June 30, 2015

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Summer Road Trip Snack Ideas

With summer just getting started, many people have road trips planned. Some will be driving for a few hours and some will be driving for days but wherever you are going, we wanted to give you some road trip, detox approved snack ideas! 

 * Hummus and Veggies! One of our favorite on the go snacks can easily be  transported in a  cooler and you can pre-cut vegetables before your trip or throw in  a bag of baby carrots and  cherry tomatoes for convenience. Hummus is also an  excellent protein packed snack! 

*Air popped popcorn. If you make popcorn yourself, you loose all the added chemicals from store bought microwave popcorn and you can flavor your own popcorn with a variety of delicious toppings such as dried herbs, Parmesan cheese, or plain salt.

* Fruit. Nature's fast food! If you are traveling with kids, check out Pinterest for cute ways of packing fruit, grapes in the shape of a butterfly using a ziploc bag and a clothespin comes to mind! You could also draw a silly face on a banana! 

* Cheese Sticks. That's right, these old time favorites are not just for the kiddos. They come in a variety of flavors to satisfy any pallet. Try the sharp cheddar or the pepper jack varieties! These are also very easy to throw into a cooler. 

As with any trip, be sure you are staying hydrated! Pack the cooler with extra water bottles, or make detox water with fruit so you are not ordering a coke in a pinch. What healthy snacks do you like to take with you on road trips? Please let us know in the comments section! This summer have FUN, be SAFE, and ENJOY! Don't let a road trip derail your healthy habits! 

Hugs and Tea!  

   

 

May 08, 2015

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Fruits Low in Sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fruits and vegetables are a crucial part of a healthy diet; but the truth is, some  fruits contain an exorbitant amount of sugar. Of course, all fruit is better to snack  on than a large order of fast food french fries or a triple decker ice cream cone, but  the healthiest option is to choose raw vegetables or fruits low in sugar. Let us also  note, sugar occurring naturally in fruits is better than diving your fork in to a sheet cake, no matter whose birthday it is in the office! To make it easy, we have  complied a list of delicious fruits low in sugar content! 

 

Blackberries - One cup of these plump beauties has about 7 grams of sugar. 

Raspberries - One cup of these delicious berries has about 5 grams of sugar. 

Strawberries - You can indulge in a cup of these lovely red berries guilt free with only 7 grams of sugar.

Blueberries - Treat yourself to 50 ripe blueberries containing only 7 grams of sugar.

Cranberries - One cup of these Thanksgiving staples has about 4 grams of sugar.

Avocado - An entire medium avocado has only about 1 gram of sugar. Pass the guacamole!

Cantaloupe - One large wedge of this melon contains only 8 grams of sugar.

Guava - Eat the whole guava, with only 4.5 grams of sugar; maybe eat two!

Okay, an easy rule to follow is; berries are fruits low in sugar. We try to eat berries every day as they provide antioxidants, are low in sugar, and taste pretty darn good! Try to work them into your diet through a breakfast berry parfait, or in a smoothie. Berries are also lovely additions to salads or are great on their own as a snack. Please refrain from cancelling out their low sugar status by dumping a spoonful of sugar on top!

Have yourself a little fiesta and add guacamole to your next meal! With avocados being one of the top fruits low in sugar, you can do it guilt free! We like to make guacamole with red onion, limes and jalapenos! If you are not feeling festive or don't have time to make guacamole, add plain avocado to omelets, wraps, sandwiches or salads! If you have seen our nutrition guide you know we are nuts about avocados and try to incorporate them into our meals as much as possible.

Another important point to make when talking about fruits low in sugar is that we are taking about fruit in the raw, unprocessed form. Yes cranberries are fruits low in sugar, but that does not mean you can happily eat a can of processed cranberry sauce that packs a huge sugar punch! Dried fruit is also very high in sugar, eat that in moderation. It's also best to stay away from processed sugar filled fruit juices. Do not be fooled by labels claiming to be "all natural" or having "no sugar added" the sugar content will speak for itself. If you are after a fruity drink, check out or post about detox water for some delicious low sugar ideas. It is also more beneficial to eat the entire fruit instead of drinking the juice because your body will get all the benefits of the fiber in the fruit. 

Remember this list of fruits low in sugar when you are at the grocery store or farmers market. The fruit on this list will satisfy a sweet tooth without being a sugar burden to your body. What are your favorite fruits low in sugar and how do you incorporate them into your diet? Tell us in the comments below!

Hugs and Tea!       

May 05, 2015

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Benefits of Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves are not just pesky weeds, plaguing your garden. They have been used for centuries in the making of teas and holistic medical products. Dried dandelion leaves are predominately found in teas and medicines but you can also enjoy fresh dandelion leaves, most commonly in salads.

