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Hydration Helper: Drink More Water Deliciously with True Lemon

The struggle to drink more water is still very much an active battle. Although we do triumph here and there, we admit consistency is an issue. We all know staying hydrated is a key factor in being healthy; but how do you make something drink something that has no flavor, no taste, no anything? We’ve tried adding things to our water, like ginger or lemon but the urge to turn it into sweetened beverage is strong. Plus after drinking glass after glass of water, we sometimes feel nauseous. But there is a solution, and one that’s been helping us for the past two weeks, True Lemon Mixes.

Available in water enhancers, energy mixes, tea mixes, and lemonade and limeade mixes, we’ve been happily keeping ourselves hydrated with True Lemon. The low-calorie, powdered mixes are made from real citrus fruits (other True Citrus fruits are also available). They boast zero and ten calories (depending on the mix) and are available in sweetened and unsweetened varieties with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The range of True Citrus mixes is also non-GMO, sodium-free, and gluten-free.

We started out with the True Lemon Energy Wild Blackberry Pomegranate because we still needed the sweetness aspect; but after about a week, we started alternating to the True Lemon Crystallized Lemon with no issues. We have even started drinking plain water more. Of course, we still enjoy the above flavors when we need a bit more from our water. Each zero-calorie True Lemon crystallized packet equals the taste of one lemon wedge, which makes it great for recipes that call for lemon. It’s real lemon without the mess.

If you struggle to drink water or need help staying hydrated without the sugary drinks, try these water enhancers and beverage mixes. You too may find yourself changing your healthy hydration habits for the better. To purchase True Lemon and True Citrus, visit www.truelemonstore.com and www.amazon.com.

Verday Chlorophyll Water: Antioxidant & Cleansing Green Water

Welcome to the spring season, the time of renewals, rebirths, and spring cleaning. It is the time we purge ourselves of the things we don’t use or need anymore; a chance to make our lives a little lighter, a little less clogged. Of course what’s true for our wardrobes and apartments is very much true for our bodies. Could your body use a spring cleaning? But of course you do, we all could! We were recently introduced to Verday Chlorophyll Water, an antioxidant and cleansing, thirst-quenching water that provides the antioxidant and cleansing benefits of a green juice, and will help your body’s spring cleaning efforts.

Available in five delicious natural flavors: Blueberry, Watermelon, Coconut, Cucumber, and Lemongrass & Ginger, Verday has zero calories, zero diet sweeteners, zero preservatives, and is vegan, non-GMO, paleo, and gluten-free. The secret to Verday Chlorophyll Water is, of course, Chlorophyll, the nourishing green nutrient that allows plants to harness energy from the sun. Chlorophyll is considered a super food, it promotes healthy skin, it curbs your cravings for junk food and lowers your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, helps to boost your immune system by promoting the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells in the body, and promotes healthy digestion.

As previously stated, Verday Chlorophyll Water comes in five flavors, the newest being Blueberry Chlorophyll Water (our favorite flavor), and is just the right blend of juicy sweet and fresh berry tart. The Lemongrass & Ginger Chlorophyll Water has a touch of zing and spice; the refreshing and natural Cucumber Chlorophyll Water is exhilaratingly crisp and cool; the Coconut Chlorophyll Water is refreshing and deliciously tropical, and the Watermelon Chlorophyll Water is sumptuously summer-esque.

Each bottle of Verday Chlorophyll Water is packed with 100mg of Chlorophyll, the same amount of Chlorophyll in two shots of wheatgrass, four cups of spinach, or twelve cups of arugula! Get a 12 pack of 16 oz. bottles of Verday Chlorophyll Water for $39.99 on www.drinkverday.com.

To Your Health: ARYA Curcumin+ Drink Blends and Gummy Chews

You may have read a thing or two about the health benefits of the old Indian spice, and relative of ginger, Turmeric. But what do you know about the Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric? Here’s what we know, this bioactive compound has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. This makes Curcumin just as powerful some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the horrible side effects. Studies show consuming this powerful spice can significantly reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. Curcumin also helps burn fat while building lean muscle and acts as a natural detox to help cleanse and purify your body from the inside out. So adding it to your diet is essential to your health. The thing is, the amount of Curcumin found in turmeric is not that high, so to experience the full benefits, you need products that have significant amounts of it. A wonderful way to get the amount of Curcumin you need is with the following ARYA Curcumin+ products.  Their delicious Drink Blends, and Daily Antioxidant Gummy Chews (you won’t find the bitter taste of Turmeric here) contain 27x more Curcumin than regular turmeric.

ARYA Curcumin+ Drink Blends

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ARYA has harnessed the power of Curcumin, made it 27x more absorbable than the Curcumin extract from turmeric, and delivers it in the following, vibrantly hued drink blends. The ARYA drinks are specially blended with natural ingredients and come in the following flavors: Citrus, Lemon-lime, Mixed Berry, and Tropical, and range in price from $2.49-$3.49 each:

  • The Immunity Blend, which boasts only 5 calories, combines Curcumin+ with 3X Vitamin C, Vitamin B complexes, acai, blueberry, and green tea to boost your immune system and enhance your mood. It’s health and wellness in a can.
  • The Radiance Blend, also only have 5 calories, is a sparkling mixed berry drink that combines the robust benefits of Curcumin with full doses of Vitamins C and E, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Folic Acid, zinc, selenium, as well as blueberry, pomegranate, and acai extracts.
  • The Warrior (Sports) Blend is a performance and a recovery drink in one! A multi-functional drink that not only bestows all the anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin, it also supercharges you with Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Niacin. Potassium and magnesium are added to keep you hydrated and feeling strong all day long. It contains natural sugars and monk fruit, and 29 grams carbs to keep you fueled.
  • The C+C (Energy) Blend, also only 5 calories, is specially formulated to re-charge your batteries, giving you a boost to harness your inner Zen. This drink is packed with 45mg of super-nutrient curcumin plus a blend of Panax Ginseng, Taurine, Caffeine, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Niacin to increase your energy and focus.

ARYA Curcumin+ Daily Antioxidant Gummy Chews

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Helping your body has never tasted so yummy. Just as with the drink blends, the antioxidant-rich ARYA Curcumin+ Daily Antioxidant Gummy Chews gives you 27X the curcumin in delicious mango flavor! One gummy is equal to ingesting 1 tablespoon of Turmeric, giving you the daily curcumin you need (take 1 up to 3 times a day). These daily gummy chews are the perfect on the go treats you need to keep your body healthy. The gummies range in price from $2.49- $9.99 for a 3 or 12 pack.

For those of you looking to add the health benefits of Curcumin or Turmeric to your life and dietary, these ARYA Curcumin+ products are a great way to begin. ARYA Curcumin+ is available online at Amazon, Walmart, eBay, and Sears. Have you tried any Turmeric or Curcumin products? Share your thoughts with us.

Drink This and That: New Beverages to Quench Your Thirst

We’ve been walking the city more and more as the weather gets warmer, it is one of our favorite things to do. Of course all this walking means we have to stay properly hydrated, keep our energy up, and do what we can to continue burning off these winter accumulated calories. While we can stay hydrated with the regular H2O, we prefer to keep ourselves refreshed with beverages that offer more than just simple replenishment. Today we share three brands, two are old favorites welcoming new flavors, and the other is a newly launched beverage we’ve become slightly addicted to. we’re happy to get you acquainted with the new flavors from POM Wonderful, and Cascade Ice, and introduce you to Positive Energy. Let begin with the new beverage brand first.

Positive Energy

We usually get our caffeine with one or three hot cups of tea, but you can’t really hydrate with tea when you’re averaging 4-5 miles a day, plus we prefer to feel more energized naturally. Fortunately we can, thanks to the pure fruit juices + caffeine found in Positive Energy. These revolutionary beverages contain 100% pure fruit juices and green coffee beans plucked directly from the trees. Available in six juices, Orange, Cranberry, Apple, Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Mango Lemonade, and Lemonade Tea, the non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher Positive Energy, boasts only 60 calories, the same amount of caffeine as a large cup of premium coffee, no added sugar, no preservatives, and no artificial flavors. You can enjoy them straight out of the bottle like we do, or mix them in a smoothie or cocktail for a burst of natural energy. Grab yourself a 2-Pk, 6-Pk, or 12-Pk on www.drinkpositiveenergy.com.

