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 Chai Tea - A Centuries- Old Beverage from India

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Chai Tea - A Centuries- Old Beverage from India

Drinking chai increases peace of mind and promotes health. It is said it improves your digestion, strengthens the immune system, decreases inflammation, acts as an antioxidant and has anti-cancer properties, if enjoyed every day.

Making your own chai at home is very easy, enjoyable and makes the house smell heavenly—a terrific way to start the day!

Chai is made of a delicious blend of spices and is a wonderful way of skipping your coffee. You can add green or black tea as well to satisfy your caffeine needs.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  •  1 tablespoon anise
  • 12 cloves, ¼ teaspoon pepper corns 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks 
  • ¼ cup freshly grated ginger root

In a saucepan boil 6 cups of water. Add the spices and the freshly grated ginger. Bring to a boil, cover and turn down to a simmer, for 30 minutes. Now add 2 tablespoons of loose green tea, or black tea or rooibos as a caffeine-free alternative. (If you use tea bags, just add 2)

Using a strainer, pour the tea into a thermos to keep warm or pour the tea directly into your cup. Enjoy with a splash of whole milk or the alternative milk of your choice and sweeten with honey or stevia.

Let the flavorful aroma and spices warm you.

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Lemon Water

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Lemon Water

You will need:

  • ½ lemon

  • Mug of warm water

Don’t we all want to do something good for our health?

Building this one thing into my morning routine is my personal health trick. What you do first in the morning matters and having rituals in life can help you feel grounded. 

Start your day out with a mug of warm water and a squeeze of a half a lemon.

Believe it or not, after your body has metabolized it, the very sour lemon helps your body become alkaline. An alkalized body is a real key to health. 

Lemons are also very high in vitamin C and will help you boost your immune system.

Lemons have many other health benefits. They help you have clear skin and help as a digestive aid. This is especially true if you drink it in the morning on an empty stomach. Make sure the water is warm.

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Fresh'n Up Lemonade

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Fresh'n Up Lemonade

You will need:

  • 2 cucumbers (peeled)
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper
  • 2 peeled lemons
  • 1 cup of mint leaves
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey

Thoroughly wash all ingredients. Peel the lemons and the cucumber roughly and cut into smaller pieces. Now juice all first ingredients.

Mix the juice with the cup of water and stir in the honey, mix well.

Enjoy immediately. Add ice cubs if you wish! 

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Fresh Turmeric, Ginger and Lemon Tea

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Fresh Turmeric, Ginger and Lemon Tea

You will need:

  • ½ cup grated fresh turmeric root
  • 2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup stevia, maple syrup or honey Peel and grate the turmeric and ginger root.

Add the 4 cups of water into a medium size pot and add the grated root mixture. Bring to a boil, cover and turn down to a simmer for 20 minutes. Using a strainer, poor the mixture into a tea pot or a heat proof glass jug. Squeeze in the juice of the lemon and add the stevia, maple syrup or honey.

Enjoy immediately or also nice to have as a ice tea! 

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Spa Water

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Spa Water

Every time I go to the spa, my girlfriend, Jen, and I talk about how wonderful SPA WATER is and how much more water you end up drinking because it is so tasty. So because we all can always drink more water, here is a simple way to make your own tasty Spa Water. 

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You will need:

  • Filtered water 1 cucumber
  • ½ lemon, sliced

OR

  • 6 slices of pineapple
  • ½ lemon, sliced

OR

  • Spring of rosemary
  • ½ grapefruit, sliced

Add all of the ingredients to a clear pitcher or a mason jar and fill up with cold water. Best served if slightly chilled.

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Basic Almond Milk

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Basic Almond Milk

MAKES 1 LITER 

You will need:

  • 1 cup Raw Almonds (soaked over night)
  • 4 cups Filtered Water 
  • 1 tsp. pure Vanilla extract  
  • 1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 1 nut milk bag (you buy in most health food stores or order online)

Drain and rinse the almonds. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender for about 60 seconds, until smooth; you may have to blend longer, depending on your blender. 

Strain through a nut milk bag into a bowl and squeeze well to get out all the liquid. 

Milk will keep for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Lemon Cleanser

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Lemon Cleanser

MAKES ONE JUICE

You will need:

  • 1-2 Apples (skin on) 
  • ½ Chili pepper (if you don’t like too hot, remove seeds before juicing) 
  • 4 Lemons (cut off skin, but leave on the pulp)
  • 1 piece of ginger (about 2 inches) 

After washing everything, juice all ingredients. Serve immediately! 

Facts

The health benefits of the ingredients are incredible.

Ginger root: Anti-inflammatory for the body, can help as an digestive aid, relieves nausea

Lemon juice: excellent source of Vitamin C, zinc and antiviral. 

Green Chilies: vitamins A, C and K and the phytonutrient capsaicin  

(eating rich capsaicin sources like green chili peppers may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells, though more research is needed.)

Apples: An Apple a day, keeps the Doctor away 

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The Green ABC juice

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The Green ABC juice

Serves two

You will need:

  • Juicer
  • 1 apple
  • 3 beets and their greens
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 bunch of kale

Thoroughly wash all ingredients, if you use organic produce, no need to peel.  Cut into smaller pieces and Juice.

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Just Beets

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Just Beets

You will need:

  • Juicer
  • 1 Bunch of Beets
  • Beets greens and stems

Thoroughly wash all ingredients, if you use organic produce, no need to peel.  Cut into smaller pieces. Juice first the greens and stems, then the beets.

 

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Facts:

Most lists of "super foods" don't include beetroot juice, but maybe they should. Think of beets as red spinach. They are one of the best sources folate, potassium, Vitamin C, as well as nitrates. They help with blood flow and help lower your blood pressure.

Beet juice may also help your stamina when you exercise.

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Sweet Green juice

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Sweet Green juice

You will need:

  • Juicer
  • 1-2 bunches of parsley
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 bunch Dino kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 handfuls of Spinach
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 pear

Thoroughly wash all ingredients, if you use organic produce, no need to peel.  Cut into smaller pieces and Juice.

Enjoy immediately!

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