Cold & Flu Season Busters: Cinnamon Tea Recipe (good for sugar cravings too!)

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Cinnamon Tea Recipe

Cinnamon Tea fights colds, flu and & cravings

Don’t wait until the shiver, shakes and fever stick you in bed for a week.

Be sure to stock your kitchen ‘medicine cabinet’ with these natural wonders:

Ginger root and ginger tea to help eliminate toxins
Raw garlic is anti-viral and has antibacterial properties
Dried shiitake mushrooms in broth, tea or food soothe inflammation
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of immune boosting zinc
Cinnamon to help relieve congestion
Lemon (freshly squeezed) in water or on salads or veggies, or in soup can help fight infection

 

 

Although many people like to simply sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal drinking cinnamon in tea is another  great option, especially in winter. Warming, used for treating diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, flu, arthritis, menstrual cramps, and candidiasis, the smell relieves tension and helps steady the nerves. Cinnamon also balances blood sugar levels! Make your own easy Cinnamon Tea at home to help reduce sugar cravings, warm up, and keep colds and flu at bay.

Cinnamon Tea

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cinnamon stick (1-3 inches)
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 decaf green, black or herbal tea (rooibos or honeybush are favorites)
  • 1-2 drops of Stevia for sweetening (optional)

Preparation:

1. Place the cinnamon stick in a cup.

2. Add the boiling water and steep covered for 10 minutes.

3. Add the teabag. Steep for one to three minutes.

4. Sweeten to taste, if desired.

Energy Drink Recipe: This Isn't Your Kids' Red Bull!

Make your own drink at home for pennies, without the artificial colorings and preservatives!

 

Get Glowing Skin (& Drop Pounds) With This Cool Detox Tea

I like health tips and powerful foods that are easy and delicious – here’s one of my current favorites!

Make an iced tea from one of Yogi Tea’s special Detox line and drink your way to glowing skin and

easy weight loss:

Here’s A Quick Way To Kick Your Caffeine Cravings

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It’s summer and I’m thirsty and hot – a lot. New York City can be pretty sticky, and I need constant refreshment to get through a day. Try my favorite mid-day caffeine-free latte recipe!

 

 

Back in the day I would cool my afternoon energy lulls with an iced latte or frozen coffee drink from that place that rhymes with “Blahr – ducks.” Since detoxifying my body over a decade ago, I find that I don’t like or want as much caffeine, dairy, and sugar as I used to. Actually, I find that I feel even worse if I have them!

 

What’s wrong with a little caffeine you might be asking? Well, if you’re drinking several (or even one, for some people) servings of coffee, tea, cola, or “energy drink” a day, your sleep can be effected no matter how early in the day you drink it.

 

Your morning cup of tea or coffee can also dehydrate your skin making it look older than it is (horrors!), and makes you urinate more, leading to overall dehydration.

 

If you remember your high school chemistry, you might recall that calcium (from your bones) is an alkaline substance.

 

If you’re drinking caffeine (along with sugar and diary, especially) you can change the pH balance of your body to be overly acidic. There are strong links between regular caffeine use and osteoporosis, because of the acidic nature of many caffeinated beverages.

(Are you more than ready to get off caffeine, sugar, and dairy once and for all?

Join my 8 Week Delicious Detox Tele-Course here – we start Tuesday September 13th!)

 

Still, I like to enjoy a yummy cold drink, especially in the afternoons, and here is one of my favorite recipes:

 

1 cup iced Teeccino

½ cup MimiCCreme

Serve over ice

 

Teeccino is an herbal coffee-replacement that offers a roasted aroma, look and taste just like coffee, without the caffeine. Or the caffeine crash a few hours later.

 

MimiCCreme is a line of non-dairy, soy-free, gluten-free nut creams that make any cream recipe totally amazing. I like the unsweetened version for my iced teeccino in the afternoon, but the sweetened versions are great for desserts, baking, smoothies and breakfast recipes.

 

Enjoy your caffeine free latte!

 

Like this recipe and my tips? Want to really make a shift and transform your health?

Sign up for my Delicious Detox: The 8-Week Reboot Tele-Course beginning Tuesday September 13th at 2pm EST!

Learn more and sign up here:

 

How To Detox In 10 Seconds: Win SoCal Cleanse Here!

I found a cool new smoothie addition that offers great protein and nutrition from real, whole foods. SoCal Cleanse has come up with a fantastic protein and detox mixture that you’ll love! And it only takes 10 seconds to add the 4 scoops to your morning smoothie. This tasty product is a great plant-based protein, offers wonderful Omega-3s and is free of allergens like soy and dairy.