POM Wonderful

These officially launched late last year but because they are so popular, We hadn’t had the pleasure of trying all of them, especially in one sitting so we were in heaven. As self-proclaimed tea lovers, and POM Wonderful addicts, we had no qualms about loving these. POM Wonderful’s range of new Antioxidant Super Teas combines the antioxidant power of their premium 100% Pomegranate Juice delicious gently brewed teas to bring out their natural flavors and body. These super teas, available in Pomegranate Lemonade Tea, Pomegranate Sweet Tea, Pomegranate Honey Green Tea, and Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea are as delicious and addictive as you’d expect. If you love ice tea and lemonade, sweet tea, or my favorite of all time, POM’s Lychee Green Tea, you will love these free radicals busting beverages.  All four flavors are available now, in POM Wonderful’s uniquely shaped 12 oz. bottles for $1.99 each.

Cascade Ice

We mentioned that we wanted to stay hydrated with more than just plain old water and we mean it. Cascade Ice Flavored Sparkling Water is more than just water, this zero-calorie sparkling flavored waters come in 21 delicious and unique flavors, are free of sugar, calories, sodium, caffeine, and gluten, full of flavor, and have a delightful “fizz” combined with natural fruit juices. they recently held a public vote on Facebook where consumers selected the newest flavor to add to their current 21-flavor collection. The winner, Strawberry Orange Mango! This new flavor joins such favorites as Cranberry Pomegranate, McIntosh Apple and Orange Mango in addition to the line’s three newest flavors, Strawberry Banana, Coconut Mango and Coconut Pineapple. grab your favorite flavor(s) in all 50 states, at retailers such as Albertson’s, Safeway, Ralph’s, QFC, A&P, Raley’s, Coborn’s, HEB, Market Basket, Shoprite, Food City and Price Choppers, among many others.

Tea Time | No Longer Just an Afternoon Delight

Our love of tea is no secret and knows no bounds. While most people swoon over coffee more than anything, we bleed tea. We proudly call our cupboard of tea, a collection, because just as people collect stamps, action figures, etc, we collect tea. We thoroughly enjoy tea infusions and experiment a lot with flavors and while we haven’t gushed here on ready-to-drink cold tea drinks, we’ve been enjoyed them for year – and we’re not talking simple iced tea. Today we highlight cold tea beverages we’ve been enjoying. Some are new, some have been around for years. all we know, they are all very delicious and good for you. Get ready to stock your refrigerator, not your cupboard, with teas from ITO EN, Little Miracles, ChaiElixir, Honest Tea, and Gold Kili.

ITO EN’s Oi Ocha’s Shincha

When you’re thinking of limited edition teas, ITO EN’s leading Japanese brand of green tea, Oi Ocha comes to mind. For the first-time ever, bottled Shincha, the year’s first harvest of green tea, is available in the U.S. Known as the year’s very first harvest of green tea, which is celebrated for its fresh and lively flavor, naturally sweet finish and smooth umami taste. Oi Ocha Shincha is better for you than typical green teas. With its high concentrations of the amino acid L-theanine, catechin antioxidants and Vitamin C, lower caffeine, and high concentration of Catechins/EGCG – a powerful antioxidant in tea that helps neutralize free radicals, this limited edition, seasonal tea will blow you away with its health benefits. Oi Ocha Shincha is available in 16.9 oz., BPA-free recyclable bottles at select retailers and at www.itoen.com.

Little Miracles

Little Miracles are delicious tea beverages you can enjoy anytime. These addictive drinks combine the purest organic green or black tea leaves with the most revitalizing fruits and juices from superfoods. One taste of these refreshingly healthy drinks and you’ll find yourself hooked. What can you expect from this bottled goodness, energizing ginseng and Acai in their purest forms, and other great ingredients such as lemongrass, ginger, pomegranate, and white cherry. Available in four uniquely blended flavors, you’ll find yourself continuously quenching your thirst with these high quality, antioxidant tea drinks day and night. Little Miracles come in handy little 11.16 oz bottles but are very new to the US. To find a list of stockists (aka retailers), go to www.drinklittlemiracles.com.