Dandelion leaves provide many health benefits for the body's digestive organs and have been known to reduce swelling and calm bruising. Dandelion leaves can reduce nausea, relieve gas pains, and produce a laxative effect, making bowel movements easier. Commonly, people drink dandelion leaf tea in a blend for detoxing and to relieve constipation. They are also used to shed water weight. Some studies have even suggested dandelion leaves can aid in repairing existing liver damage.

Dandelion leaves can also be used when the body has swelling as properties in the leaves can aid in decreasing swelling and inflammation. Some natural lotions and salves list dandelion leaves as an active ingredient to reduce muscle pain and swelling. These salves and lotions can also diminish the appearance of body bruising.

Dandelion leaves are not void of side effects. They can cause diarrhea if taken in high doses. It is recommended to drink tea in a blend of other teas and herbs to create a milder effect. Dandelion leaves are an ingredient in Skinny Bee Tea's Detox Tea; a blend of teas and herbs to give gentle and effective results for weight loss, reduction of bloating and detoxification. It is not advised to consume dandelion leaves without consulting your doctor if you are taking any medications as they can interfere with some medications.

Next time you encounter this small yet mighty plant, think of all the benefits dandelion leaves bring. Have you used dandelion leaves in teas, salves, lotions or as an addition to a healthful salad? Have they delivered the desired natural results? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below!

Hugs and Tea!  

April 27, 2015

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Why You Should Have a Stretching Routine

Okay, we all know you should stretch before you run or exercise and we have felt the effects of forgetting to stretch then hitting the gym hard. Yes, continue to stretch pre and post workout but you should also incorporate a stretching routine in your daily schedule, preferably in the morning, before you get ready. I know, you don't think you can incorporate another thing into your busy morning and taking the time for a lengthy stretching routine sounds nearly impossible, but please, hear me out.

You will be less stressed, yes, LESS stressed! We can all stand to take a little stress away and having a good stretching routine helps to alleviate stress in your life. When you are stressed your body and muscles become tense. Tense muscles limit mobility and flexibility. Your stretching routine will help to bring back flexibility and relax the muscles, causing less stress while having a calming effect on the body.

When your muscles are less tense your posture can improve. Stretching the muscles and making them more flexible can greatly improve your posture, causing you to appear taller. When you have good posture, you exude confidence, causing people to take notice. We are not saying a stretching routine is going to land you a huge promotion, mall modeling contract, or sexy Italian lover, but when you walk with confidence, good things tend to happen.

Taking a few minutes for a stretching routine each day can also contribute to a healthier mind. Sometimes the mind craves a good mental break, especially when we are under deadlines, work pressure or personal struggles. Even a few minutes of clearing your head and taking some time to reflect, breathe or meditate can make your school or work life more productive and your thought process clearer. It is recommended to hold each stretch in a stretching routine for a solid for long breaths, these breaths deliver oxygen and work to calm the body and mind.   

Incorporating a regular stretching routine is your first defense against everyday injury. If your muscles are already in a more flexible state you can avoid accidental injuries from everyday activities such as lifting or stretching to reach something on a high shelf. These injuries happen all too often and can take you out of commission for days or weeks. Stretching is a simple way to give your body some insurance from a preventable injury.

If you work a job like me, you are sitting, a lot. Students and people who work in offices tend to get lower back pain more than people who are continually active throughout the day. When you incorporate a stretching routine, your lower back muscles gain some relief from the constant pressure from sitting for such long hours. For lower back relief, focus on stretching the hip flexors, glutes, quads and hamstrings. Also focus on stretches that twist your body, where your lower half turns to one side while your chest, and head face the other.

Stretching increases circulation. When you stretch, blood flow, delivering vital oxygen to the muscles is increased. Healthy, strong flexible muscles are much quicker to recover from tears or injury. Healthy muscles will also benefit your gym and exercise routines as they recover faster after a workout.

The benefits of a stretching routine are abundant. Give your body the muscle advantage in as little as five minutes per day. Have I convinced you to work a stretching routine in to your day? Tell us about your stretching routine in the comments below!   

Hugs and Tea! 

April 13, 2015

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Top Foods for Liver Detox

The liver is vital to the body's detoxification process as it filters out waste and toxins. A general rule for liver detox is, the healthier the food, the happier the liver. Heavily processed and sugary foods are very taxing on the liver's functions. Avoid these foods, especially when on a liver detox, a healthy break is just what the liver needs! When you want to liver detox, incorporate these delicious foods into your diet as they have an extra benefit to the liver.

Brussel Sprouts - These delicious vegetables contain glucosinolates, compounds containing sulfur that protect the liver from damage.  

Lemon - Having a warm cup of lemon water in the morning wakes up the liver and gives it s boost for the day. 

