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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Frozen Lemons

June 7, 2016

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Summer is here, and now more than ever, it is important to hydrate. Ice cold water is not only refreshing, it is also more palatable than drinking it room temperature. A squirt of lemon adds a little flavor, as well as a jolt of vitamin C and potassium. Drinking lemon water is also reputed to boost our immune systems, aid digestion, and reduce inflammation. Freezing lemon slices can eliminate the need for ice cubes, and offer an infusion of taste and health benefits at the same time.

How to freeze lemon slices:

Scrub the lemons of any residue, and rinse them well. You can use a brush, a citrus based produce wash, or a mixture of white vinegar and water to get them clean. It is best to use organic lemons for this purpose, to cut down on pesticides. Wipe them dry.

Slice the lemons into 3/8″ thick slices, and cut them in half if desired. Freeze them on a parchment covered sheet pan until frozen through, and then transfer them to a zip lock freezer bag to store.

Grab a few to chill and flavor your water or iced tea, and enjoy!

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Chill

June 15, 2015

 

Old FanIts hot out there. I mean, really hot. After months of complaining about the cold, summer is upon us with a vengeance. Wasn’t it just last week that we were still whining about wearing coats and sweaters in June?

Since there was no slow build up, the high temperature is giving us all a run for our money. Here are a few tips to staying cool in the sweltering heat:

Run your wrists under cool water for a few seconds. Because there is a main vein running through the area, it will help cool the blood that circulates through your body.

Bathe in water just below your body temperature. Hot water might make you feel hotter, and cold water will cause your body to generate heat to warm it back up. A tepid bath or shower will cool you off without raising your core body temperature.

Eat smaller meals. The larger the meal, the more metabolic heat your body creates to break down the food. Smaller, more frequent meals are a better choice in the hot weather.

Avoid over-indulging in caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine revs up your body, increasing the temperature, and alcohol is dehydrating. Good old water is the best drink for your body, especially in the hot weather. Drink up to keep hydrated!

Keep your moisturizer in the fridge. Applying the cool lotion to your body will temporarily cool it.

Leave your pillow in the freezer. Placing your head on the cold surface will keep you cool while you sleep.

Do you have tips for beating the heat? Share them with us in the comments.

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Fruit Ice

June 24, 2014

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Summer is here and the days are starting to heat up. It’s more important than ever to drink lots of water to keep cool, and stay hydrated. This trick adds a little fun and flavor to your water pitcher, by freezing pieces of fruit right into the ice cubes.

In a large ice cube tray, place slices of lemon, lime,orange or other fruit into the wells of the tray. Add water and freeze until solid.

The end result are beautiful fruit filled ice cubes that add a hint of taste to your water as they melt.

Delicious and nutritious! Yum!

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Drink Up!

May 29, 2013

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As the temperatures rise, it’s important that we up our fluid intake, especially when working out in the heat.

There are many ways to hydrate out there, and the supermarket shelves are filled with sports drinks, bottled waters, and enhanced waters to aid in that process. With all the choices, it can be a bit daunting.

How do you know when you need a sports drink to help replace lost fluids and electrolytes, and when good old H2O the best choice?

Gatorade, the most popular of the sports drinks on the market, was created to help replenish fluids and electrolytes of the University of Florida football team. An assistant coach was puzzled by the players extensive weight loss during games, (up to 18 pounds!) coupled with their lack of urine output.  In testing players, it was concluded that they were not only sweating out all of their body fluids, but also their energy and stamina were depleted, due to electrolyte imbalance, low blood sugar and low blood volume. At that time it was thought that drinking during exercise was detrimental to performance. The coach consulted with experts who disagreed.
The solution was to rehydrate them with water, as well as replace some of the salt and sugar lost in the process. Lemon was added to make the drink more palatable, and Gatorade was born.

If you are working out in the heat, with the intensity of the Florida football team, than a sports drink like Gatorade is for you. But chances are, most of us are working out for shorter periods of time, in more tolerable conditions. If you are working out at a very high intensity for more than 1 hour, (think marathon training runs) a sports drink might be in order.

Remember that these drinks contain calories. The average sports drink contains 50-100 calories per serving, or 125-250 calories per container. They are very high in sodium and sugars, and are highly processed with chemical additives and colorings, found to be hazardous to one’s health.

Flavor enhanced waters can be valid choices, since the flavoring often makes us consume more than we might if faced with plain old water. These too come with artificial baggage, and could serve to delete the benefits of your hard work.

Glaceau Vitamin Water and SoBe Vitamin Enhanced Water are among the best, using natural flavors and containing about 70 calories per container. They do come in plastic bottles, which carry BPA risks of their own. While the zero calorie-enhanced waters do not add sugars and calories, they do add artificial sweeteners and colorings.

That brings us back to water. Filtered tap water served in a glass or metal water bottle is almost always the best choice for replenishing before, during and after a workout.  Guidelines for athletes suggest 15-20 oz. in the 2-3 hours leading up to a workout, and 8 oz. about 15 minutes before. It is suggested to drink another 8 oz. for every 15 minutes of exercise, and to consume 8 oz. of a sports drink for sessions exceeding 90 minutes. Experts suggest weighing yourself before and after a very strenuous workout, and drinking another 20 oz. of fluid for every pound lost.

Be sure to tailor this to your size and activity level, to avoid discomfort during training.

Adding your own flavorings to tap water can make the drink a little more interesting, and still maintain it’s stellar health status.

Try adding a squirt of lemon or lime to your bottle, or toss in ice cubes with berries other fruits frozen into them. Mix up a de-bloating pitcher of spa water (previously featured here) or try this recipe via Men’s Health for a healthy, homemade sports drink:

DIY Sport Drink:

Dissolve ¼ cup sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt in ¼ cup water.

Add ¼ cup of orange juice or other 100% fruit juice, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 3 ½ cups of water to the mixture. Chill and enjoy!

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Unrecipe of the Week: Spa Water

June 25, 2012

With the heat index souring, it is important to stay hydrated. This spa water not only hits the spot, it also has natural properties to beat the bloat.

Peppermint and ginger are both known to soothe the stomach and G.I. tract, while the lime adds a tangy shot of vitamin C. Cucumber helps flush excess water from our systems.  While it seems counter-intuitive to drink water to rid your body of excess water, it actually works!

Stay cool, stay hydrated and enjoy!!!

Spa Water:

one handful of fresh mint leaves

1 lime, scrubbed and sliced

1 small chunk of peeled ginger

1/2 of a cucumber, scrubbed and sliced

Toss the ingredients into a pitcher, fill with water and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Strain before drinking.

photo: Spencer Jones / Glasshouse Images

Alternative Energy

April 27, 2011

Looking for healthy ways to boost your energy without consuming loads of caffeine?

Here are a few alternatives that will give you the pick me up, without the jitters.

 

An apple a day keeps the sluggishness away

The natural sugars in the fruit will give you a quick burst of energy, without the crash later.

Hydrate

Dehydration can sap your energy.  A glass of cold water, or a cup of low caffeine green tea can perk you up fast.

 

Get down and give me five:

A few pushups will get your blood circulating, making you more alert.

Holding a downward dog pose can also have the same effect.

Get some air

A short brisk stroll will clear your head and give you a dose of vitamin D, courtesy of the sun. The walk gets the blood flowing again, and stepping away from the task at hand for a few minutes can be reinvigorating.

Before you drop $5 bucks for a sugary snack or a 300-calorie Frappacino, try one of these natural and healthy alternatives!

photo: Glasshouse Images


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