ChaiElixir

We have a profound love of chai. it is a love we cannot understand and one we have completely surrendered ourselves to. Which is why we were truly excited to be introduced to ChaiElixir, an amazingly refreshing, effervescent chai drink that is an all-natural alternative to carbonated and caffeinated drinks. If you’ve ever enjoyed the spicy, sweet and milky taste of a cold or frozen chai, you will fall head over heels in love with all three flavors of ChaiElixir. Essence boasts a blend of white tea, natural flavors and spices, sweetened with sugar cane and white peach nectar. The very smooth Fusion blends oolong tea, natural flavors and spices from around the world with a touch of vanilla for an enchanting and flavorful journey. Last but not least, Vivid invigorates your taste buds with green tea, natural citrus flavors, spices and caffeine. ChaiElixir comes in 12 oz glass bottles and can be purchased at www.mybrands.com.

Honest Tea

For those who want the fresh taste of fruit with a caffeine-free tea option, the organic, 100 calories per bottle, Honest Tea is just what you need. Although the two newest flavors, Orange Mango Flavored Herbal Tea and Pomegranate Blue Flavored Herbal Tea are launching in January 2015, you can currently indulge in their refreshing and slightly sweet flavors. We recommend their Raspberry Tea, Honey Green Tea, and Peach White Tea, all of which are only 70 calories per bottle. Honest Tea comes in 16.9 oz. and 59 oz bottles, and is available at mass retailers and drug stores nationwide.

Gold Kili All-Natural Ginger Lemon

we know what you’re thinking, one of these things is not like the others. Yes this tea can be enjoyed hot and cold but ever since the weather has become unpredictable, we’ve been plopping one of these filter bags into all our drinks. We’ve infused our water, orange juice, smoothies, etc with the sharp, spicy taste of ginger all for our good health and love of this pronounced flavor. Made with the finest grade ginger, and enhanced with the naturally tangy lemon, Gold Kili will cure what ails you this winter. A box comes with 12 individual foil pouches and can be purchased on www.amazon.com.

Are you a tea lover like us? Have you tried any of the above? Share your favorite cold tea beverages.

Heatwave Hydration | More Than Just Water

With high temperature days like we recently had during last week’s heatwave, I find that not only am I extremely hot and uncomfortable but I move slower, my energy is drained and I definitely don’t eat as I should (since eating heavy meals make you sluggish, adding drained energy to the equation doesn’t help). So the result is lack of proper hydration and nutrients. Yes, drinking water is excellent for the body, especially during a heatwave – we all need the hydration but plain water doesn’t keep you comfortable or give you all the vitamins and nutrients you need from food and of course, it does get boring when the water is bland. But all that was changed when I added the following waters to my daily routine. I found three waters that refreshed and kept me cool from the inside out, gave me the necessary vitamins I was lacking and liven up the boring taste of water.

 Metromint Water

Metromint is pure water infused with real mint leaf that refreshes in every sip. Mint’s benefits include reducing stress and anxiety, aids digestion, and freshens your breath. We’ve all had mints and you’re all acquainted with how eating a mint gives you a slight chill – well imagine that chill all over your body. I was literally cool from the inside out. It has no calories, sweeteners or preservatives and is 100 percent all natural. Metromint comes in 7 refreshing flavors – Peppermint, Spearmint, Orangemint, Lemonmint, Chocolatemint, Cherrymint and Goodberrymint. (I am addicted to the Goodberrymint and Chocolatemint). These deliciously cooling beverages are available in 16.9oz. bottles and are a must this summer.

Fruit2O

For those of you who require a delicious flavor to your water, Fruit2O’s crystal clear water has a tasty twist with a little more flavor than plain water.  It is made with natural fruit essence with zero sugar, zero calories, zero carbs, zero artificial flavors, is gluten-free and caffeine-free. With Fruit2O you’ll be enjoying a delicious drink without all the ingredients that make all those sugary drinks bad for you. Fruit2O’s has 10 delightful, natural fruit flavors which includes Cucumber Lemon (new!), Watermelon (new!), Strawberry, Grape, Tropical Fruit, Raspberry, Peach, Orange, Lemon and Cherry. A 6-pack of Fruit2O retails for around $6.99.