Garlic - Garlic stimulates the liver to produce enzymes that filter out waste. 

Beets - These beautiful red root vegetables are high in beta-carotene which supports healthy liver function. 

Leafy Greens - These sensational super heroes of salad promote the liver's production of bile which is used to filter toxins out of the body. Try incorporating dandelion greens, arugula, kale and spinach into your diet! 

Cauliflower - Like our friend the brussel sprout, cauliflower is high in glucosinolates, protecting the liver. Cauliflower is also shown to have cancer fighting properties! 

Turmeric - This spice aids the liver in flushing out harmful cancer causing toxins. Try adding turmeric to your favorite soup or chili recipe! 

When you eat these healthy liver foods your liver will be less stressed and do a better job of detoxifying your body. You should feel better all around; eating delicious foods and feeling great, an A+ for better health! 

Hugs and Tea! 

 

April 11, 2015

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Detox Water

The single most important thing to do for your health is to drink water. Water is vital to sustain life and keeping properly hydrated can aid in weight loss. Detox water is taking regular water to the next level both in taste and effectiveness to health. There are many recipes for detox water; picking a recipe is a matter of taste and health objective. Here is a list of basic detox water recipes and how they boost water to benefit your body.

Lemon - This is by far the most popular form of detox water. Lemon boosts the immune system, aids digestion and helps to alkalize the body.

Cucumber and Mint - You have probably seen this detox water recipe as it is very common. Cucumbers, which have anti-inflammatory properties, help the body hydrate. Mint helps to settle the stomach and can aid digestion. This combo can also ward off bad breath, so pucker up!

Strawberry and Basil - Strawberries, very high in antioxidants and vitamin C, do wonders for the complexion; they also have cancer fighting properties. Strawberries also aid in lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation. Basil is known to settle stress hormones as well as clear the skin. Strawberry basil detox water is perfect when you need to calm your nerves or skin! Sip on this delicious detox water the week or so before your next big event!

Orange - Orange detox water is full of vitamin C and has been shown to lower cholesterol. Orange detox water also serves as a cancer fighter. It can be a very delicious morning pick me up!

Apple and Cinnamon - A delicious detox water combination; apples promote liver detoxification and reduce cholesterol. Cinnamon is known to boost the metabolism. It sounds just perfect for Fall or Winter!

Spice up your routine and give your body a delicious and healthy treat using one of these simple recipes for detox water. Tell us the detox water recipe you use in the comments below!

Hugs and Tea!   

March 20, 2015

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Benefits of Detox Tea

Are you curious about detox tea? Have you heard about detox tea from friends or colleagues? Have they mentioned how it aided them in losing weight for a wedding, trip or high school reunion or jump started their healthy lifestyle? Are you wondering how a tea can help detox your body, or what is detox anyway? Hopefully this post will shed some light on the amazing benefits of detox tea and what it can do for your body. 

Detox teas can have a variety of herbs and teas in them. Skinny Bee Tea Detox has a luscious blend of Oolong and Pu'erh leaf teas, both originating from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Oolong tea supports the mind's mental alertness and the body's immune system. Oolong also contributes to maintaining a healthy heart and carries cancer fighting properties. Oolong has also shown to aid in weight loss by jump starting the metabolism and blocking fat enzymes in the body. Pu'erh tea is fermented then aged for perfect potency. Pu'erh tea supports the mind's alertness and has shown to improve cholesterol.

Skinny Bee Tea detox is also expertly blended with whole goji berries, dandelion leaf, rose flower, and lemongrass. Goji berries, which are rich in antioxidants, support healthy kidney function. The liver and kidneys are the organs that filter and process waste and toxins out of our bodies. The importance of these organs functioning properly is critical to optimal health.

Dandelion leaf supports the liver and the gallbladder as well as the urinary functions that flush toxins from the body. It is very important to drink plenty of water while on a detox as the kidneys are hard at work to filter out toxins through the urine. The basic formula for water is to drink 1/2 your weight in ounces, for example, a 140 pound person should be drinking at least 70 ounces of water per day.

Rose flower promotes healthy skin and a clear complexion as well as the immune system. Drinking water also helps the complexion. Lemongrass promotes a healthy digestive tract. For optimal results, be sure to eat healthy food while on the detox. Choose fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds while avoiding processed and high sugar foods.

The benefits of detox tea are real. I have felt them in my own life and I encourage anyone and everyone to try a detox tea for themselves. Not all detox teas are made from the same ingredients and I encourage you to do research into any tea and it's ingredients before you consume it. It is also very important that the detox tea is organic, it wouldn't make sense to detox with a tea sprayed with chemicals. Order Skinny Bee Tea and rest assured you are drinking a detox tea blended with the highest quality, 100% organic ingredients.

Hugs and Tea!