An easy 3-ingredient recipe for sweet and refreshing lemonade. Made healthier with absolutely no sugar, it’s perfect for cooling off on hot summer days!
Add all of the ingredients to a pitcher or large bowl, and stir until the stevia has completely dissolved. Serve immediately over ice, or cover and chill until ready to serve.
Feel free to add fresh fruit to the drink. Before adding the ingredients, simply, muddle the fruit of your choice on the bottom of the pitcher or bowl. We like strawberries or peaches!
Quitting sugar can be hard but after a couple of days you will starts to feel and see the benefits. Here are 5 amazing things that will happen when you rid your diet of sugar:
1. You will Look and Feel Younger
Eating sugar has been shown to directly correlate to how old someone looks. A 2011 study showed that those with higher blood sugar levels consistently looked older than their counterparts.
Sugar also is known to attach to collagen in the skin, causing inflammation and a dull appearance that can make you look older than you are. Cutting sugar out of your diet will do more than raise your energy levels and improve your appearance.
2. Boost your mood
Studies show that reducing your sugar intake also reduces your risk of mental health disorders, such as depression and schizophrenia.
3. Better Sleep
High blood sugar levels confuse the body and makes it nearly impossible to get a decent night’s sleep, making sugar the second leading cause of insomnia. By keeping your blood sugar levels stable with quality food, your body will re-adjust its natural rhythm, allowing you to get a solid night’s sleep.
4. Stronger Immune System
Your immune system is your body’s defense against the onslaught of germs that you encounter on a daily basis. Sugar is a leading contributor to chronic inflammation, and an inflamed body is not able to adequately protect you from everyday illness.
5. Better Skin
The condition of your skin is directly related to the type of food you eat. When you stop eating sugar your skin will start to rejuvenate, acne will disappear, and you will feel younger and more confident without the use of makeup and magic potions!
Sunburns are the result of overexposure to UVB rays from the sun. They cause the skin to redden and blister, damaging the outer protective layers of the skin. Just one bad sunburn can lead to long-lasting damage to the skin and increase the risk for skin cancer. Here are some easy ways you can protect yourself this summer:
Limit exposure between 12-4pm
During this time, the sun is the hottest meaning UVB rays are their strongest. It is recommended to limit your exposure during this time. Try to stay indoors and if you must be outside be sure to apply sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as possible.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that taking omega-3 fish oils can help protect against sun damage and bolster immunity against the sun. You can find omega-3 in pill form but if you are looking for something natural, olive oil and salmon naturally contain it.
Wear the right clothing
The easiest way to prevent getting a sunburn is to wear long sleeve tops and long pants as well as a large wide brimmed hat to protect you from the damaging rays of the sun. Don’t take a cloudy day for granted, you can even get a sunburn through the clouds.
Protect Your Eyes And Head
Don’t be fooled, hair will protect your head only so much. The scalp can get burnt pretty fast without us realizing it. Defend your head with a protective hat that covers the shoulders from sun exposure. The sun can negatively impact the eyes because of how thin and fragile our eyelid skin is. Investing in a good pair of sunglasses that block those harmful UV rays is always a good idea.
Ditch the ketchup and try these easy, flavorful sauces at your next BBQ!
Basic BBQ Sauce
Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. This sauce tastes better if you allow it to sit refrigerated for a few hours so the flavors can blend. Taste and adjust the seasonings as you like. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Creamy and Zesty Sauce
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Taste to see if more seasoning is needed.
Killer Burger Sauce
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, bbq, ketchup, and mustard.
Stir in the relish, Worcestershire, and seasonings.
With just 3 simple ingredients, you can easily make your own apple sauce that is healthier and more delicious than the store bought brands!
- 6 cups cored and sliced or diced apples
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup Xylitol
1. Combine apple, water and Xylitol in covered saucepan.
2. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes, or until apples are tender and water is evaporated.
3. Put apples through a food mill or puree in a blender or food processor.
4. Store in refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for longer storage.
When it’s warm outside the grill is the way to go and the fun does not have to stop with the main course. End your barbeque with one of these sweet and sugar-free desserts.
Mango - Ginger Popsicles
Grilled Peaches with Honey-Balsamic Glaze
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Health Garden Honey Sweetener
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 large peaches, halved and pitted
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 2/3 cup coconut milk whipped cream
- 6 gingersnaps, coarsely crushed
1. In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, gently, for 10 to 13 minutes or until reduced to about 1/4 cup. Remove from the heat. Add honey and cinnamon; stir until honey is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
2. Brush peach halves lightly with oil. For a charcoal or gas grill, Place peach halves cut-side-down on grill rack directly over medium-high heat. Grill, covered, for 3 to 4 minutes or until just heated through and grill marks begin to form.
3. Place a peach half on each of six dessert plates. Drizzle each with 1 to 2 teaspoons balsamic syrup. Spoon dessert topping evenly over peaches and sprinkle with crushed gingersnaps. Cover any remaining balsamic syrup and use within 2 weeks.
For the coconut milk whipped cream
Mexican Chocolate Pudding
Exercising as a family not only improves fitness but helps cultivate a culture of wellness and develop exercise habits at a young age.
Protect the Egg
Besides the classics like kickball, wiffle ball and frisbee there are plenty of fun and inventive games to play. One of our favorites is Protect The Eggs. One person is the protector and the others are the robbers. The protector has a pile of rocks or balls that they are in charge of protecting. The robbers then try and take the rocks. The protector tries to tag the robbers, once a robber is tagged they then become the protector.
A dance party is a great way to get heart rates up. So put on some tunes and rock out.
Flashlight Hide and Seek
This great to play after the sun goes down and is perfect for neighborhood parties or birthdays. The person who is “it” gets a flashlight while everyone else runs and hides. When “it” finds someone they flash the light on them and then that person is now “it”.
Write down 10-20 different exercises on small pieces of paper and then put them inside Easter eggs. If you don’t have Easter eggs you can just place them in plastic cups. Hide each exercise around your house or yard. Then have the kids find them, when an exercise is found, everyone has to do it.
Keep it Up
Using balloons or a beach ball, try to keep the ball from touching the ground. This game is fine will encouraging kids to run, jump and stretch
Using items in your house like furniture, pillows, sturdy tables and big boxes, create an obstacle course. To make it more challenging, especially for older kids, give them a set time to complete it and see who can complete it the fastest!
People have been warned about the ill effects of sugar for decades. The FDA recommends that people should consume no more than 4 tablespoons of sugar per day yet the average American consumes up to 7-8 tablespoons. All the sugary foods that are being consumed mostly in lew of high fat foods have been proven to lead to an array of health issues. Below we discuss some of the most common consequences from eating sugar based on the latest research.
Leptin is a hormone that tells your body when it is is full, over consumption of sugar such as high fructose corn syrup can lead to Leptin resistance. This can cause major issues when it comes to weight control.
When eating high sugar meals, it can increase the demand for your body to produce more insulin. But if insulin levels stay high, your body will become less sensitive to it, leaving more glucose in the body. This can lead to an array of health issues such as fatigue, high blood pressure, weight gain and eventually diabetes.
Sugar may add calories to your diet but the are empty calories meaning they have no nutritional value. By replacing needed nutrients with sugar supplements such as replacing milk and juice with soft drinks in children can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, brittle bones and high rates of obesity.
Heart disease is the number one killer for Americans. Eating too much sugar can increase your risk for this horrible disease along with lack of exercise and smoking.