Iced Tea? Yes Please!

Good afternoon!! The weekend is upon us!!

We all enjoy summer BBQ’s and get togethers… well if you’re thinking of sitting back and relaxing this weekend, why not whip this drink up – it’s quite delicious!!

It’s a drink that Dr. Oz recommends thanks to the many health benefits of green tea.  We all know the benefits, right?  Well, green tea purifies your body and maintains vitality – and it’s GREAT for your metabolism.  Green tea accelerates your metabolism by 12%, it regulates your blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of a heart attack and various forms of cancer. It also strengthens your immunity and improves your mood.

Find the recipe below – enjoy! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre water
  • 5 green tea bags
  • 1 orange
  • A handful of fresh mint

In boiling water add 5 bags of green tea. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and leave the tea to cool. Orange cut into wedges. Put the tea in a large jar and add the orange slices and mint. Close the jar and leave overnight. The next day drink the tea. Dr. Oz recommends one cup of this drink in the mornings on empty stomach, before meals, and rest to drink at night before going to bed.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Danielle

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Drink coffee?

 

Do you love caffeine as much as I do?  I must admit, I not only love coffee…I Love Energy drinks.  I KNOW!!! They are horrible for you.  I try to cover my tracks and ensure I drink the sugar free kind.  However, I know that no energy drinks are good for you.  ANYWHOO… I’m not talking about me..

So.. lets start off with the good things about caffeine.  I’ll give all of you coffee drinkers good news!!!  Caffeine in moderation IS a good thing.  Caffeine improves cognitive functions (What do I mean by that? Cognition is a group of mental processes that includes attention, memory, producing and understanding language, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.) Anywhoo… Caffeine also inhibits insulin resistance AND….some wonderful news.. it also speeds up your metabolism!! WAHOOO!!

However, you have to make sure you do not drink too much!! Too much caffeine can actually make us gain weight by burning out our adrenal glands and releasing stress hormones. For this reason, 400 milligrams (mg) a day should be the limit. (That’s the equivalent of one to two large cups of coffee, depending on how strongly it’s brewed.)  SO if you’re looking to watch your weight.. I would recommend not over doing it with the coffee.

Some sources of caffeine are better than others. Organic, filtered coffee (not doctored up with sugar, artificial sweeteners, or cream) is okay. Green tea is a better choice because it promotes fat oxidation and is believed to improve insulin sensitivity. Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages to one or two a day — and because caffeine is a diuretic, you should drink one glass of water for every caffeinated drink. Also, you should have your last caffeinated drink before noon so that it doesn’t interfere with your sleep.

So, are you drinking coffee just for the benefit of it’s fat-burning benefits?  I would highly recommend looking into Guarana.  What is that?  Well because of my experience with a certain weight loss company.. I know different products that assist with weight loss.  I always have friends and family asking me different things they can do/take to help with their weight loss journeys.  So what I do is research online about difference OTC products that they can purchase…

So…lets take a little look into Guarana.  First of all, you can ingest this product in pill form OR in a drink.. Guarana is a tropical plant native to the Amazon jungle. It contains caffeine, but instead of producing a sudden energy surge and quick drop-off, guarana is absorbed slowly and therefore produces a more moderate energy boost that escalates gradually. Try 5 mg of guarana per pound of body weight, and take it about 40 minutes before your workout.

So today, before you hit a Starbucks or Tim Hortons… remember don’t over-do it… It may just make you gain back the weight you’ve lost.

Have a wonderful Sunday. 🙂

-Danielle

Green Tea & Lemon Powerade Recipe!

Green Tea & Lemon Powerade

Green Tea is loaded with benefits for health and weight loss or weight maintenance, but to many, the taste of Green Tea is just plain terrible. So here is a recipe that will have you thinking you are drinking lemonade, yet it will provide all the extra health benefits.
Green Tea’s health benefits are largely due to the high content of flavonoids or antioxidants it contains, and it is the best food source of a group called catechins. Catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and even have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found that consuming green tea provides a reduced risk of many cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.

If you consume Green Or Black Tea regularly, you will also benefit from a reduced risk of heart disease, because the antioxidants (in green, black, and oolong teas) help block the oxidation of LDL (Bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (Good) cholesterol while improving artery function. Researchers have also found that green tea antioxidants help increase metabolism. Drinking a cup of tea a few times a day helps our bodies to absorb antioxidants and the other healthful plant compounds, the usual amount is three cups per day. Allow tea to steep for three to five minutes because this bring out the catechins. Freshly brewed Tea is the BEST way best way to get the catechins and other flavonoids. Decaffeinated, bottled ready-to-drink tea, and instant teas have less of these compounds. Tea can prevent the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables, so if you add lemon or drink tea between meals you can counteract this problem.

The health benefits of lemon are due to many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorous, and antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation and high blood pressure while it benefits skin care, hair care, dental care, indigestion, and is a fever reducer, along with many other health problems. Studies have even shown the fact that lemonade or lemon juice can cure kidney stones by preventing formation of crystals.

(Makes 3, 32oz Bottles)
Ingredients:
12 Organic Green Tea Bags
12 Cups Filtered Water
3/4 Cup Organic Lemon Juice
6 Tbsp. Stevia In The Raw

Directions:

Pour the filtered water into a large pot on the stove.
Tie the tea bags to the handles on the pot and bring to a boil then reduce heat and allow to steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Once the tea is brewed, allow to cool.
Take 3 recycled 32oz Powerade bottles (or other 32oz sports bottles that have been cleaned, and place a funnel in one of them.
Pour 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice, 2 Tbsp Stevia In The Raw, and 3 3/4 Cup Brewed Green Tea into the funnel to fill the 32oz bottle.
Place the cap on the bottle and shake to mix. Repeat with the other two bottles and refrigerate to chill.
When needed, grab a bottle and go! You will be hydrated, energized and lavished with antioxidants.

Nutritional Facts: (Makes 3, 32oz Powerade Bottles)
13 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein