Healthy Beverage Recipes

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Healthy beverage recipes can be of great benefit as we strive to become healthier. Every calorie counts! What we drink is included.

Coconut Water Smoothie

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Apple cider with cinnamon is a warm healthy beverage

A large proportion of added sugar in the American diet comes from the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. We are drinking our calories. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 reports that regular soft drinks contribute 33 percent added sugar to the American diet. The guidelines recommend reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Water - The Top Healthy Beverage

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Water must be the first choice beverage in order to maintain good health. It is the most essential healthy beverage. Why? The body is 80% water. In all of creation, God used water as a basic element. The lack of water affects every part of the body, especially the brain.

Nothing takes the place of pure water. The body notices the difference and responds. If you need a little taste, add a lemon wedge to the water. Lemon has medicinal qualities to it, such as reducing mucus, stimulating the metabolism, and making the body more alkaline.

Drink water room temperature if possible. It keeps the body in a state of rest and can be used much more efficiently. Cold water (and other beverages) creates a reaction or shock to the body that threatens the body temperature and, as a result, is excreted quickly. Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water, spread evenly throughout the day (which is approximately six to eight glasses of water) is recommended.

If you’ve met your water quota (6 to 8 glasses), the following are some exciting healthy drinks to get you started.

Coconut Water Lemonade

Coconut water can be a very good addition to your healthy beverage recipe list. Try this family favorite recipe.






Healthy Beverage - Teas and Warm Drinks


Teas can make perfect healthy beverage recipes. There are many types of teas. They are dried and prepared leaves, herbs, flowers, berries, or fruit. Black tea is popular and more traditional. It is full-bodied and rich in flavor. For many of us, it was our first tea experience. It is also known for many as the alternative source for caffeine.

Tea Recipes 


Chilled Herbal Red Zinger Tea

  • Add 1 red zinger tea bag to 1-1/2 cup of boiling water.
  • Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add agave nectar to taste.
  • Chill before serving.



Ginger Tea Recipe




Lemon Tea Recipe


Warm Vanilla Soy 

  • 1 cup warm milk but do not boil.
  • Add a dash or two of powdered cinnamon.

Fresh Apple Cider

  • 1 cup warm or warm apple cider.
  • Add cinnamon sticks to taste

Healthier teas have increased in popularity. They are not only flavorful, but they are functional, providing medicinal qualities within an infusion of boiling water.

We have found that fruit, berries, and flower teas, hot or room temperature, are quick, healthy beverages and serve as good pick-me-ups throughout the day.

We recommend using a healthy beverage recipe. You can prepare them in large amounts and store them so that your beverage of choice is readily available.

Fresh Juice is a Healthy Choice

Fresh juicing does in fact bring out the artist in a person. With a basic understanding, you can create many combinations of healthy juices. The secret is to use color and many combinations to make your juice as a tasty healthy beverage.

Juicing gives the body a rest from so many combinations of foods. Less food means less demand on our digestive and eliminative organs and provides more healing time for the body. It enables the intake of a larger quantity of vitamins and minerals at once. The live enzymes are preserved as they are not damaged by heat or packaging. You can use a combination of juiced plants to make healing tonics for specific ailments and diseases. Juicing is also a key component to fasting in order to rid the body of toxins and rebuild a healthy body.




Reference:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2005.



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