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Healthy Drink Choices

Don’t like water? You’re not alone. Sure, you know water is one of the best things you can put in your body, that your body is comprised mostly of water, that it helps you lose weight, and flushes toxins from your system, but the bottom line is: you don’t like it, and given the choice, you would probably never drink it. The good news is; you don’t have to. While the eight glasses a day rule is still the way to go, there are other ways to stay hydrated if you simply can’t bring yourself to gulp down the H20. Here are some liquids that provide hydration, and some other nutrients, too, when you’re thirsty for something a little more interesting than water.

Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate has been getting a lot of buzzes lately for the antioxidant kick it packs. Research has shown the juice may prevent heart disease, cancer, and inflammation.

Low Fat Milk
Although there has been something of an anti dairy backlash lately, low-fat milk is still considered a healthy option. It’s an excellent source of vitamin D, calcium, protein, and other micronutrients essential for your health. Low-fat varieties are better choices because they have a lower saturated fat content than whole milk.

Green Tea
Green Tea may be a better choice than coffee when it comes to that daily kick. Green tea is packed with energizing nutrients and antioxidants, and just enough caffeine to get you going without the midday crash.

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Orange Juice
While most versions on the market are processed with sugar, not much beats a cup of fresh squeezed OJ to start your morning off on the rich foot. The vitamin C and quercetin in orange juice has been associated with the relief of seasonal allergies, so you’ll want to keep your juicer on hand when pollen season comes around.

Beet Juice
It may not be the easiest thing to find in grocery stores, but if you can find a juice bar that serves beet juice, it may be worth making the extra effort. Beet juice can lower blood pressure, increase blood flow to the brain, to slow the progression of dimension, and keep your liver health with high magnesia, iron, and calcium levels.

Hot Chocolate
Perhaps the most sinful beverage on the list thus far, the high magnesium level in cocoa is a great way to soothe menstrual cramps. However, it comes with a price. In order to get the magnesium, you’ll need to make your own. Just mix hot chocolate with raw cocoa powder, and add almond milk, honey or maple syrup, if it needs some extra sweetness.

Kale Juice
Drinking your veggies still a strange concept to you? Kale is packed with minerals and vitamins that help with everything from bowel regulation to bone health. Again, you’re best off rolling up your sleeves and making your kale juice in the comfort of your own kitchen. Bottled varieties tend to pack in the sodium.

What are you drinking to keep your body healthy? Let us know.

Summer Foods We Love

Ah, summer! There are so many things that the human mind associates with summer: Long days, warm nights, the beach, the pool, short shorts.  But an all time  favorite has to be the ice cream truck.  That creepy sound of some kind of sick jack in the box being played has, for years, triggered that Pavlovian response – ice cream time.  Kids with their dollars clenched in  sweaty fists, would cue up anxiously for their favorite treat; a snow cone, a strawberry bar, that weird frog with the bubble gum eyes….Yes, ice cream has to be on the top of the list of summer foods we love. But what are some other great foods associated with summer?

 berry desserts

Fruit
One of the greatest sensations of summer must  be the taste and texture of a perfectly ripened peach on a summer day.  They are also a great source of vitamin A and potassium.  Although they are great alone,  the more motivated of us might want to whip up some peach ice cream or a peach pie.  And while you’re at it, how about some honey vanilla poached apricots.  Peaches distant cousins, apricots are a source of Vitamin A which is great for your vision and promotes cell growth.  Blue and Blackberry shortcake?  Yes, please, over here.  Berries are abundant in the summer and are low in calories and high in antioxidants.

barbecue

Barbecue
What would summer be without the tiki torches and the smell of brats hitting the grill.  Although we most commonly associate the barbecue with dogs and burgers, nowadays you can put just about anything on the grill.  How about some Tangy Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Marinated Grilled shrimp, Asian Beef Skewers or Aloha Chicken burgers.  And vegetarians, take heart!  Even if veggie burgers and tofu aren’t your thing, summer squash can be delicious with tomato and basil and is also full of omega 3 and fiber.  Or how about some Mediterranean stuffed tomatoes.  Mouth watering yet?  Tomatoes are full of good stuff like niacin for maintaining cholesterol levels and lycopene, which is an antioxidant.

