Strawberry + Cucumber Water

If you’ve grown tired of the lone lemon or lime added to your water, it’s time to mix up your water routine. Add natural flavor to your water while enjoying the health benefits of strawberries and cucumbers.

The Fruits

Cucumber is a wonderful and nutritious vine plant. It contains vitamins A, C and K, among trace amounts of other vitamins. Cucumber also contains minerals, such as calcium. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, help lower the risk of cancer. The vitamins and minerals in cucumbers help with digestion, healthy weight maintenance and stress. Cucumbers also reduce inflammation, making it ideal for the skin. They also work to help lower blood glucose levels because of their water content. One cucumber with its peel is approximately 45 calories.

Strawberry is considered a powerhouse fruit. Strawberries contain vitamin C, fiber, B vitamin folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phytonutrients. One cup of strawberries is about 50 calories and provides 100% of the daily recommended allowance of Vitamin C. Strawberries may help prevent certain cancers, regulate digestion, prevent heart disease, reduce cholesterol and boost the immune system.

Strawberry + Cucumber Water

All you need is 1/2 or a whole cucumber and a cup of strawberries to make your cucumber water for a pitcher. You can also just make enough for one glass. If you only intend on having one glass, simply add a 1-2 slices of cucumber and a sliced strawberry to your water.

  1. Rinse/Wash the fruit. Scrub outer layer of cucumber.
  2. If desired, peel your cucumber, or leave the skin. Some people prefer to scoop out the cucumber seeds. It’s up to you.
  3. Cut the cap off strawberries and slice them.
  4. Add water to a pitcher and sliced fruit.
  5. Let the water chill in the fridge.

Don’t let the mixture sit too long in the fridge. Overnight is fine. The more cucumbers and strawberries you add, the more flavorful it will be. If you’d like more strawberry flavor, add more strawberries and less cucumber. I think I’ll do that next time.

Be warned, this water is not sweet, but you do get the flavor of the added fruits that are loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Enjoy!

 

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Avocado Hair Mask

Last night was one of those nights. You know the kind where you just feel like pampering your tresses. I finally put my semi-over ripe avocado to good use. Yes, loves. I made an avocado hair mask. My curly hair loved it!

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

Avocado has a high-fat content with a variety of nutrients. Not only is it good to eat, it leaves hair with more elasticity, soft and moisturized.

 Avocado Contains:

  • Vitamin A
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B-3
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Magnesium
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Folate/Folic Acid
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

Avocado Hair Mask

My hair loves coconut oil, so I added it to my avocado mix. You can use an oil of your choice, such as olive oil. If you use olive oil instead, use 1-2 tablespoons.

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Avocado
1-2 Tablespoons of Honey
1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil

Directions:

Slice open and scoop out the avocado into a bowl. Add your honey and coconut oil. Be sure to mix well. I didn’t use a hand mixer, but I got a pretty smooth consistency. Add a drop of essential oil of your choice for some extra ooh-la-la.

After you’ve gotten the desired consistency, put the mask on your hair. Some people dampen their hair first. I added mine to dry hair just fine. Apply liberal amounts of the avocado hair mask all over. I focused heavily on my ends because they were a bit drier than usual. Put on a shower cap and chill, do chores, blog, etc. for 20-40 minutes.

You can use heat to speed up the process. If you use heat, apply it for 10-15 minutes.

After you’ve indulged your hair in this wonderful avocado mask, shampoo, condition and style as desired.

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Avocado Hair Mask

Juice it Up! Strawberry Coconut Cream Soda

Let’s dish out another juice recipe. Enjoy a strawberry coconut cream soda. Yummy!

Juice it Up! Strawberry Coconut Cream Soda

Juice it Up! Simple Apple-Kiwi Juice Recipe

This is another refreshing juice recipe. It’s pretty simple. Apple, kiwi, blender or juicer, and you’re all set. Enjoy!

Juice it Up! Simple Apple-Kiwi Juice

Juice it Up! Piña Colada Smoothie Recipe

Are you a fan of coconuts? Juice it up with a piña colada smoothie! Try the recipe and tell me what you think. Enjoy!

Juice it Up! Piña Colada Smoothie Recipe

 

Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pina-colada-smoothie

Juice it Up! June Bug Juice Recipe

With so many wonderful summer fruits available, it’s time to get to juicing! I hope you enjoy this summer June Bug juice recipe.

Juice it Up! June Bug Drink Recipe

 

 

Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/drinks/june-bug

Breakfast Fruit Crunch Recipe

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Enjoy a tasty breakfast fruit crunch, made with old-fashioned oats, honey, yogurt, almonds, shredded coconut and a variety of fruits. This recipe is straight from the pages of Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again.

Cherry Topped Tilapia

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Doesn’t this recipe look yummy?! Tilapia fillets are great for grilling. This recipe from Martha Stewart calls for a cherry salsa to top the tilapia.

The cherry topped tilapia takes about 35 minutes to make, including prep time. Head on over to Martha Stewart for the full recipe.

Cherry topped tilapia

 

Naturally Fruit & Herb Flavored Water

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Model Me Girls, it is so easy to skip out on drinking plenty of water. During my health coaching days, the number one reason I heard for not drinking water was, “I don’t like how water tastes.” I get it. Our taste buds have been programmed to desire the tastier and sweeter beverages. There is a solution for that: flavored water. I’m not talking about the artificially sweetened ones. How about natural? We can also venture beyond a solo lemon or lime.

DIY Flavored Water

 

The Yummy Life has great flavored water recipes that are infused with fruits and herbs. Expect hints of flavor that won’t overwhelm your senses. It’s both healthy and refreshing.

Get your jars, water, ice cubes, and fruits and herbs ready!

Naturally Flavored Water

 

 

Cake Decorating with Coloring Book Pages

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I was going through my Recipes & Good Eating board on Pinterest. I noticed something—I pin a lot of dessert recipes. Oh, well.

Today’s Foodie Friday is in honor of my baking obsession, which btw…I hardly do. It’s also more of a tutorial than a recipe. Thanks to this tip by Moey’s Heart & Hearth, I am so much closer to being an awesome cake decorator.

Enjoy!