Do you drink your nutrition?
This is the best time of year to add nourishing liquids into your diet. It’s HOT and people are thirsty. Might as well pack a punch with the liquids you drink.
I’m 7 months pregnant and trying to fit all my calories into my squished stomach doesn’t always work. Eating often feels like a full time job.
I’ve discovered a great way to get more nutrition and minerals into my body. I simply replace plain drinking water with nourishing liquids.
Water is important and necessary but it fills me up fast since I don’t have a lot of room left in my pregnant body.
Drink liquids that pack a punch!
Enzymes make life possible. We can’t function without them. My favorite enzyme liquids are –
- Raw milk (raw milk has 60 enzymes)
- Lemon and lime water
- Homemade veggie juice (with celery as the base, about 50% of the juice)
You can make juicing easy and fun by not overwhelming yourself. I used to buy so many veggies to make big batches of juice. The process took a long time and I had a big mess to clean up.
Now I juice 1 bunch of celery, 1 peeled cucumber (peel because most cucumbers are waxed), 2 carrots, 1/2 beet, parsley, and 1 organic lemon with peel on. It takes me 15 minutes with clean up included!
I also love replacing water with herbal teas.
I fill a big glass with ice to the top and pour concentrated herbal teas over the top. This keeps it nice and cold and waters it down a bit.
In the mornings I start a 1/2 gallon size of sun tea. I leave this to brew over night, strain in the morning and then refrigerate. It keeps for 3 weeks in the fridge, but never last that long in my house!
These are my favorite 4 herbal teas. I make them in 4 separate glass jars and I add a lot of loose leaf tea to make a concentrate. I add about 1/4 cup of loose leaf tea to a 1/2 gallon jar.
Nettle Leaf – Rich in iron, calcium, vitamin A, C, K, potassium, anti-inflammatory, good for allergies, good for dry skin, stimulates hair growth, and promotes lactation.
Hibiscus Flower – 92 minerals, antioxidants, vitamin A, C, and zinc, helps reduce high blood pressure, great for immune system, improves skin, and digestion.
Raspberry Leaf – Rich in iron, vitamin, A, B, C, E, helps tone the uterus, ease labor pains, improve reproductive health, and increases milk production.
Rose Bud Tea – High in vitamin C, antioxidants, good for constipation, healthy skin, immune support, relieves stress, and anxiety.
Just like anything in life – don’t over do it on herbal teas! It’s nice to find a healthy balance. I like to drink 2 cups a day, a few times a week.
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