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Boost Your Health 21 Day Lemon Water Challenge

Boost Your Health Lemon Water Challenge

Are you ready to boost your health and feel great all day long?

Join me in a 21 Day Lemon Water Challenge.

It might seem like drinking lemon water is trendy, but it’s not.

The practice of drinking lemon water is 5,000 years old. It’s been part of the Ayurvedic tradition (yoga’s sister science) for centuries.

What’s the magic of lemon water? Read the  7 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemon Water for full details, but essentially, it detoxes your digestive tract. Key nutrients from the lemon juice also help skin look younger while boosting your immunity.

The only way to truly test the benefits of drinking lemon water is to actually try it and see the results for yourself.

21 Day Lemon Water Challenge

For 21 days, upon rising, mix the juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lemon with a cup of warm water, drop the squeezed lemon in, and drink.

The recommended amount is the full 1/2 lemon. But if that is too expensive, start with a 1/4.

Do this before you brush your teeth, before you sip your coffee, and before you eat.

Optional: add a pinch of sea salt and/or a 1/2 teaspoon of honey

This drink is meant to flush the kidneys and stimulate your digestive system so it is ready to metabolize breakfast. This is why you are meant to drink it immediately upon rising. You are setting your body up for success.

The Purpose of the Challenge:

I’m a die hard coffee drinker. The alarm goes off and my first thought is of dragging my tired booty over to the coffee pot. Reaching for a lemon will require a change in a 23 year coffee habit. Perhaps you are worried about lemon water before coffee too?

Whatever your morning habit is, our goal is to make a glass of warm lemon water our new normal.

That’s the purpose of the challenge.

Let’s hold each other accountable. In the name of health.

Start by commenting on this post that you are up to the 21 Day Lemon Water Challenge. 

Then grab your bag of lemons (preferably organic since the lemon will be dropped into the water) and get started! No need to wait for a Monday. Just start!

Next, use the hashtag #GBGGetHealthy on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook posts.

On the last day of the month, I will randomly pick someone who has used the hashtag to win a bottle of lemon essential oil.

Here’s to a healthy future for us all. *CHEERS* and lemon water bottoms up!

7 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemon Water

7 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemon Water

It might seem trendy, but the practice of drinking lemon water has been around a long, long time.

Why?

Because adding a glass of lemon water to your morning routine has some amazing health benefits.

1. Good Source  of Vitamin C Drinking lemon water provides your body with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Juicing just one half a lemon into your water in the morning gives you 1/6 of your daily vitamin C need.

2. Boosts Immunity Vitamin C is known for it’s ability to support the immune system. Since your body can’t store vitamin C, you need to provide your body with a healthy source of vitamin C every day. By drinking lemon water daily, you give your body a consistent source of immunity boosting vitamin C.

3. Aids in Digestion  The acid from lemons helps to break down your food during digestion so you get the maximum nutrients from what you eat. In addition, lemon juice actually prevents tiny particles of undigested food from entering your bloodstream. If these particles were to get into the bloodstream, your liver would have to work overtime to remove them.

4. Flushes out Toxins Some studies suggest the acid from lemons signals your liver into producing more bile. Bile works to move things through your digestive system, flushing out toxins.

5. Promotes Younger Skin The antioxidants you get from lemon water helps fight free radicals. This results in better skin. Plus, vitamin C helps produce collagen which can lead to fewer wrinkles.

6. Helps Shed Pounds Lemon water reduces water retention. So in the short term, you will see the results from less water weight. If you are looking for a natural way to fight monthly bloat, look no further than a glass of lemon water. Real weight loss can occur when you drink enough lemon water to keep hydrated. When you are dehydrated, your body often signals you to eat, which can result in unnecessary calories.

7. Boosts Energy The acid in lemon water helps your digestive system get more nutrients out of the foods your consume. This helps keep your insulin at a steady level, meaning you won’t crash and burn, but instead you’ll have a steady energy supply.

Are you ready to see the results of drinking lemon water for yourself? Join me in the 21 Day Lemon Water Challenge.

Easy Apple Cider Pie Recipe

Easy Apple Cider Pie Recipe

On a chilly autumn day, nothing makes me happier than the smell of an apple pie baking. 

It makes me want to light a fire and gather friends and family around the table.

This easy apple cider pie combines all the goodness of the season: apple cider, crisp apples and cinnamon-y apple pie spice.

Then, in another tribute to fall, it’s sweetened with maple syrup.

If pie baking isn’t something you do on a regular basis, this easy recipe results in a 5 star dessert that will make you feel like a pie master.

The key to a good pie is a good crust. My go-to crust is a homemade whole wheat pie crust. Flaky and delicious, I promise no one will suspect it is whole wheat.

Homemade Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Next, you want to peel your apples. I always buy granny smith apples for my pies. They stand up great to cooking and the slightly sour taste is the perfect foil to the maple syrup.

Peeling apples for homemade apple cider pie

The apples cook in a mixture of apple cider and maple syrup and this is where magic happens. It’s what sets this pie apart from an ordinary apple pie.

Apples cooking for homemade apple cider pie

Please read the directions carefully because you’ll need to drain the apples but save all the syrupy goodness.

After the apples have cooked down, you assemble the pie and bake.

The smells wafting from your oven will make the next 45 minutes agonizing while you wait for your pie to come out of the oven.

I’d advise you to have the vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream ready!

For years I have had requests to share this recipe, so here it finally is:

Homemade Apple Cider Pie Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Roll out 1/2 pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thickness. Place in a 9 inch pie plate and set aside.
  2. Combine cider and syrup in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Add apples and cook uncovered for 8 minutes.
  4. Drain the apples but reserve the syrup. You need 1 1/3 cups of liquid. You can add water if you don't have the complete 1 1/3 cups.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water. Pour your reserved liquid back into the saucepan and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Add the apples and apple pie spice to the saucepan. Continue to cook stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  7. Spoon mixture into pie shell.
  8. Roll out remaining pie dough and transfer to top of pie. Cut slits in top of crust.
  9. Bake at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/easy-apple-cider-pie-recipe/

I hope your family enjoys this homemade easy apple cider pie as much as ours does.

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

Follow this recipe for how to make homemade mango salsa, and you can’t go wrong. Pretty much, if you can chop, you can make this recipe!

This recipe is excellent on it’s own. However, if you have any of the following at home, don’t be shy about adding:

1 diced peach
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 diced avocado (or 2 if you have ’em!)
1 diced red pepper

Or perhaps you are the type that wants to add them all? I say go for it!

Now I know that every family has a least one cilantro hater. (Is that you?)

If you want, you can leave out the cilantro and replace it with flat leafed parsley.

Mango Salsa Recipe

I love to serve this salsa with chips. But it’s also tasty on grilled chicken or broiled tilapia. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 mangos
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 sprigs cilantro, stem removed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and viens removed
  • 1 lime
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove seeds from the tomato and finely chop.
  2. Finely chop mangos, onion and jalapeno.
  3. In a small bowl, gently stir together tomatoes, mangos, onion and jalapeno.
  4. Chop cilantro, toss into the salsa, and stir.
  5. Squeeze juice from the lime over the mixture. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Enjoy!
http://naturalgreenmom.com/how-to-make-homemade-mango-salsa/

How will you be serving your homemade mango salsa?