All-Natural Sports Drink

“The remedy for thirst? It is the opposite of the one for a dog bite: run always after a dog, he’ll never bite you; drink always before thirst, and it will never overtake you.” ~François Rabelais

Last weekend AJ participated in a fundraiser for a non-profit organization, HOPE Worldwide. The event was titled “Hoops for Hope” and AJ along with many other members of our church played basketball for 24 hrs. to raise money for this awesome charity. AJ was one of 40 “core members” who promised to raise at least $100 each and to stay for the whole 24 hrs. of the event. It was a very successful event that raised over $5,000. 75% of the money raised is funding a hospital in La Paz, Bolivia and the other 25% will go towards our local community work.

Here he is after playing basketball for 24 hrs. and just before we hit up our local juice and salad bar to refuel!

Since my husband was going to be playing basketball for 24 hrs. I knew he would need a drink that would help to replenish electrolytes lost in sweat. I also knew that I wasn’t going to give him one the the mainstream sports drinks that are full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colorings. So after doing a bit of research, I came up with this concoction! It’s made up of only a few simple ingredients, tastes good, and replaces all the needed electrolytes and natural sugars for your body. Both salt and sugar help the body regulate and retain water in order to prevent dehydration.

The secret is in the salt. Himalayan sea salt is thought to be the purest form of salt on the earth. It is about 250 million years old and is mined from the foothills of the Himalayas. This salt is different from your everyday salt because it contains no chemicals or additives and it actually helps to hydrate your body. Some of the benefits are that it regulates the water content in your body, regulates oxygen levels in blood, gives more energy, contains 84 minerals, detoxifies the body, and helps with circulation and blood pressure. When I first read up on this amazing salt I thought for sure it would be really expensive, but this container was only $4! Last, but not least: it’s pink!!

The raw honey serves as the natural sweetener but also helps to replace needed sugars in the body. Honey is most easily digested in it’s raw state. Containing over 30 detoxifying compounds, lemon is a great choice for flavoring this healthy sports drink.

All-Natural Sports Drink (1 serving)

Ingredients

1 quart (4 cups) of pure filtered water

1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt

1 Tbsp. raw honey

juice of 1 lemon

12 drops of liquid stevia or to taste (optional)

Method

1. Put salt into the bottom of a pitcher. Heat the water in microwave until warm- about 2 minutes. Pour heated water into pitcher.

2. Add honey to warm, salted water. Stir until salt and honey are completely dissolved. Add lemon juice, and stevia to sweeten if desired. Stir until well mixed. Chill in refrigerator until you are ready to drink it!

Makes 1 liter.

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Meet our cat, Phil.

Although he is almost 8 years old- he is our baby. We seriously talk about him and to him like he’s our child. Apart from being a total baby…here are some things you should know about Phil.

1. He has a foot fetish. If you come over, he must smell your feet and then find your shoes. You are most likely to find him sitting on our shoes.

2. He loves to be around people.

3. He loves to eat. (He gets this from his Mom)

4. He whines persistently when he wants something. (He gets this from his Dad, just kidding!)

5. Favorite foods: cat food, catnip, string cheese, tuna, bacon, fresh pasta.

Right now he’s wondering what in the world Mom is going to do with this bag of coconut?

Could she be making a delicious raw treat? Perhaps… :)

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Raw Cinnamon Almond Butter

For the Foodie Tip this week I chose to make some raw almond butter. As I mentioned in my previous post, AJ and I are eating more raw foods on our 30 day detox (Today is Day 26!). I love almond butter but I couldn’t BELIEVE the price jump from standard almond butter to raw almond butter! It costs about $15 for a tiny jar of raw almond butter at my local health food store. So I figured I would give myself a challenge and make my own…for a lot cheaper!! I bought a 3lb. bag of raw almonds (approx. 9 cups) from Sam’s Club for about $11. Making the almond butter was so simple…and I decided to jazz it up with some cinnamon!

Raw Cinnamon Almond Butter (original recipe here)

2 cups raw almonds

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. sea salt

Just simply put all the ingredients into your food processor or blender (I used my Ninja blender). Blend or process until you have almond butter! You will need to scrape down the sides a few times during the process but in about 10-20 minutes you’ll have delicious raw cinnamon almond butter for a fraction of the cost!! Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.

