A Must Have Tropical Beauty Drink

I’m so sad to report that my obsession with coconut water started late in my adult years…for years I hated the idea of drinking coconut water and I think it’s because for a long time my taste buds were so used to high sugar concentrated drinks. Anything less just tasted bland.

So I was minding my own business at the supermarket today when I happen to come across a deal on young Thai coconuts….I grabbed one…..big mistake, do you know how amazing coconut water is? Forget bottled coconut….real coconut water is so amazing. The liquid from inside young coconuts before they mature has become a popular alternative to sports drink, unlike other coconut products, its low in calories, contains no fat and is rich in potassium.

Many studies have shown that the antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity of coconut water may help with a number of minor to severe health conditions. This nutrient rich drink has been used to regulate blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels, and it has been found to boost energy levels and increase metabolism in the human body.

Coconut is a great fluid for electrolytes (mineral balance) – yes ditch the sports drink and grab coconut water instead. It contains potassium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, copper and selenium.

Great for skin – Selenium is a great anti-aging mineral that maintains skin elasticity, and a healthy scalp. Zinc helps with your hair, nails and keeps your immunity strong.

Cardiovascular health – individuals with high blood pressure usually have low potassium levels. Therefore, drinking coconut water on a regular basis can be quite effective at regulating blood pressure due to its high concentration of potassium and lauric acid.

Assist with weight loss – Coconut water is a natural electrolyte which helps increase the body’s metabolism. Therefore, it can greatly benefit people who are struggling with weight issues.

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Anti-Inflammation ‘Ginger-Turmeric’ Tea

Its been a hectic week, one where my schedule is full with work, kids and during such times I love to wind down with herbal tea. I normally enjoy herbal infusions, but decided today I wanted to make something soothing. Instantly I thought of the ginger and turmeric. These are my favorite go to herbs especially during fall and winter, as they are great at warding off any oncoming coughs or colds.

I feel like this is such a common trait for so many of us. We lead such busy lives and with that we get pulled away from eating healthy food. Modern food has changed so much, it’s become the norm for people not to eat fresh, local seasonal food, instead people are eating fast food  out of convenience. Unfortunately, this fast food is causing inflammation which is a major root cause of disease. One of the important ways of healing our bodies, whatever it is that we may be suffering from, is to eat food that does not promote inflammation, along with making lifestyle changes such as stress reduction and having a  positive attitude.

I know first hand what having a stressful life can lead to. For two years I was in a stress filled job, I was unhappy, my hair was falling out, I had breakouts, I would snap at people around me, because I was worn out. I promised myself once I left that job that I would take better care of myself and loved ones. I started researching on the foods and herbs that can help the body heal and foods that fight inflammation.

Ginger has been found to have antioxidant, antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. Ginger is also great anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties. It is great for your heart as it has cholesterol and blood pressure regulating properties.

Turmeric contains curcumin that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have been linked to reduced risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and arthritis. It’s also great for your skin.

Try this wonderful Tonic anytime you feel under the whether or just as a general way of warding off disease.

Ingredients

4 cups filtered water

2  1 inch fresh turmeric

2 1 inch fresh ginger

Maple Syrup for sweetness or any sweetener of your choice

Juice of 5 key limes or lemon

1 Tbsp. Black Pepper

Directions

Take 1 cup of water and add peeled ginger and turmeric and put it inside the blender. Blend for 40 secs. Boil 3 cups of water. Once boiled pour in the ginger and turmeric mixture into the pot and add the lemon and black pepper.

After 10 mins of the mixture being boiled. Allow it to cool and add the maple syrup or honey. Next strain through a mesh sieve. Drink it warm in winter and over ice in summer. You can add a herb of your choice like rosemary or mint.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Moringa “Burst of Energy” Elixir

I know how dependent we are on coffee in the morning to help keep us alert and awake, its amazing, the aroma, the taste…but i have also seen how dependent and addicting it can be.

