a new favorite: “baklava tea”

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Unfortunately, as much as I love black coffee, I think my body has somehow become immune to it, and it no longer wakes me up like it used to 😦 So I have been on the lookout for other creative ways to gain a little energy in the mornings. After a bit of research, I have discovered an inexpensive, healthy, and very tasty alternative 🙂 I call it “baklava tea” because the flavors remind of one of my favorite Greek desserts. I’ve been drinking it at least once in the morning and once in the evening, before meals. I’ve noticed I’ve been sleeping way better, and my stomach ailments have improved, too. Can’t beat that! 😀

baklava tea

~ 2 tsp honey

~ 1 tsp cinnamon

~ 1 cup boiling water

~ opt: a little of clove, nutmeg, walnut, etc.

               Put the ingredients into your cup first, then pour boiling water over it. Mix as well as you can, because sometimes that darn cinnamon *just* doesn’t want to mix right!

               For some of the nutrition information on the benefits of this kind of tea, click on the second link above.

               Enjoy, m’dears! 😉

sassy water

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Have you ever heard of sassy water? You should! It’s very good for you, and pretty easy to make. It comes with a lot of benefits, including detoxing, weight-loss, helping with constipation and bloating, and as well as your over-all health. It’s sort of a homemade vitamin water, because it’s just full of the natural vitamins and minerals that seep from the lemons and cucumber and all that healthy stuff.  I love it because it actually tastes good and is a nice, refreshing drink when you want something besides plain ol’ water!

So here’s the recipe…

    Sassy Water

~ cucumber

~ mint leaves (about 12)

~ lemon

~ a wee bit of ginger root (1 tsp, grated)

~ and lots’o water (2 qts)

1) Fill up a large container of water.

2) Cut up the cucumber and lemon into slices.

3) Throw it into the big container full of water, along with the mint leaves and ginger

4) Let sit overnight in the fridge so it can soak into the water.

5) Pour over ice and enjoy! 😀