June is National Iced Tea Month and because it’s been so warm lately, it’s a great time to switch from hot coffee and tea to cooler beverages like iced tea – whether black, green, oolong, white, or herbal. There are many benefits to drinking tea including lower cholesterol, cancer prevention and improving dental hygiene (cavity determent).
A mocktail is an easy and delicious way to keep hydrated during these high temperature months. Behold! The Strawberry Mint + Lime Cooler as well as the Cranberry Raspberry Lime Sparkler.
Strawberry Mint & Lime Cooler
1 cup white tea
1 cup sparkling mineral water
½ cup fresh mint
½ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
Cranberry Raspberry Lime Sparkler
1 cup 100% cranberry juice
1 cup raspberry tea
1 cup sparkling mineral water
¼ of a lime, juiced
Mint for garnish
Make tea; once tea has cooled, add ice cubes (if desired) and stir in remainder of ingredients. Garnish with mint and lime. Of course you can easily make this mocktail into a cocktail by adding your favorite wine, mead, or liquor (i.e. vodka). These recipes will serve you well in the late spring and deep into summer’s heat. Enjoy!
For National Hot Tea & Oatmeal Month, we shared the Great Goji Groatmeal breakfast recipe on this recent WBNS 10TV segment with Karina Nova and Ross Caruso. With our weather being perfect (meaning: cold, rainy) for this breakfast, we’re sharing it here with you too!
What is an oat groat? It’s the whole grain form of oatmeal, before it is steel-cut, rolled, or pulverized into an instant oatmeal package. These oat groats are chewy and take some time to cook, which is why we called upon our trusty slow cooker to work the overnight shift.
2 cups oat groats
2 tablespoons chia seeds (and/or flax seeds)
1/3 cup shredded coconut
3 cups water (we used hot green tea)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 apples, cored and blended
1/8 cup of goji berries (or substitute with raisins)
1/3 cup cacao nibs (optional)
Use a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Put oat groats, chia, shredded coconut, water, non-dairy milk, coconut oil, and goji berries (and cacao nibs if desired) inside. Blend cored apple and add to slow cooker. Stir all ingredients and cover, cooking on low for about 8 hours (automatic slow cookers should then switch over to ‘warm’ setting). Stir and serve with additional fruit (i.e. berries), nuts, seeds, or sweetener on top and enjoy a warm belly of food to start your day!
When Good Day Columbus contacted us about how to beat belly fat, we knew this was a golden opportunity to assist people in getting ready for spring. Check out the link here for the segment and onto for the bonus section.
5 Foods to Beat Belly Fat:
1. Chili Peppers – capsaicin boosts metabolism and gives the peppers their kick; it’s a great source of vitamin C and is delicious raw, cooked, or powdered in a variety of dishes
2. Kale – as a nutrient-dense green, it offers plenty of vitamins and minerals which are essential in the fat-burning process; it has the added benefit of having fiber which helps with satiety
3. Green Tea – a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who drank 4 cups a day had an average weight loss of 6lbs over the course of 8 weeks. It may be worth having a few cups throughout the day!
4. Coconut Oil – not all fats are created equal; coconut oil has medium-chain triglycerides that can help boost thermogenesis (i.e. fat-burning)
5. Cauliflower – contains phyto-nutrient sulforaphane which can stimulate a pathway to reduce fat cells
Remember, some of these foods can help boost your metabolism and others help support the process, but none of them can work their magic outside of a generally healthy diet. Also, it’s important to avoid foods that can lead to excess belly fat, including: trans-fats/partially-hydrogenated oils, refined sugar, processed foods, refined grains and oils, as well as alcohol.