3 Refreshing drink recipes for summer

ImageWhen the summer heat is bearing down on you and you’re sweating in places you’ve never sweated before, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re active. Water, of course, is your best bet when it comes to replenishing your body fluids and flushing toxins out, but it’s not always exciting to reach for a big, tall glass of plain water.

Tea and alcoholic beverages are not the best choice for replenishing your body fluids, because both of these are a diuretic – meaning, that you will urinate frequently when you consume these drinks. Depending on how much you drink, you may be losing more fluid than you’re taking in.

Instead, mix up your own refreshing drinks to enjoy when you’re working outside or lounging by the pool. Here are three delicious – and hydrating – drink recipes that will get you through the dog days of summer.

Agua Fresca

2 cups of fresh fruit (choose your favorite!)

4 cups ice cold water

2 tsp. lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)

Garnish with sprig of mint or lime wedge if desired

Sweetner, if you like your drinks sweet

Directions: Blend water and fruit together in your blender. Strain over a glass with ice, add lime juice and sweetner if desired. Enjoy!

Basil Limeade

1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn (must be fresh, dried won’t work for this recipe)

4 cups ice cold water

½ cup lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)

Sweetner, if you like your drinks sweet

Directions: Muddle basil by placing in the bottom of the pitcher and slightly crushing the leaves. Mix lime juice and water, and pour over basil leaves. Sweeten to taste and pour over a glass of ice. Garnish with lime wedges if desired. You can also make basil lemonade by simply substituting the lime juice for lemon juice!

Mojito Cooler

1 cup ice cold water

1 cup fresh mint leaves, torn (must be fresh, dried won’t work for this recipe)

¼ cup lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)

Splash of club soda

Sweetner, if you like your drinks sweet

Directions: Muddle mint leaves by placing in the bottom of the pitcher and slightly crushing the leaves. Mix in lime juice and water, and pour over the mint leaves. Sweeten to taste and pour over a glass of ice. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with fresh mint and lime wedges if desired.

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Combining Proper Nutrition and Portion Control for a Killer Combo

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So many health experts out there focus on what you should be eating on a daily basis. As a result we tend to focus on the “what” in terms of proper eating, but an aspect that gets lost is often the “how”. We have heard it before that we need to be eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day, but how do you make this happen and ensure proper portion control and combining all the right foods?

It takes good planning and a focus on the right way of eating combined together. So as you plan for your mini meals all day long it’s not just about eating the most nutritionally sound foods, but also ensuring that they are dished up in the proper amounts. Though this may sound like a lot of effort you tend to fall into it without any problems as you move forward. You will learn what a proper portion of food looks like and more importantly how to get the most out of your eating with every single meal.

Making Every Bite Count

This effort really focuses on the fact that there is no more mindless eating. There is no more standing up and eating or picking at food on the run. This means that you savor the taste of your food and ensure that you are truly getting something out of your meals. So every bite that you take should be accounted for and therefore give you some real value as well.

You can achieve this by combining food groups wherever possible. Not only do you ensure that you get everything that you need in a day in terms of nutrients, but you tend to create really powerful combinations as well. Think of how great a mini meal of an apple with peanut butter sounds. This incorporates a fruit, lean protein, and even fiber and it’s a very manageable portion. Start to focus on this philosophy and you are bound to come up with some combinations that you love and that are so good for you at the same time. That’s how you make every bite taste good and work for you at the same time!

Planning Ahead for the Best Meals

You can’t possibly get the most out of your meals if you don’t plan for each and every one. If you leave things to chance then you are inevitably going to cheat or give into your temptations or hunger pangs. So the more planning that you put forth the more health conscious foods that you eat and the more that you practice portion control overall.

You want to be searching for healthy recipes all the time from trusted resources. You want to make your grocery shopping really work for you. It’s also worth nothing that you must also ensure that every single meal that you eat is carefully crafted and put together with thought. You may need to actually portion your food at the beginning but you will eventually learn to eye things and give yourself what comprises a serving size. Planning ahead becomes part of your life and ensures that every single meal works for you and not against you.

Being Mindful of What You Eat….and How You Eat It

The more that you think about portion and nutrition, the more that you are going to be aware of what you are eating. This means that you won’t be tempted to eat the remaining food off of your kid’s plate. You won’t be as apt to cheat because you know that even a little cheat means extra calories that you don’t need. You will really learn to embrace what a well planned mini meal can do for you.

When you give proper thought to the food that you eat and the portion that you eat it in then you are practicing the most important aspects of healthy eating. This is a combined effort and you soon see that it’s not just about getting proper nutrients out of food but getting them in the proper amount. So think of how eating well and portion control can fit into your life and how you can get started with these concepts today.

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