ACTIVATE Drinks

ACTIVATE Drinks is a nutrient-enhanced water with a fresh dose of vitamins that keep people healthy during their busy lifestyle. Research shows that several vitamins (vitamins A, B, C and E) lose their potency sitting in water. Pioneers of the twist cap technology, ACTIVATE developed an innovative cap that stores the nutrients/vitamins in its cap that won’t be released until you are ready to drink your water. ACTIVATE has 10 different flavors tailored to different body needs such as, supporting immunity, skin cell support, renewed energy support, rehydration support and overall health. A 16.9oz  bottle of ACTIVATE retails for $1.99. The flavors and their vitamin benefits include:

ACTIVATE Balance (Lulu Pear and Fruit Punch): With Overall Health and Maintenance Support
ACTIVATE Defend (Raspberry Citrus and Orange): With a Healthy Boost of Immunity Support
ACTIVATE Rebound (Passion Fruit and Pink Grapefruit): With Rehydration Support
ACTIVATE Beauty (Exotic Berry): With Overall Health and Skin Cell Support
ACTIVATE Defy (Blueberry Pom): With Support against Free Radicals for Healthier Cells
ACTIVATE Charged (Grape and Lemon Lime): With Renewed Energy Support

Have you tried any of these waters? What did you think?

Vita Coco 100% Coconut Water – Replenishing, Refreshing & Revitalizing

No matter what anyone says, on days like this when the temperature and the humidity are at a ridiculous high, there is absolutely nothing that quenches your thirst and cools you down like a nice cold coconut water. That is why when the temperature started creeping past the 90 degree mark, out came the very refreshing Vita Coco Coconut Water

What makes Vita Coco the standout among other coconut waters? “The coconut water used in Vita Coco comes from green coconuts, not brown coconuts. Young green coconuts are loaded with nutrients, electrolytes and healthful benefits.” Vita Coco is national beverage brand based on a single ingredient: fresh coconut water. Vita Coco is available in a variety of flavors and sizes, and offers the widest selection of flavors and sizes amongst all other coconut water brands.

People from the Caribbean have known the benefits of coconut water for eons, I mean anytime you visit the islands, one of the first things you’re offered is a fresh young coconut filled with refreshing water and if you notice, they’re happier, healthier and hydrated. Why?  Because coconut water offers a long list of benefits:

  •  free of fat, cholesterol, and sugar; low in acidity
  • Contains five essential electrolytes–potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous
  • helps to promote weight loss
  • helps keeps the body cool and at room temperature
  • helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells and boosts circulation
  • helps detoxify your body and boosts your immune system
  • helps relieve stomach ailments

and lets not forget that it tastes incredibly good!!!

I can personally attest to another benefit of coconut water, particularly Vita Coco; as a migraine sufferer, hydration is essential (the majority of my migraine attacks are because I am dehydrated or very hungry/have low sugar). Two small Vita Cocos work wonders for me, I always keep a stash in my fridge for such occasions. This may not work for all but it does for me. It has cut my migraine prescription intake by half.

 As you can tell by the photo above, Vita Coco has introduced several flavor combinations; while I do love the original coconut water, I have discovered and fell in love with the Passion Fruit

 Pineapple

 Tangerine

 and Acai & Pomegrante (I haven’t tried the Peach & Mango yet)

Now, just because Vita Coco has all these wonderful health benefits doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. In fact I had loads of fun over the weekend and actually discovered a new drink. My first was to add a dash or two of Bacardi Classic Cocktails Pina Colada (which is infused with Coconut Water) to my regular Vita Coco Coconut Water

My next fun drink and new discovery was to mix the delightfully smooth Stoli White Pomegranik mixed with Vita Coco Acai and Pomegrante. I must say I didn’t know what to expect but I figured I’d have a winner and I was right – a very smooth drink to the last drop.

So remember, on those 90 plus degree days or any day for that matter, stay away from the gatorades, sodas, plain waters, etc. Reach for a Vita Coco Coconut instead, you’ll be happier, cooler, more refreshed and healthier. Where can you purchase Vita Coco you may be asking? There are over 14,000 retailers such as Amazon.com, Whole Foods, Stop and Shop, airports, etc. (I usually buy mine at Whole foods but sometimes I get a good deal on amazon).

If you’re still not sure about buying Vita Coco (though I don’t know why you wouldn’t be), checkout the list of celebrities who are die hard fans: Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gisele Bündchen (Brazilians know their coconut water), Rihanna (Caribbean people too), Adrien Grenier, Chris Pine, Demi Moore, Anna Paquin, Steven Moyer, etc