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5 Delicious and Beautifying Summer Drink Recipes

Monday, July 1st, 2013
Healthy drinks

Healthy drinks

During the summer, it’s especially important to stay hydrated for optimal health and beauty. Your body will crave more fluids as you perspire more. While pure water is always best, sometimes you want a little flavor in your refreshment. Unfortunately, many popular summer drinks are filled with sugar and chemicals that offer no favors in terms of your health or hydration. But there are many other good choices, and you can enjoy a refreshing summer beverage without all of the chemicals and sugar. Here are five great recipes.

Cucumber Water
This is a different twist on citrus-flavored water. Cucumber is a powerful beauty food, and this refreshing beverage infuses water with the flavor of cucumber. Cucumbers are high in vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as folic acid. Best, the drink is super easy to make and really delicious!

1 medium cucumber, cleaned and cut into ½ inch slices
2 quarts of pure water
Combine cucumber and water in a large pitcher and allow to sit for one hour or longer. Serve cool.

Agua Fresca
This popular Mexican drink infuses water with your favorite fresh fruit.
4 cups pure, cold water
2 cups of your favorite fresh fruit (berries or papaya?)
Stevia to taste
2 teaspoons of fresh squeezed lime juice
Lime wedges
Place fruit and water in a blender and puree.
Place a small sieve over a pitcher and pour mixture into it, straining the liquid into the pitcher. Discard solids.
Add lime juice and stevia.
Garnish with lime wedges.

Iced Rooibos Mint Tea
Rooibos tea is high in antioxidants and flavonoids, so it promotes youthfulness and great skin. Over a little ice with mint and lemon, it’s a refreshing and detoxifying summer beverage.
6 Rooibos tea bags
One lemon, sliced
Several leaves of fresh mint
Stevia to taste
1 gallon of boiling water
Pour water over lemon, teabags and mint leaves and steep, stirring occasionally, until liquid cools. Remove tea bags, pour into a pitcher, and refrigerate. Serve cool or over a little bit of ice.

Basil Lemonade
Lemons are high in vitamin C and promote alkalinity and cleansing in the body. The basil adds a refreshing flavor to this sugar-free lemonade.

½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cups of cold water
1 cup of fresh basil leaves
Stevia to taste
Place basil in the bottom of a pitcher and muddle it by slightly crushing the leaves. Combine lemon juice and water and pour over basil leaves. Add stevia to taste. Chill, and serve over ice.

Cilantro and Jalapeno Limeade
Cilantro is loaded with antioxidants and aids in detoxification, while jalapeno can help rev up your metabolism. Lime is high in Vitamin C.

4-1/2 cups of water
1 cup organic cilantro, washed and chopped
2 large jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed and chopped
1-1/2 cups of fresh lime juice
Stevia to taste
Lime slices for garnish
Pour water over cilantro and jalapenos. Steep for 30 minutes at room temperature, and then cover and chill for 3-4 hours. Strain the mixture into a pitcher and stir in lime juice. Add stevia to taste. Serve over ice garnished with lime slices.

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Thanks for the great drink advice from Kimberly Snyder. Visit her site at http://kimberlysnyder.net

Center Your Mind and Body in your own Tatami Room

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Tatami mats were originally a luxury afforded only to Japanese nobility, when the architectural style of most aristocratic homes consisted of palatial wooden rooms.  At that time tatami were only used as seating for the highest ranking Japanese aristocrats, or for samurai and priests who had gained power.  It wasn’t until the Muromachi period that tatami became a covering for entire rooms.  Rooms like this became known as “zashiki”, which means “spread out for sitting”, but rules were made concerning etiquette and the proper arrangement of tatami in these rooms. 

Gradually, tatami became popularized enough to be seen in the homes of commoners by the end of the seventeenth century.  While most of today’s Japanese homes have few, if any, tatami-floored rooms, having one “tatami room” is not uncommon.

Oftentimes, these Japanese-style rooms, also known as washitsu, have a set of standard elements that make them more cozy and calming than any other room of the house.  Some people create a special alcove for displaying art, called a tokonoma.  This raised floor area, usually houses a decorative scroll on the wall, with a flower arrangement on the floor beneath the scroll.

Now, with a Tatami Room Kit, you can transform any indoor area into an elegant and peaceful Japanese Tatami room.   This set includes four standard sized traditional rice straw-filled tatami mats and one half-sized straw tatami mat, which together form the perfect 9’ x 9’ sacred space. Each mat is lined with an attractive fabric border in Zen Black, and has a moisture resistant backing. 

Complete Japanese Tatami Room Kit

Complete Japanese Tatami Room Kit

This kit also includes one of the finest single-sided Shoji Door kits, crafted from hand-selected hard woods in a selection of finishes (Oak, Natural, Honey, Walnut, Cherry and Black).  The screen itself is made from commercial-grade Warlon, an acrylic material that is sturdier than standard Shoji paper, while also being moisture and tear-resistant.  This set comes complete with all tracks and rails, as well as complete instructions for easy assembly.