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Your new favorite fall drink–loaded with healing properties.

I love this Cinnamon Tonic that Tiffany turned me on to a few years ago! It’s worth a repost. xoxo

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It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cool, you may have even lit your first fire. So on your next visit to the grocery store pick up these simple ingredients. Among countless other benefits, ginger root is a powerful antioxidant and helps diminish bloating. In a recent 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%. (check out the study if you are interested) The orange gives a small dose of Vitamin C and it adds the perfect amount of sweetness—for serious Vitamin C boost add 1/2 teaspoon of one of BEC’s fav superfood Camu Camu—and last…… the cinnamon adds insane flavor and has all sorts of healing properties, anti-inflammatory being at the top of my list. For some reason cinnamon helps my clients diminish their sweet cravings. Yes you read that correct. It helps take away sugar cravings. I promise it’s worth a try.

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BEC Cinnamon Tonic
 
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Ingredients
  • One slice orange (more if desired)
  • One ⅛-1/4 inch Fresh Ginger (or a sprinkle of ground ginger)
  • One Cinnamon Stick (or two sprinkles of ground cinnamon)
  • 1½ cups Hot water
Instructions
  1. Boil the water with your cinnamon stick and piece of ginger in it.
  2. Boil for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pour in a cup, add your slice of orange.
  4. For a slightly sweeter tonic add a few extra slices of orange while boiling.

—Enjoy morning, noon, afternoon, night……or all day long….XOXO—

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To JUICE or to BLEND (smoothies). That is the question.

Juice or smoothie or both?

Clients ask me all the time. Should I juice my fruits and veggies or blend them? What’s the difference? Which is better for you? Well, it is personal. I LOVE smoothies almost all the time. My business partner Mary, is a juice freak.  Rachel…. is a big fan of both.  So it basically comes down to what works for you and makes YOU feel the best. Smoothies make me feel the best and here is why.

FIVE REASONS WHY I RECOMMEND SMOOTHIES TO MY CLIENTS. 

1-SATISFYING. They keep me full for hours. <<not too mention make me super happy.>>

2-TASTE. They taste so good I almost can’t take it, AND it is a meal replacement if you add a nut butter or other protein.

3-QUICK AND EASY. They take me one minute to make. ( I freeze most of my ingredients so I never run out…..even my spinach and kale.)

4-ENERGY AND FOCUS. I get crazy good energy and focus from them. My favorite is the Game Changer. It will change your life.

5-NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE. They are loaded with nutrition if you make them correct. No added sugar…..ever. Always something green—at least two cups.

FIVE REASONS WHY I RECOMMEND JUICING TO MY CLIENTS.  (just because I don’t juice often, I still think it can have amazing health benefits)

1-SIX POUNDS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES. There is approximately SIX POUNDS of fruits and veggies in 16 ounces of fresh juice! Try my son’s favorite juice!! 

2-TASTE. It tastes insanely delish with the right combinations. Check out my fav recipe! 

3-ABSORBTION OF NUTRIENTS.  Since there is little to no fiber when you juice your digestive system doesn’t have to work nearly as hard.

4-ENERGY BUZZ. Juice can give you an amazing energy! Great replacement for sweet tea, soda, vitamin water, regular juice, etc.

5- CONVENIENCE. You can buy cold pressed juices in the supermarket now. Suja is a cold pressed juice that is affordable and sold at Target, Kroger, and Fresh Market. LUMI is a local company out of Charlottesville that is sold locally too.

FIVE REASONS WHY “I” DON’T JUICE A LOT. 

1- LAZINESS. My juicer takes up a lot of counter space and therefore, I store it in another room.

2-HARDER TO CLEAN THAN BLENDER. Cleaning the juicer is way harder and more time-consuming than cleaning the blender which is put in the dishwasher.

