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Make Naturally Flavoured Water at home to cool your body!

Water is extremely important to the human body! It provides energy, prevents headaches caused by dehydration, curbs false hunger cravings, makes skin look fresh and dewy, revs up metabolism and detoxifies the entire body.

Just to shake things up on the water front, let’s try making Naturally Flavoured Water at home, with fruits and vegetables and no chemicals whatsoever like in the store bought waters! And all these waters are a great way to detoxify your body and beat the summer heat, naturally!

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Mint Cucumber Lime GingerTake 1/2 a cucumber and grate it, slice 1/2 a lime into thin slivers, chop up 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, grate a knob of fresh ginger and add to a liter of water and stir it around. Make sure you store it in a glass mason jar or any glass container. Keep it in the fridge and drink it all day. You can add water to it when it runs out, without mixing any of the ingredients again, but only for a day. It is the most refreshing drink you’ll ever have and your body will thank you for it.

Strawberry Lemon with Basil – Slice up 1/2 cup of strawberries, slice 1/2 a lemon into thin slivers and 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves and muddle it in the mason jar. Add a liter water and keep it in the fridge. Enjoy all day!

Watermelon Mint – Cube a cup of a juicy watermelon, chop up 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves and add 1 liter of water. Store it in the fridge and hydrate your body through the day.

Pineapple Orange Ginger – Cube 1/2 cup of a fresh pineapple, slice 1/2 an orange into small pieces, grate a tablespoon of fresh ginger and add it all to a liter of water. Fresh, homemade flavored water inside your fridge!

If you’d like to sweeten your water just a bit more, add natural sweeteners like Organic Raw Honey, Agave, Stevia or Coconut Sugar. You can also try making these refreshing flavored waters with other fruits like Kiwis, Mangoes, Peaches – any fruit that you enjoy eating.  There is no fresh fruit combination that can go wrong really.


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Want better sex? Eat Mangoes!

Summer time is Mango time! Eating into the bright yellow, sweet and tender flesh of the juiciest mangoes is one of the few pleasures of life everyone indulges in. Mangoes are delicious and absolutely addictive, since you can’t stop at just one! But did you know that mangoes boast of numerous health benefits, including boosting your sex life? Be it the ripe fruit, mango leaves or an unripe green mango, they all contribute to improving your overall health.

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Eating mangoes regularly is beneficial to the body in many ways, namely:

  • BETTER SEX – The vitamin E that is abundantly present in mangoes helps regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive! People complaining of a low libido should eat a lot of mangoes.
  • LOWERS CHOLESTEROL – Rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin C and pectin, mangoes help in lowering bad cholesterol levels in your body. They relieve you of LDL levels of cholesterol in the body; high LDL levels can cause heart attacks and strokes. Mangoes also contain pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) which is responsible for augmenting the chances of heart attack.
  • ANTI-CANCER – The phenols in mangoes and abundant enzymes have cancer-preventing capabilities. Mango is also high in soluble dietary fiber known as pectin. Scientists have identified a strong link between eating lots of fiber and a lower risk of cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. A cup of sliced mangoes, around 160 gms, contains 76 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant which helps protect cells from free radical damage and lower risk of cancer.
  • EYE HEALTH – One cup of sliced mangoes provides 25 percent of the daily needed value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight. Eating mangoes regularly prevents night blindness, refractive errors, dryness of the eyes, softening of the cornea, itching and burning in the eyes.
  • DIGESTIVE HEALTH – Mangoes contain digestive enzymes that help break down proteins and aid digestion. They also fight acidity and poor digestion, and help in regulating bowel movement due to their high fiber content.
  • SKIN – Mangoes are effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin. They are very effective in controlling acne which is caused by clogged pores. Remove the mango pulp and apply it on your skin for about 10 minutes before washing it off. Eating mangoes regularly whitens the skin and makes it soft and shiny.
  • CONTROLS DIABETES – Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. Boil a few mango leaves in water and allow them to steep through the night. Filter and drink this water in the morning. The glycemic index in mangoes is low, between 41 and 60 and they do not have a significant effect in increasing blood sugar levels.
  • ANAEMIC HEALTH – Mangoes are high in iron, so they’re beneficial for anemic people and pregnant women.
  • BOOST MEMORY – Mangoes help boost the memory levels and concentration because they contain glutamine acid which keeps brain cells active.
  • RELIEVES HEAT STROKE – Unripe mangoes, a rich source of pectin, when steamed and juiced with cumin, rock salt, and sugar, provide an excellent remedy for heat stroke and heat exhaustion in the summer.