Cocktail

Cocktails
Ok, so summertime is party time and, while it is always important to keep safety and good judgment at the forefront, what would the summer barbecue be without those pretty mimosas and margaritas?  While some of us have no compunctions about downing these sweet concoctions, others are concerned about the calorie count.  Well, you might enjoy a Bombay Magic.  Consisting of tequila, lemon juice and club soda, this beauty weighs in at a mere 109 calories.  Or if vodka is more your speed, how about the Skinny Iced tea with vodka and lemonade, for only 70 calories. And, how can you possibly resist the Fruity White Sangria with pineapple, mango juice and white wine.  And only 94 cals! Have I died and gone to heaven?  And if you prefer straight vision, there is always the alcohol-free 86 calorie Grapefruit Mocktail with cranberry juice.  Don’t forget the toothpick umbrellas!

So enjoy the summer fare!  Eat up!  Be healthy, have fun, take advantage.  You only live once!

Spring Wine Pairings

As spring approaches, many people tend to prepare fresh, light meals over the heavy winter comfort foods. If you think your lighter fare is limited to white wines, think again. There are plenty of spring foods that pair incredibly with a wide range of wines. Below, check out some of our favorite spring wine pairings.

Fruits and wine

Fresh Fruit
Pairing fresh fruit with wine might seem a bit difficult at first due to the inherent sweetness of fruit, but it can be done. Whether you’re serving fresh fruit on its own simply sliced, or incorporating it into a dessert like a strawberry tart, there is a wine that you can pair it with. The most general rule about pairing wine and fresh fruit is to pick a wine that is even sweeter than the fruit you plan to eat. Picking a wine that is sweeter than the fruit you’re serving ensures that the sweetness of the wine won’t be lost in the fruit and will still be able to shine. Another option to consider are wines that have floral notes, as these tend to become more pronounced when paired with fruit. Try an effervescent Moscato, a sweet Riesling or a Gewurztraminer with notes of rose. If you want a little bit more bubble, choose a sparkling wine, like Lambrusco or Schiava.

Honey baked ham

Honey-Baked Ham
Easter falls on March 27th this year and there’s a good chance your family is going to purchase a honey-baked ham, or that you will prepare your own honey-baked ham. Honey-baked ham is both sweet and deliciously fatty, so you need a wine that has enough acid and sweetness to cut through the fat. Pinot Noir is a perfect pairing for honey-baked ham because it features sweet fruits, like luscious cherries. Another wine that pairs well with honey-baked ham is a Rose that doesn’t have too high of an acidity and that also does not have strong flavors of oak.

Salad and wine

Leafy Greens
Salads and other green vegetables are a huge part of spring menus and they do require a bit of thought when it comes to wine pairing. Acidity is important when picking a wine to pair with a salad; you want the wine to have more acidity than the salad you are serving so that the wine doesn’t taste flat. Generally, white wines are a better option than red when pairing with salads. Many spring salads include greens like kale, which has a bitter taste, so you want to avoid pairing a kale-based salad with a red wine. However, there is an exception: If you are serving a steak salad, a light red wine would be an excellent pairing. Wines that feature “green” notes like bell pepper work perfectly with leafy greens. Consider a Sauvignon Blanc, Lambrusco or Verdejo wine to serve with your fresh spring salad.

