Fitness 5 Friday: 5 ways to flavor your water

This has been probably one of the most exhausting weeks I’ve experienced since Micah’s college graduation, but it’s been a rewarding week. Something I’ve been working on this week has been drinking more water…I’ve realized that I need to drink more water. You might be saying, “Yeah, me too, but water is boring.” Well, that’s where making my own water flavors has kept me from losing interest in keeping hydrated! I prep these foods, and then place them in a pitcher, or you can by an infusion pitcher. I love mine!
Here’s my top 5 flavors:

1. Cucumber and lemon – clears complexion, de-bloats
2. Raspberries – antioxidants
3. Lime and ginger – soothes and achy tummy and freshens breath
4. Watermelon – helps flush toxins
5. Mixed berries – a healthier alternative to gatoraid

These additives are all natural. Just slice as needed and add them to a pitcher of water. Chill and then serve! What’s your favorite healthy water additive?

Scrumptious Saturday: Flavored Water recipe

So the New Year is here, and if you’re like me, you’ve realized that there’s some small things you’d like to tweak in your health regimen. One of those things that I’m greatly lacking in is drinking water. I definitely don’t drink enough water, but desperately need to. For Micah’s birthday, he got this great infusion pitcher, (his mom got it at Marshall’s)which allows us to put fresh berries and herbs in our water. I love this method. I feel refreshed drinking infusion water, especially with raspberries.
Here’s one of my favorite combinations:
1/3 cucumber
1 sm. can mandarin oranges rinsed
2 teabags green tea.
1 teabag mint tea

This is a great tummy soother after all of those holiday treats, and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and rehydrated. With all the colds and viruses going around, that’s important to staying well. Enjoy!

Smoothie Heaven: Red Velvet smoothie

Hi there!
So if your week has been anything like mine, there have definitely been some ups and downs… Fortunately, I can sip a comforting Red Velvet smoothie! You might think, ” But isn’t Red Velvet a cake?” Well, yes it is but this smoothie recreates the taste of red velvet without all the sugar. It’s one of my all time favorite smoothie recipes and my clients love this recipe! And with Christmas and the holidays around the corner, we could all use a little desert that will help us keep a healthy waistline…right? Well without further ado, here it is, my raging Red Velvet smoothie!

 Red Velvet Smoothie    (Serves 2)
1 c. mixed berries or raspberries.
1 tbsp. unsweetened baking cocoa
1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder
1/4 c. greek yogurt
1. cup almond milk
1/2 c. water
2 tbsp. stevia

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Raspberries have vitamin k.and lots of other antioxidants. try this fruit in oatmeal with almonds and greek yogurt too!