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Homemade Energy Drink

Homemade Energy Drink
I started out with the intention of coming up with a recipe for a homemade version of the store bought energy drinks, but after doing some research and discovering how unhealthy they are for you, I decided instead to try and design a less sugar/caffeine fueled way to help myself through the workday afternoon sleepy slump. What I landed on was a system of three drinks and some energy boosting ideas that are going a long way to helping me keep my energy up all day long! Here's the good on the drinks: The Fire Hydrant (left) - 3-4 8oz glasses throughout the day filtered water 1 slice lemon 1 pinch cayenne pepper Other than getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do to help keep your body functioning at optimum levels. *For an explanation of lemons' miraculous transition from acidic outside of the body, to alkaline once ingested, visit this link: The Heavy Lifter (right) - 1 glass in the morning Related:  FOOD

40 recipes for oranges for superfood meals Our Superfood Recipes Series gathers up great recipes for the most amazing superfoods, inspiring you to add these healthy ingredients to any meal. Oranges are one of the most healthful fruits around -- and one of the most versatile. On the health side of things, oranges are just chock full of vitamins. Known best for their extremely high vitamin C content, oranges also contain vitamin A, which is an important antioxidant, and B6, which helps with healthy skin and fighting fatigue. Oranges contain potassium and calcium, are a great source of fiber, and may even help lower cholesterol. While you get the most health benefits out of oranges by simply peeling them and eating them raw, that's not exactly the most inspired way to eat them. Breakfast: © Jaymi Heimbuch Vegan Orange-Cranberry Muffins with PecansRecipe: TreeHugger Vegan Banana Orange Nut LoafRecipe: eCurry Raspberry-Orange SunrisesRecipe: My Recipes Mandarin Orange Breakfast BitesRecipe: Taste of Home elisabet.s/CC BY-NC 2.0 the uff da!

Top 20 Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen Top 20 Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen Please be sure to Join our email list and receive all our latest and best tutorials daily – free! 25K+ Ginger photo – © charlottelake – Fotolia.com #34744482 Note – as always – this is just background information, not medical advice or a recommendation to self-medicate. Pain may be an indicator of more serious issues and so if you have symptoms, medical consultation is advised. Also, be sure to ask your physician if there are any known interactions between herbs and medications you are taking. Just discovered a fantastic, fascinating list of natural painkillers that are common kitchen ingredients! This list is absolutely incredible – and the uses are based on reports from scientific research (this info is included at the source article – link at the foot of my commentary). Top 20 Natural Painkillers List Can you think of any more? If you enjoyed this page:

How to: Blueberry Mojito July 4, 2011 | cheers | Sweet Recipes | Comments If Violet Beauregarde didn’t turn into a big blueberry and float away, she would’ve been around (and old enough!) to enjoy this Blueberry Mojito! Okay, my husband wrote that line, but I thought it was cute so I left it ; ) Anyway, HAPPY 4TH of JULY!!! Photo Credit: Sugar and Charm

30 Vegetarian recipes you can cook in 30 minutes or less We love healthy food, especially if it can be made quickly and easily on busy week nights. It doesn't always have to be summer salads that are quick to put together and serve up -- there is something in this list for any season of the year. Let us know any tips or tricks you have for quick meals made from scratch in the comments. © Jaymi HeimbuchSavory swiss chard and onion frittataSimple, savory, and so satisfying! © Jaymi HeimbuchCrispy zucchini pancakesThese little crispy snacks are great for brunches, or for a healthier way to satisfy that craving for some fried comfort food. © Jaymi HeimbuchYogurt parfaits in a mason jar for breakfasts on the goIf you already have your granola baked up, this healthy breakfast idea takes just a couple minutes to put together -- only long enough for you to cube some fruit or toss berries in a jar and cover it with yogurt and toppings. © Jaymi HeimbuchBaked avocado fries Yes, you read that right.

Study Determines This Is the Most Relaxing Song Ever Looking for something to help you relax before bed that doesn't involve popping a pill? You might want to load up your iPod with a song by Manchester band Marconi Union. Sound therapists were able to rate ten of the most relaxing songs, with Marconi Union's 8 minute trance-inducing tune, "Weightless", coming out on top thanks to its continuous rhythm of 60 BPM, an ideal tempo for synchronization with the heart and brainwaves, making it an ideal audio accompaniment for a good night's rest. Listen to it after the jump… Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy notes: "While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat. The harmonic intervals - or gaps between notes - have been chosen to create a feeling of euphoria and comfort. • 10 Simple Things to Make You Happier at Home • Your Weekly Retreat: How To Relax & Eliminate Stress at Home • 4 Goals to Boost Happiness at Home • Simple Ways to Relax and Enjoy Hosting