For a properly combined snack you could spread some of this onto a banana…and to make it even more decadent you could drizzle some raw honey, pure maple syrup or melted dark chocolate over it too! Or of course like this. Or you could simply enjoy it right off the spoon like I do! I don’t think I’ll ever buy store bought almond butter again :)

Watermelon Lemonade Chiller

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“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” ~Alfred E. Newman

In case you haven’t noticed there is a massive heat wave going on in our country right now with many states temperatures reaching in the triple digits! Escape the heat by making a pitcher of this semi-frozen watermelon lemonade..and invite your friends to share!

Two of my favorite things to have on a hot summer day come together in this drink! Watermelon, and fresh squeezed lemonade! I first heard of watermelon lemonade from another food blog Rawmazing and thought it was just brilliant! I made some and was smitten. However, I thought it would especially amazing if it was a little bit frozen…hence “chiller.”

Watermelons are packed full of nutrients. They are full of vitamin C, A, B6, and potassium. Watermelon is also a great source of lycopene. Studies have shown that diets that include foods rich in lycopene such as watermelon and tomatoes can greatly reduce your risk for certain types of cancer. Lycopene is also good for the heart.

Lemons are another amazing fruit. They are great for ridding the body of toxins. The citric acid in them aid in digestion and is also said to help break up kidney stones. Lemons are also vitamin C power packs. Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant that helps to build your immune system and protect your body from infections. Vitamin C also aids the body in iron absorption in the blood.

Enjoy and stay cool!

Watermelon Lemonade Chiller (serves 4)

3 cups of frozen cubed seedless watermelon

3 cups of fresh seedless watermelon, cubed

juice from 2 1/2 lemons, freshly squeezed

liquid stevia to taste

1. Add frozen and fresh watermelon in a blender. Add lemon juice, and blend.

2. Add a few drops of liquid stevia to taste. (If fruit is ripe enough, you may not even need it!) If you would like it to be a bit more frozen, add ice.

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Nutrition of lemons

Nutrition of watermelon

Creamy Berry Smoothie

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“If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food.” ~Sally Edwards

First of all, I have to thank my friend Rebecca for this recipe because she is the one who shared it with me! This is now my default smoothie recipe. It is so good that you really wouldn’t think it was so good for you too!

The first time I made this, I made it for myself…just to try it out. I was so surprised at the delicious berry taste, and the creaminess of it- even though it didn’t have any dairy in it! I didn’t taste the veggies at all…so I had to try it on my husband to see if he could tell. I told him I was making him a smoothie, and left out the part that there was spinach in it ;). I served it to him and waited for his reaction. He said that it was really good and asked what was in it. I said, “Well, what does it taste like is in it?” He said it just tasted like a blueberry smoothie! Yes! So I told him that it had avocado and spinach in it and he was really surprised. I have tried “green smoothies” on him several times in the past and he has said that he never wanted one again. However, this green smoothie is husband approved!

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You can make this recipe with any berries. Pictured above is with strawberries, but I’ve also made it with blueberries- which so far is still my husband and I’s favorite, or you could even do a mix berry blend! Berries, especially blueberries, are a low calorie fruit that are very high in antioxidants. They are also said to help improve brain health and memory.

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The avocado is the secret because it gives it the wonderful creamy texture. Avocados are also extremely beneficial. Avocados are actually considered to be the world’s healthiest fruit. They are packed full of the “good fats” as well as vitamin C, K, E, B6, potassium, dietary fiber, and folate. Avocados are very good for your heart. Not to mention, they are my all time favorite food!

If you grew up watching cartoons like Popeye the Sailorman, then you know that spinach is good for you! Like all dark greens, spinach is a great source of iron. It is also high in vitamins C, A, K, and calcium.

Enjoy this delicious and nutritious smoothie!

Berry Smoothie

10oz. of frozen organic berries (blueberries, strawberries or a mix)

1 cup water

half of an avocado

one handful of organic baby spinach leaves

liquid stevia to taste (for sweetness)

1. Put the avocado, frozen berries, and spinach in a blender. Add about a 1/2 cup of water. Blend. Add water as needed until desired thickness. Add a few drops of liquid stevia until desired sweetness. Enjoy!

Note- if you would rather use fresh berries, you just need to add ice!