Friday, November 11, 2016

Sugar-Free Lemonade!

The temperatures are going to be dropping all day here in Cleveland, so this is an odd post, but I'm sharing anyway!

Wait, I can tie this drink into health for cooler days, and healthier ways! Citrus fruits have been found to decrease blood pressure, reduce stroke risk, and increase overall blood flow, including to the brain!

This is why you may have heard about consuming citrus for an energy burst of concentration and focus!

Also, increased blood flow means better body warming in the cold. In fact, when women whose fingers and toes are especially sensitive to the cold, consumed OJ, their bodies responded 50% better to cold, as well as significantly improved post-cold rewarming responses.

APPLICATION: have some Healthy Lemonade before going out for a long winters run or before building a snowman! You'll stay warmer outside, and warm back up faster when you go back inside.

We've been eating so many Lemon Bar flavored Laraballs, which require the zest of a lemon, leaving a fresh lemon waiting for use.

Lemon Bar Larabars

Lemon Bar Larabars

Hence, Sugar-Free Lemonade!

1 lemon, thinly sliced, first remove just the yellow part of the lemon peel (use yellow slivers of peel to make above snack recipe!)
1 large, ripe banana
1 c ice water, fill measuring cup with ice, then water
1-2 Tbsp pomegranate arils (optional)

Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy! I use my Blendtec and it's done in a jiffy (similar to Vitamix). For a regular blender, it'll take a bit longer. Add pomegranate to make pink lemonade!

So refreshing after a great workout!

Sugar and artificial sweetener free Lemonade

My baby boy's has plans as president:

"If I were president, my meetings would be good food meetings, and I would teech people to eat [healthy]."

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