Add this hemp-based mixture to your morning breakfast drink and I can guarantee that you’ll be feeling satisfied while your body gets what it needs to cleanse easily and gently.

Congrats to Jeanne H, my hemp detox package winner! If you want to try the SoCalCleanse hemp detox protein mixes, they’re offering my peeps a 25% discount from today, Friday, June 3rd to Monday, June 6th! Use my code: ALEX25 at www.socalcleanse.com

My Natural Soda Challenge Is SO Timely: Diet Soda Risk Study

This week I started my Natural Soda Challenge to discover wether these products are really safe, if they taste good, and to have a little fun. I didn’t realize how timely this project was going to be! As reported on Medscape.com yesterday, “A new study suggests that the popular (diet soda) drinks may increase the risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, and vascular death.”

According to lead investigator Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida “People who had diet soda every day experienced a 61% higher risk of vascular events than those who reported drinking no soda.”

This is just an example of the kind of important information my Red Hot Hearts members will receive when we begin our 8 week tele-course on Tuesday, 2/15. There are 7 spots remaining, so contact me today to get in on the action!

To read the full article, go here:

Now you have even more reason to try Zevia, the stevia sweetened soda I reviewed this week in my Natural Soda Taste Test Series!

Detox Products You'll Love: Yogi Tea (Win Some Here!)

Natural remedies for toxic modern living don’t have to be expensive and hard to integrate.

What could be easier than detox in a tea bag? Tea has been used throughout human history by every culture and civilization to deliver powerful herbal benefits to the sick and stressed. Tea is easy to make and easy to consume even when you don’t have an appetite or much energy.

One of my favorite brands for this type of medicine-in-a-cup is Yogi Tea’s Detox line.

Yogi has created three different formulations of herbs, roots, and spices into delicious teas.

“Detox” is useful for liver and kidney support. These two organs are very important for cleansing the body of toxins.

“Skin Detox” helps to purify the skin and includes Stevia Leaf, a natural, non-caloric sweet leaf.

“Peach Detox” is formulated to promote healthy kidney function and includes wonderful Indian spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and clove for a very chai-like flavor and aroma.

I have been stocking my “kitchen pharmacy” with Yogi Teas for years now (and not just because it comes from my beloved Oregon), and was thrilled when Yogi decided to sponsor my Detox Box for my current September Reboot Detox Group.

Since I have a couple of boxes left, I decided to hold a contest!

So here’s how you can win some Yogi Tea from me:

* Leave a comment on my blog here answering these questions: What would you most like to know about detoxification and wellness for 2011? What’s your favorite part about my website (I’m planning some big changes soon, and want your input!)

Enter your comment by Friday 9/17 at 3pm, and you could win!

Be well, Alexandra



Herbal Iced-Tea-nis Help Squash Summer Sugar Cravings

Sugar is the one craving women have a hard time overcoming. We crave it because we’re human, we’re tired, overworked, and stressed. Sugar is the only taste preference humans are born with, so know that you’re not alone when chocolate and ice cream call your name late at night!

I’ve discovered a great way to indulge my sugar lovin’ taste buds this summer, that adds only a few calories, lots of taste, and refreshing hydration.

It’s the Watermelon Iced-Tea-ni! With high levels of betacarotene and lycopene, watermelon offers nutritional support for healing as well as a light, sweet flavor. 

Here’s my recipe:

1. Make 4 -6 cups boiling water and add a few herbal tea bags (peppermint, chamomile, lemon verbina, whatever floats your boat)

2. Place the brewing tea in a window or somewhere it can cool for a while, then place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.

3. While the tea is steeping and chilling, cut 2 cups of watermelon cubes, about 2 inches square. Place these cubes on a plate or in a bowl, then freeze.

4. Serve the chilled iced tea with chunks of watermelon “ice cubes” and enjoy!

Happy summer!

Alexandra

Gentle Detox Drink – Takes Minutes, Costs Pennies (and toxin free!)

Those store-bought containers of “fiber products” might help with constipation, but they often hide synthetic chemicals which are unnecessary and toxic.

I make this simple, inexpensive drink at home on a regular basis. It takes minutes, and costs pennies!

1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seeds (grind in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder)

6 ounces water

2 ounces apple or pineapple juice

Simply mix all together with a whisk or in a blender and drink quickly. Because the fiber expands in your intestines, it acts as an internal brush, cleaning out any stuck matter.