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Refreshing green tea recipes, on ice!

On a scorching summer’s day, sipping on a hot cup of freshly brewed green tea isn’t that appealing, right? But who says green tea need only be had hot? Green tea is even more refreshing and nourishing, with all its numerous health benefits intact, when iced and mixed with some fruits, roots and honey!

Here are four exciting green tea recipes, on ice! Take your pick – Watermelon Green Iced Tea or a Green Tea and Ginger one or a frosty Green Tea Cinnamon Smoothie or the Mango Green Iced Tea. Whether you want to make it for yourself or for a summer party or just for your family, these iced green teas and smoothies are very delicious to drink and will make for some great summer memories with your loved ones!

Watermelon Green Iced Tea:

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Serves 2 

Ingredients:

  •          4 cups seedless watermelon flesh, cubed
  •          2 cups hot water
  •          3 green tea bags
  •          Juice of 1 lime
  •          Sugar to taste

 Directions:

  • Blend the watermelon cubes in a blender until pureed. Use a strainer to remove the pulp completely and keep the puree smooth.
  • In a sauce pan, boil the water and add the green tea bags  and allow to steep for 5 minutes, and then remove the bags.
  • Allow the tea to cool at room temperature before adding the watermelon puree, lime juice and sugar. You can also use raw honey instead of sugar, if you are counting calories.
  • Serve immediately over ice.

 Iced Green Tea with Ginger:

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This is an all day, any time refresher which is easy to make with ingredients that are readily available in every household. It takes about five minutes to make, but the effects of the antioxidants in the green tea are everlasting. Drink up for a healthier you!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 green tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 100 grams of fresh, unpeeled sliced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Fresh sprigs of mint
  • Lemon wedges (optional) for garnish

 Directions:

  • Add the water and ginger to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow the bags to steep for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove and strain the tea bags and ginger. Pour the tea into a pitcher, add the honey, lemon juice and stir.
  • Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Serve over iced cubes with lemon wedges and mint sprigs as garnish.

 Green Tea Cinnamon Honey Smoothie:

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Making a smoothie is an easy way to whip up something nutritious when you don’t have a lot of time. This low-calorie cinnamon, honey and green tea smoothie makes for a chilled caffeine break when the temperature rises. Not only will the caffeine in the green tea give you much-needed energy, but cinnamon and green tea have both been shown to have metabolism-boosting properties.  In addition, research has shown that honey may help regulate blood sugar levels, meaning you won’t feel sluggish after this afternoon snack. The next time you’re feeling like you could use a frosty beverage, forget the Frappuccino and make this 139-calorie smoothie instead.

For this recipe, use two or more green tea bags to brew a cup or two of  tea, depending on how strong you’d like it, then keep the tea chilled in your fridge until ready to use. You can also add greens of your choice, like kale or spinach, to add a few more nutrients to this smoothie without altering the taste.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brewed green tea
  • 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • Half a banana

 Directions: 

  • Add one to two scoops of crushed ice to a blender, along with all ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Mango Green Iced Tea: 

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It isn’t summer if they are no mangoes! And a fresh mango and green tea on ice is just the drink to keep us happy and cool all summer long! Bring home those delicious Dusseris, Langdas, Chausas and Alphonsos and blend them into a tall glass of happiness!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 mangoes, peeled and sliced
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 green tea bags
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Directions:

  • Puree mango in a blender with 1/4 cup of sugar and set aside.
  • Pour water into a pot and bring to a boil. When water begins to boil, add tea bags, cover pot with lid and turn off heat.
  • Allow the tea bags to steep for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove bags from the pot and pour in mango puree. Add remaining sugar and mix well.
  • Pour mixture over ice, garnish with mint and serve chilled.