Antioxidant Shooters

 

Antioxidant Shooters

If this recipe for Antioxidant Shooters has caught your eye, I have a feeling you are aware that pomegranate juice, strawberries and blueberries are filled with antioxidants. With the addition of beets, this recipe is SUPER high in antioxidants. If you don’t have time to cook beets, you can often find them on the salad bar at a high end or gourmet grocery store. What is interesting about beets is not the fact that they are rich in antioxidants, but the unusual mix of antioxidants that they contain. Beets have unique antioxidants since they get their red color primarily from betalain antioxidant pigments (and not primarily from anthocyanins). This combined with being a very good source of the antioxidant manganese and vitamin C, provides antioxidant support in a different way than other antioxidant-rich vegetables.

Have you heard the term but wonder why antioxidants are important? Antioxidants offer a number of health benefits and can help possibly prevent diseases, ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Also, more and more information suggests that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many of these same diseases, and these ingredients are ALSO high anti-inflammatory foods. These Antioxidant Shooters are so good, so healthy and easy to make for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up of liquid health.

Watermelon Grapefruit Slushie Recipe

watermelon grapefruit slush

It has been so warm here the past few weeks where 97 degrees is the new norm. I made this chilling, refreshing Watermelon Grapefruit Slushie which was a home run. My kids were skeptical about me adding the grapefruit, but they ended up loving it and asking me to make more. This recipe is healthy, detoxing, and refreshing. It is perfect to make after a tough workout or as a lunchtime or dinnertime dessert. With 98 calories per serving, this recipe is high in B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium and Manganese, so sip and enjoy!

 

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Cherry Margaritas

Cherry Margaritas

Northwest fresh sweet cherries are coming into season, and it’s a sure sign that summer’s here. Find a handy spot to place the blender and make these Cherry Margaritas. Start with a mix of Northwest fresh sweet cherries, a little tequila and a hit of citrus, all whirled in the blender, and you will enjoy the perfect summer frozen cocktail creation. Cherries are so healthy for you! For a list of 10 health benefits see my post here.

Three Generations of Women at Milo’s Celebrate Mother’s Day

3 Generations of Women at Milo's

I grew up drinking Milo’s Tea. It was a weekly staple in our refrigerator. My father, an anesthesiologist, always told my family that Milo’s Tea was good for you: all natural, no preservatives and made with pure cane sugar. There’s so much more to Milo’s than meets the eye, especially as we celebrate Mother’s day! Their story is amazing and celebrates the success and passion of three generations of women.

Milo's Tea #tea

Milo’s was founded in 1946 by Milo and Bea Carlton when they opened Milo’s Hamburgers in North Birmingham, Alabama. In the late 1980’s Bea’s daughter-in-law, Sheila, had the idea to sell Milo’s Tea to grocery stores because customers were coming to Milo’s just to purchase the sweet tea. Milo’s philosophy is simple – use high quality, fresh, natural ingredients, listen to your customers and never sacrifice taste.

Milo and Bea’s son, Ronnie, his wife Sheila, and their two teenaged daughters, Tricia and Leslie, brewed, packaged and loaded their tea onto delivery trucks. After college, Tricia and Leslie came back to work at the family company: Tricia as the VP and Leading Counsel, and Leslie as the Treasurer. Tricia was elected by the family to become CEO and has expanded the business into 38 states. Today, Bea (92 years old) still attends the company cookouts and Christmas parties, and each of these three women (Sheila, Leslie and Tricia) are still actively involved in the business today.

Tricia and Leslie hope their daughters are involved with the company in the future which would be the 4th generation of Bea and Milo Carlton’s family. “In the South, when you have a memory of drinking sweet tea, you always think of your grandmother. My greatest memory as a child was playing in the backyard at my grandmother’s house drinking Milo’s famous sweet tea,” says Tricia.

Today, Milo’s Tea Company still fresh brews their all-natural teas with simple ingredients just like “Mamma Bea used to make. Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea, No Calorie Tea with Splenda and Unsweet Tea have recently expanded into seventeen Walmart Distribution Centers. And their NEWEST drinks: Milo’s Lemonade, Milo’s Tea & Lemonade and Milo’s Decaf Sweet Tea have rolled out into four Walmart Distribution Centers.