Lamb and wine

Lamb
Lamb is another popular meat for spring dishes and it happens to be one of the most wine-friendly meats there is. Choosing your wine pairing for lamb ultimately depends upon the type of seasonings you use or the dishes you make. For instance, an Irish stew featuring lamb, root vegetables and herbs like rosemary or thyme pairs wonderfully with country red wines, such as a complex, but not too tannic, Cotes du Rhone Villages wine. Cuts like leg of lamb or rack of lamb are frequent choices for Easter dinners, and there are many wines to choose from for this pairing. Bordeaux, Pinot Noir, cru Beaujolais or a dry Rose are all excellent pairings for leg or rack of lamb dishes.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to pairing wine and food is to drink what you like and flavors that you are attracted to. Spring foods, which tend to feature fresh, earthy, sweet and succulent flavors, pair well with a wide variety of wines. Spend some time exploring different flavor combinations to find your absolute favorite spring pairings.

Top 5 Fruits for Radiant Skin

Did you know that having fruit juice every day could help you get a clean and clear complexion? A facial massage with fruit pulp can also go a long way in cleaning and rejuvenating your face. Fruit facials have also become extremely popular over the past decade. And what better way to pamper your face than treating it with something pure and hygienic right out of your kitchen. Something that is beneficial for your skin and doesn’t cause harm in any manner whatsoever. Apart from the fact that these fruits can hydrate and rejuvenate your face, they also allow you to relax and de-stress. Moreover, they are natural, easy to use and cost effective as well. Here is Vine Vera‘s list of the top 5 fruits for radiant skin.

  
2 Whole Mangoes

Mangos

Mangoes, popularly known as the king of fruits, are not just amazing to eat, they are amazing for your health as well. Mangoes are believed to be extremely rich antioxidants that are full of Vitamin A and Beta Carotene. They help you to save your skin from issues like acne, dark spots and blemishes. Furthermore, mangoes go a long way  in adding some shine to your skin and giving it some vigor as well. Mango scrubs can also be used to remove blackheads from your face. Last but not the least, mango pulp can be used as a de-tanning agent as well.

  3 whole apiricotts

Apricots

Apricots are not just good for your taste buds, they are amazing for your skin as well. Apricots are believed to be one of the best things for people with dry skin. Apricots are extremely rich in antioxidants and they can do wonders in terms of restoring your elasticity and helping damaged skin to recover. Apricots are rich in Vitamin A and this helps them to assist with ironing out wrinkles. Furthermore, the natural oils present in apricots can lead to add a protective layer to the outermost layer of your skin.

  1 whole orange and 1/2 an orange

Oranges

Oranges are extremely rich in Vitamin C and orange pulp gives your body with some much needed roughage as well. Oranges also contain collagen and help in slowing the aging process. Furthermore, oranges can be used as a natural scrub and they can go a long way in clearing skin blemishes. Some of the main benefits of eating oranges are reduction in dark spots, lesser acne problems and fewer blemishes. This allows you to get a better skin texture and look healthier and younger in the process.

  2 whole papayas and

Papayas

Papaya extracts are widely used in skin care as facial peels, cleansers, lotions and soaps. But, the natural fruit is also believed to be equally effective and beneficial for your body. It helps you to get a youthful glow and aids in your digestion. Papayas are extremely rich in Vitamin A, beta carotene and Papain. They help to create a tightening and brightening effect on your skin. Furthermore, papayas act as a powerful antioxidant as well as a digestive aid that helps in breaking down the inactive proteins. This allows the skin to fight the damage caused by free radicals and also boosts cell regeneration.

  Whole apple with quartered apple chunk

Apples

Apples are considered to be the richest source of malic acid. Malic acid is a fruit acid that is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid in the world of skin care. It is believed to be gentler than salicylic acid and glycolic acid and it helps your skin to look firmer, healthier and younger. Malic acid basically works by renewing the skin without causing any sort of damage whatsoever. Apples are extremely rich in fiber content as well. This helps the body to clean out the colon and regulate bowel movements. In doing so, apples help your skin to remain pimple free. Apples offer amazing antioxidant action to your skin, prevent tissue and cell damage and work as anti-aging ingredients as well. They minimize your fine lines and wrinkles as well.