Sassy Water – Part 1

Ever thought of drinking water and getting great benefits while doing so? Water is nutritious on its own, don’t get me wrong but adding extra benefits is a plus. I give this one an A +.

I will be tryin several flavored water recipes which I call sassy water because the taste is sassy, and that’s in a good way. Here is my first sassy water. I  try to buy all organic items from the dirty dozen list, in addition, I clean all my fruits and vegetables by scrubbing them, then soaking in apple cider vinegar for about 20-30 minutes.

Ingredients

12  mint leaves

1/2 large cucumbers slices

1 apple cored and cubed

1/4 lemon cubed

1/4 lime cubed

1/2 medium ginger (grated)

1 cinnamon stick

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large bottle and fill with water. You can continue refilling as the day go buy. You will want to toss it out about day three to five. You will know by taste. Enjoy …

Read about each benefit below, this is more than just water!! 🙂

Mint: peppermint or spearmint – Indigestion, cooling of the skin, vomiting, colic, nausea,

menstrual cramps and gall bladder pain.

Cinnamon: Lower cholesterol, kill bacteria,  heal wounds,  control blood sugar levels, relieve stomach flu

caused by harmful bacteria like salmonella.

Apple:  Improved digestion, prevention of stomach disorders, gallstones, constipation, liver disorders, anemia, diabetes, heart disease, rheumatism, eye disorders, a variety of cancers, and gout.

  • Calories: 95.
  • Carbs: 25 grams.
  • Fiber: 4 grams.
  • Vitamin C: 14% of the RDI.
  • Potassium: 6% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin K: 5% of the RDI.
  • Manganese, copper and vitamins A, E, B1, B2 and B6

Lemon/lime: Purifies and stimulates the liver.  Liquefies bile while inhibiting excess bile flow. Aids digestion. … So your heart health is improved from the lemon water’s potassium.

Ginger: May help prevent and heal inflammation, balance blood sugar, reduces cholesterol, promote weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

Cinnamon: The oils found in cinnamon bark are thought to reduce spasms, reduce gas (flatulence), and stimulate the appetite. Cinnamon might also increase blood flow. Cinnamon bark also contains a chemical that might work like insulin to lower blood sugar.

Enjoy

Want some school breakfast or snack ideas?

Hmm, what do I want to bring in my child’s classroom that I would also eat…

Have you ever signed up to bring something to your child’s classroom? As a mom, grandma, or guardian it is more than likely you did and several times I can imagine. When my sweet girl was in kindergarten I always was the mom who would volunteer to bring something that I know that I would not mind my child eating. Now twelve years later, senior year I am thinking the same way, of course, my eating habits have changed but the concept of what would something my senior would love to eat.

While there were donuts, milk, and yoohoo (chocolate drink) for breakfast, I signed up for fruits and thought this is the best, healthiest, the most nutritious item on the list 🙂  Guess what, it was!!  I scored big, the seniors ate all the fruits which consisted of strawberries, green and red grapes (see the beautiful colors above) while there were donuts left over I did not even get to a full cup of fruits remaining. Points achieved keeping my senior and her fellow classmates healthy!!;-)

Snack ideas
  • Fruits: Always choose fruits that can easily be picked up, eat quickly, and a bit firm such as grapes, strawberries or blueberries.
  • Veggies or fruit sticks: cucumber, carrots, celery, apple and dipped in hummus, peanut butter, or ranch dressing

Whatever you decide to bring, remember to think of the nutritional value of it, if there is no nutritional value then it’s a BIG NOOOO!!

Healthy Weight Loss Foods

Like promised, when  I read a great article I will share some of my findings with you. I am reading Eaternity by Jason Wrobel. Very interesting. Based on his list here is my list of healthy weight loss foods, I usually purchase organic:

  •  Green tea
  • Oolong tea
  • Almonds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Honeydew melon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa (gluten-free link here)
  •  Kale
  • Avocado
  • Lentils
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Coconut oil

Make sure you are consuming these foods daily.

My Favorite Apps

 

By now you should know how passionate I am about nutrition and be living a healthy lifestyle. I am totally against diets but anything that can help me live a healthier life I am all for it. I  am a member of our local gym. I do personal training twice a week, Trx and Zumba classes once a week, and once or twice a week I train on my own. Some weeks I take 2 days off other weeks just one day. However, on my off day(s), I use the app to work out at home.

First  I use to think of calorie counting as useless, however, it is evident that if you eat more than you are burning logically you will gain weight over time. The first app I would like to introduce is Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal. This app allows you to enter your daily food intake along with workout activity and once completed at the end of the day you can see if you are heading on the right track. What is interesting about this app is that you MUST eat because if you ate too less than it will give the message as follows:

The free version works sufficient but you can purchase the subscription 1 month $9.99 or 1 year $49.99 the premium access allows you to see which foods are the highest in calories, nutrients, or macro. I prefer the premium package because it gives me a clear visual on which foods are better options than others. While this might seem like tedious work, the benefits of you eating the right amount of foods pays off.

My second favorite app is Seven 7 Club. This app enables you to workout in as little as seven minutes to thirty-nine minutes. There are full body, upper body, lower body, boot camp and stretch exercises. There is a range of workouts from beach ready. lose weight, get fit and focus. The free app works well but the premium gives you the options listed above. The subscription fee is $4.99 for one month or $39.99 for one year.

Both apps can keep or put you on the right track to a happier and healthier lifestyle.