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.




Fitness Motivation from Russia with Love

Who said your vitality has to diminish when you’re older?! You CAN stay healthy and active with daily health maintenance.

I have health coached quite a few people. Over time, I’ve heard practically every excuse a person can give who wants the benefits of good health without putting in the work.

I call it the “Make Me Fine Without Me Putting in Time Syndrome.”

Here are a few tips to help squash this syndrome:

  1. Gym equipment or membership is not needed.
  2. Obsession with calorie counting, weigh-ins, or food labels need not rear its head.
  3. You do not have to run your way to fitness or do ultra-high intensity workouts, unless you WANT to.
  4. A pre-sculpted body is not necessary to begin working out.
  5. If the buddy system is a crutch, you’ll never get anywhere waiting for your friend to start, too. Get motivated for you.

If this darling woman can exercise, what’s your excuse? Get motivated to be healthy. Good health is a gift from God. Squeeze all the little profit you can get out of bodily exercise and use it for doing His will and to enjoy this beautiful experience we call life.

Russian Grandma Fitness

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Do you use your iPhone or other mobile device to research medical info? Do you refer to your device to remember important questions while with your medical practitioner? Interestingly, women account for 80% of users searching for medical information online.

Thanks to The Patient’s Guide® for this great infographic. Check it out!