How to : Jalapeno Watermelon Limeade I had a fabulous dinner with my family at Hundred Acres in New York City last week. I don’t drink very often, but I absolutely loved their Spicy Watermelon Lemonade with vodka. I couldn’t wait to make a non-alcoholic rendition of this delicious cocktail at home, so I picked up a watermelon yesterday and got right to work. I made mine with lime juice instead of lemon, and I believe I used more watermelon and less citrus than Hundred Acres because I didn’t want to add any sugar (if you’d prefer a more tart drink, you can certainly use more lime juice and less watermelon). I wasn’t quite sure how to flavor the drink with the jalapeno, so I sliced up a large chile and let it infuse the juice for 30 minutes…I thought it was perfect, but you might like yours with less or more of a “kick”. To say I am obsessed with this drink is a bit of an understatement…I foresee many batches of it in my house this summer. It’s a perfectly delicious refresher without the alcohol, so the vodka is 100% optional.

126 Super Healthy Snacks (Low Calorie & High Protein) If you’re searching for healthy snacks it’s best to walk briskly past the snack aisle in stores. Many of them will be full of GMOs, preservatives, chemicals, and artificial flavors and sweeteners. This list of snack idea includes foods you can make at home, several in a matter of minutes so you can curb hunger before it gets the better of you. You’re sure to find a few favorites here, and a healthy twist on some old classics. Meaty Roll-Up A Fruit Roll-Up won’t get you too far in terms of satisfying you until it’s time for a full meal, but a Meat Roll-Up gets the job done. You’ll also be avoiding the sugar and chemicals that you’ll find in fruity packaged snacks at the store. What You Need: 2 Turkey slices (or sliced Chicken Breast, or lean Roast Beef) 1 Mini Carrot (or Celery Stalk, or Asparagus Spear) Steps: Roll the meat of your choice around the vegetable of your choice. It’s good to smell the roasted flavor and get good and ready for a snack right when the timer dings. What You Need:

The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Contests 50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making As a society, we have become over-reliant on “ready made” products. We have lost the ability to make things from scratch. Rather than blend up some peanuts to make delicious, tasty and fresh peanut butter, we’ll spend many dollars on a jar from the store that contains artificial preservatives, unnecessary packaging and that simply lines the pockets of huge, unethical multinational corporations. Aside from foods, you can also make your own personal care products, beauty and make up products, cleaning products and home accessories that taste, work or look better than store bought, without the harmful chemicals and toxins and free from excessive, earth damaging packaging. Foods Homemade Ketchup – This ketchup won’t brake the bank, tastes better than the real deal and contains no added sugar – so it’s nutritionally good for the whole family. Peanut Butter – It is so simple to make this pantry staple it would be silly to buy it. Want to learn more about making your own foods? Next Page >>>

A Garden State of Mind 4 Best Methods for Off-the-Grid Food Production For most of us producing all of our own food is just a fantasy. It evokes visions of multiple acres of fertile land, long work days, and expensive machinery. However, none of these are necessary to achieve self-sufficient food production. There are many gardening techniques that can produce an abundance of food for you and your family without requiring a lot of space, money or equipment. What each of these methods will require is your time, but not the dawn-to-dusk work hours associated with farming. Rather, you will need time to study and practice these methods and other food preparation skills such as learning to mill your own wheat or corn flour to make breads, tortillas, pastas from scratch, or learning to can, pickle, or preserve food in all its forms. Your diet should also be considered when planning for the best self-sufficient food production method. With dedication and proper planning, everyone has the ability to survive the looming food crisis by producing their own food. 1. 2.

Create Cozy Reading/Nap Areas for Kids! I am on the prowl for a hanging wicker basket chair for our home. I fell in love with these chairs on a recent vacation where every balcony at the hotel had one. It is super cozy and it brings you back to childhood days no matter how old you are. That one (above) was big enough for hubby and I to doze off in almost every night and I thought, how fun would it be to have this at home...In the living room, our room or even in the kids room-hung low enough for them to climb in and out for story time or nap time. I know I would have loved that as a kid! I found this one (below) at pier1imports. The photo above is the same chair from pier1imports and this is with the stand. This chair is about the cheapest you will find anywhere and it is great quality. Below, is my Photoshop composite of how you can avoid the expensive hanging chairs offered out there--some cost about $600 and up...Purchase a papasan chair. Or indoors hung from the ceiling or swing stand. Enjoy!

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