add to each glass before serving.
Enjoy!
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