So what can we do to replace the amazing coffee that get’s us out of bed and get’s us going. Well I would suggest trying moringa, the reason is because

  • gives instant & long lasting energy with no crash
  • improves focus & concentration
  • boosts your metabolism & improves digestion
  • balances blood sugar levels for you throughout the day

This Moringa Elixir is all that and more. I add lemon to this elixir because when digested together, the Lemon’s Vitamin C significantly boosts absorption of the Moringa’s nutrients — especially Iron. Iron is integral  for energy. Its very quick to prepare, you will wonder why it took you so long to try out Moringa.

Ingredients

2 cups coconut water

1/2 bunch of kale

1 frozen banana

1 kiwi

2 tsp. ginger

2 Tbsp. hemp seeds

2 Tbsp. lemon

1 Tbsp. Moringa

Ice Cubes

 

Directions

Pour all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve.

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Heat it up with this green smoothie.

So the cold is definitely with us and I’m sure you will be reaching out for all the hot chocolate, tea, coffee and soup. I know for many of us, this is the time we steer clear of smoothies. Well guess what, you don’t have to. You can always add foods that heat up the body like ginger and cayenne.

I know this may sound like an add combination and it’s so easy to be averse to anything that may not be sweet, but give it a try you will be as surprised as I was on how good it tastes. The smoothie is refreshing, spicy and its healthy. You will enjoy the benefits it will also offer your skin, with bromelain from pineapple, silica from cucumber and beta carotene from the spinach. Add some hydrating coconut water and cilantro that helps with detoxification. The lemon and cayenne will also assist your metabolism.

Ingredients                                                

1 cup coconut water

1 baby spinach

1 cup pineapple

1/2 cup cucumber

1 Tsp. lime juice

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Some ice cubes

Directions

First, pour coconut water, spinach, pineapple, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice and cayenne and blend. Taste and add more cayenne if you desire until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve.

Let me know how you like this drink by commenting below. Is there any other spicy smoothie combination you have tried before? Please share below.

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Refreshing Hibiscus Tea

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Have you recently decided to cut down on consuming sweet drinks? If you have decided to recently cut down on sweet drinks I promise you  hibiscus iced tea is a drink you are going to love consuming this summer and you get to make it for yourself and show off to your guests that you really are serious about getting your health right.

Sugar is such an addictive product and I know how hard it is to give up, that is why I want to help you curb your cravings with healthier alternatives to juice or soda. If you are having trouble with reducing your sugar intake please, please do not be so hard on yourself. It will take time but slowly and surely as you start to eat better, you will also start craving for healthier food and drink choices as well.

One of the things I would like for you to get in the habit of doing is knowing why you are consuming the foods and drinks you eat. Get into the habit of asking yourself what benefit you are getting from the food and drinks you consume, just like friends ask yourself are they adding benefit or are they derailing you health wise. Do your research and be an active consumer.

Hibiscus is such a great plant, beautiful to adorn and even better to consume for the reasons below:

  • One of the best health benefits of hibiscus tea comes from its antioxidants. The antioxidant levels found in hibiscus tea is comparable to those found in red wine, which is known to have a positive effect on cardiac health.
  • Studies have shown that hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure, especially in individuals who have mild hypertension. Individuals who drink two or more cups of hibiscus tea daily for one month can effectively lower their systolic blood pressure.
  • Another great health benefit of hibiscus tea comes from the fact that it is incredibly high in vitamin C and has several minerals. The essential nutrients found in hibiscus tea boost the immune system, helping the body ward off infections and illnesses.
  • Weight management is another one of the many health benefits of hibiscus tea. That’s because this tea blocks amylase, which is an enzyme that breaks down starches into sugars. Because hibiscus blocks this enzyme, a reduced amount of sugars will be absorbed into the body, prompting weight loss.

Ingredients

4 Tbsp Hibiscus Tea

1 cinnamon stick

6 cups of water

Fresh Mint leaves

1 Orange

1 Lemon

1/2 cup strawberries

4 Tbsp Honey or coconut palm sugar

Directions

Boil the water, hibiscus and cinnamon sticks together for at least 10 minutes. Add the honey or sugar and stir. Let the hibiscus cool down and transfer to your pitcher add sliced oranges and lemon as well as the mint and strawberries. Let the drink chill in the refrigerator. When ready to serve add some ice and serve. Enjoy!

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