Milo's new products

“We sell a gallon of tea in Walmart about every two seconds,” says Tricia. Milo’s Tea Company is a part of the Walmart Women Empowerment initiative. Milo’s has just introduced three new products to meet the growing demand of consumers for more Milo’s beverages.

Happy Mother's Day #milos

Kale Ginger Juice

Start the new year off right with this Kale Ginger Juice. I have been trying to keep my kids healthy so to keep their immune systems in tact, I am sharing this recipe for Kale Ginger Juice which is loaded with super foods to help ward off the flu and seasonal colds. Raw kale is one of the best sources of vitamin C, important for protection against immune system deficiency. Each 100 gram serving of raw kale includes about 120 mg of vitamin C, well over the recommended dietary amounts for men (90 mg) and women (75 mg). It is also filled with tons of health benefits as you can read from my post on MindBodyGreen. Ginger also has various health benefits such as boosting bone health, strengthening the immune system, preventing various types of cancer, aiding in digestion and more. This juice is a nutritional powerhouse, and yes, my kids really do drink it! 🙂  Thanks to Omega juicers for making this recipe great!

Spinach Pineapple Smoothie

I love green smoothies! Last week after I worked out at Lifetime Fitness, I noticed that the drink of the day was a “Spinach Pineapple Smoothie”. Their version had pineapple, pineapple juice, spinach and ice. I tweeted about it, and so many people responded that it sounded so good. I went straight home to create my own version of Spinach Pineapple Smoothie to share with you so you would have measurements. This smoothie tasted great, and even my kids loved it. Try it with kale too. It’s fabulous!

Lemon Water with Chia Seeds

Have you tried Chia seeds? This superfood is gaining popularity as a top “Superfood”. At One&Only Palmilla in Mexico, I tried chia fresco which is made by soaking chia seeds in fruit juice or water. I knew this was a fabulous idea because it’s SO healthy! If you’re not familiar with the health benefits of Chia seeds? Read on:

Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons). They contain protein and minerals including as iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. New research suggests that including chia seeds in your diet may help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. It’s said that the amounts of omega 3’s can also work reduce symptoms of depression and increase brain function. You can also eat chia seeds raw or sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, rice, yogurt or vegetables. Enough said?

Also, if you haven’t been to or heard of  One&Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, put it on your bucket list ASAP!

Kale Cherry and Berry Juice

Who is excited about Fourth of July tomorrow? It’s supposed to rain here, and I don’t have any big plans. I have been focusing on being extra healthy this week, so I just created this summer detox juice: Kale Cherry and Berry Juice. It’s super easy, and it tastes wonderful! Feel free to substitute other fruits that you may have in your refrigerator such as fresh pineapple, mint and any produce that you love. Try it after a morning workout or an afternoon snack. Even my kids loved it, so I figure I had a winner! Have a super holiday!!

Non Alcoholic Margarita and 5 other Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco De Mayo is around the corner, so it’s almost margarita time. I know, I know. Mine is Non Alcoholic. But…this Non Alcoholic version is perfect for kids and family fun! It also can help you save on the calories too. Enjoy for Cinco De Mayo or anytime during the spring and summer. My 3 kiddos loved it!! Here are 5 other Cinco De Mayos I have my eye on. Happy Wednesday!

Mexican Lasagna via I Heart Naptime

Margarita Cupcakes via Brown Eyed Baker

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce via Gimme Some Oven

Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Cream via Cooking Light

Raspberry White Cherry Yogurt Pops from Verses in My Kitchen

Pumpkin-Protein Smoothie: Kid-Friendly

How many smoothies do y’all make a week? I can’t even begin to count over at my house. My kids are always trying new creations, and I am trying to keep up with their creativity. This Pumpkin-Protein Smoothie was a recent favorite. I had some leftover pumpkin, and I thought why not try it with peanut butter? It sounds a little weird at first, but it works. Happy Halloween! Here’s to a great fall 2012!