3- YOU CAN’T JUICE FROZEN PRODUCE! I don’t always have enough fresh fruits and veggies on hand. (can’t really use the frozen stuff in a juicer, BUT you can in the blender)

4-DIGESTIVE ISSUES. Personally, juice sometimes bothers my stomach. I get bloated often when I drink fresh  juice. This is not common so don’t let it influence you. It’s just my crazy stomach.

5-DOESN’T  KEEP ME FULL FOR LONG. Juice doesn’t really keep me full like a smoothie. No fiber. (well, a touch of fiber)

BE MINDFUL:When you remove the fiber from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly. If you are only juicing fruits, this would cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and unstable blood sugar  levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more! SOOOO, make sure you add lots of veggies!

So there you have it. In my opinion, the answer is to juice AND blend. Just because I am obsessed with smoothies doesn’t mean you have to be. Do what works for you. And honestly, if I didn’t get so bloated from juice, I would have it a lot more often because it tastes soooo good and I like the idea of having both juicing and blending in my life. Juicing alone can be great too.  Just be sure to add lots of greens so the sugar load isn’t so high.

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Cheers, whether you are juicing or blending…..

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A juice even your kids will like. And it’s purple!

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What’s in here? Three scrubbed beets. One Fuji apple. 1/2 peeled lemon, and 1/2 inch peeled fresh ginger. Easy as can be. If your kids want it a little sweeter, you can add another apple or even some pineapple. If they like tart, add some extra lemon. If they love all that sour candy stuff—YUCK–…drop in some extra ginger for a ZING! And if you are curious, ginger has insane health benefits too. It aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, and can boost metabolism. We love beets because all of its high antioxidant properties which are cell protectors and it is high in iron too. :))

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BEC loves this juicing book. The recipes are simple and the book is informative. Todays recipe is Roots 3 on page 54.

One more thing about your juice. Don’t be afraid to add some ice cubes. I love my juice super cold so I add a bunch of cubes, pour it in a beautiful wine glass….and OH MY GOSH!

XOXOXO,

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How to Make Iced Tea…

in your coffee maker

 

 

I know I know, we are performing brain surgery over here in the BEC kitchen, right?  Iced Tea?  Really?

Stay with me.

I haven’t had coffee since May and I’m so happy about it.  Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with coffee but I am the type that preferred a splash of coffee in my coconut milk and coconut sugar.  I knew I could do without it and I have!  I feel less jittery and can enjoy sugar in other parts of my day now.

But… I didn’t throw out my coffee maker right away and thank goodness for that.  I have been using it lately to make the best iced tea! Dare I call it a recipe but below is the dealio.

Iced Tea in the Coffee Pot
 
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  • 12 cup coffee pot
  • 8 bags of various organic teas
  • 12 cups of water
  • 6 quart pitcher
  • (none of these numbers are set in stone, just a way to guide you)
Instructions
  1. Place the 8 teabags where you would normally place your coffee. Run water through and start like normal. When the tea has completed it's cycle in the coffee maker, take the bags out and place in the hot water in the pot with the tags hanging out over the edge. Let steep for about an hour or until it cools.
  2. Once cooled, squeeze bags into new pitcher to get out all remaining tea goodness. Pour tea from pot to pitcher then fill the rest of the way with water. If you like it stronger use more bags and less water and vice versa.

 

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This isn’t a great picture but I wanted you to see how I dangle the tags outside the maker then when it’s done, I put the bags in the pot to steep for an hour, letting the tags hang out of the pot at that point.

What I like best about drinking this tea is I get the chance to give myself some awesome antioxidants, aid my digestion, detox my body, and stimulate my liver! Say what?  These are the bags I choose from on a regular basis.

1. Traditional Medicinals Organic Smooth Move

2. Traditional Medicinals Organic Roasted Dandelion Root

3. Yogi Detox

4. Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant

5. Traditional Medicinals Raspberry Leaf

I make a batch a week.  Simply pour over ice, add a squeeze of lemon and a mint sprig if you’re feeling frisky and boom…free radicals be gone!

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