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Beverages

Happy Lemonade Day!

Gogi Lemon Lemonade

 

Stay hydrated this summer with Goji Lemon Lemonade. It has less sugar than traditional lemonade and is loaded with nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, silica, and antioxidants. The secret ingredient is vTrue, a physician-developed blend of 25 botanical extracts, minerals and vitamins that promote beautiful skin from within. Cheers to healthy skin!

 

Goji Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients: GL Lemonade

  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup vTrue, Gogi Lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • Ice
  • 1 Tablespoon goji berries
  • Lemon wedge or slice for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients. Serve cold and enjoy!

 

 

Acai Super Smoothie

acai smoothie

Smoothies are the ultimate meal. They are fantastically easy to make and can pack a powerful punch of nutrients. The Acai Super Smoothie contains antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as protein. It is wonderfully refreshing for summer and sure to keep you bikini ready!

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of unsweetened acai berry smoothie pack
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 c. blueberries
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 2 c. unsweetened almond milk, hemp milk or water
  • 2 sc. vanilla protein powder

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients, except for the protein powder, blend.
  2. Pulse in protein.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Photo cred: babble.com

Detox Water

#detoxwater

I just returned from my future sister-in-law’s bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas and my body is in serious need of a deep cleansing. Whenever I travel I usually feel icky when I return, flying in germ filled airplanes and not cooking my own food always takes its toll. You can only imagine the extra burden my body endured from five days of bachelorette shenanigans! Since I have a four-day engagement party weekend coming up in two days, this really isn’t the best time to start a full-blown detox program. Therefore I decided that instead of waiting to do anything, I would fill my life with cleansing foods and turn up the intensity when I get home.

Life is about balance. Yes, I may have overindulged in Cabo but I wouldn’t change a thing if I could go back in time. It was marvelous and I enjoyed every second of it! As for the weekend ahead, I am not about to miss out on creating amazing memories with some of my best friends because of poor timing. Rather, I am looking forward to enjoying delicious Napa wine, incredible Indian food, and the company of my besties. Allowing myself to have fun and live will only make it easier to get back on track when I return. I didn’t name my business “Love to Live” for no reason! You have to enjoy yourself, besides, you only live once, #yolo 😉

To start the detoxing process I made some detox water. Follow the recipe below for some hydrating yumminess!

Ingredients:

  • 1 T grated ginger
  • 2 lemons: juice 1 and thinly slice the other
  • small handful of fresh mint, about 1/4 cup
  • 2 L filtered water

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a large pitcher with water. Mix and let all flavors blend in the refrigerator for about an hour before consuming.

 

Colon Cleansing Juice

Experiencing gastrointestinal distress? If so, try this juice to help alleviate symptoms like constipation, bloating and gas.

Colon Cleansing Juice

Ingredients ****All organic****

  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 peeled lemon
  • 1 inch of ginger root

Directions:

  1. Toss your ingredients in your juicer in the order listed.
  2. Juice and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 184

Fat: 1.3 g

Carbs: 59 g

Protein: 4 g

 

Photo credit: Plant Powered Living

Peppermint Ice Cubes

Frozen-Mint-Herb-Ice-Cubes

I came across this idea and instantly fell in love! It is so easy to make herbal ice cubes and the uses are numerous. You can throw them into smoothies, use them as a basis for compresses, add them to iced tea, spruce up your favorite cocktail or just let them melt and infuse glasses of water with the most delightful flavors. Below is a recipe for making delicious peppermint ice cubes. They are not only delightful, but also a great way to impress guests when entertaining.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 teabags or 4 Tbsp fresh peppermint

Directions:

  1. Pour room temperature water over herbs and let steep for 2-3 hours.
  2. Strain.
  3. Pour into ice cube trays.
  4. Freeze. You can leave in ice cube tray or pop out and put in zip lock freezer bag for future use.

Optional: Put a slice of strawberry or raspberry in each ice cube slot.

Homemade Chai Tea

There’s nothing like a warm cup of chai tea on a cold dreary day. Unfortunately, chai tea is usually a sugar trap with as much as 25g per cup. Yikes! To avoid adding extra “padding” during these winter months, make this delicious version at home. It’s sweet enough to satisfy your sweet without regret.

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 c. water
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped ginger
  • ½ tsp. cardamom
  • ½ ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp loose Darjeeling tea, or other strong black tea
  • 2 tbsp sucanant sugar
  • 2 c. whole milk, soy milk, almond milk or other dairy substitute
  • 1 tbsp honey

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan bring water, ginger, cardamom, and cloves to a boil. Recue heat to a simmer and add tea, sugar milk and honey. Simmer 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.
  2. Strain into teacups and serve hot.
Nutrition Facts:

per serving
Calories: 68
Fat: 2 g
Protein: 3 g
Carbohydrates: 11 g
Sugar: 10 g

Parsley Tea

Skip the sleepy time tea and make this thermogenic concoction before bed instead. The ingredients help burn fat and prevent water retention. This has become my go-to drink when I’m feeling extremely bloated. I wake up feeling refreshed and my stomach appears flatter, it’s fantastic!

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of lemon zest
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Hot water

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and steep for 15-20 min. Consume at night after dinner 45 minutes prior to bedtime (so you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night).