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Natural ways of Flavoring water

When you’re thirsty what is the first drink that you take? Fruit juice, Slurpee, coffee, tea, or something sweet, the options are numerous for us to choose from.

Many of us have probably heard or come across the essentials of water, and how it is beneficial for our body system. However despite these positive claims, some people (especially myself) may find it hard to drink  water on a day to day basis. The requirements of water intake will most likely differ for each person and may depend on age, weight and level of activity.

  • People may feel reluctant to meet their water requirement because.
  • They might forget to drink water, and forget to carry a bottle of water.
  • Water is too boring and lacks flavors like fruit juices, soft drinks and other beverages.

For those who find it a bit challenging, here are some ideas, such  as flavouring water, which can help create a positive attitude in regards to increasing water intake.

  •  Ginger: A great idea from Wise bread, If you like spices, ginger is a great way to add a “zing” to your water. If it is added to boiling water it is also a great way to clear your throat and sinuses during a cold.
  •  Herbs – Another great idea from Wise bread, Mint, lemongrass, and parsley are great for adding aroma and a hint of green to your water. If you want to release the flavour you can crush the plants a little bit before putting them into your water.
  •  Cucumber:  very refreshing drink and pleasant aroma.
  •  Berries: Blueberries and strawberries have distinct flavours that could be soaked up by water. All you have to do is cut or crush a few of the berries into your water.
  •  Citrus fruit: Lemons, lime, oranges, grapefruit. Flavour is just a squeeze away!
  •   Tea:  Believe it or not but tea bags works just as well in cold water as it do in hot water.
  • Mixed fruit : Orange, lemon, lime, strawberry’s, and cucumber go well together
  • Peaches and Hint of Aloe Vera gel juice: Personally I find this combination quite nice, thanks Aloe V therapy.
  • Unsweetened fruit juice – Leisureguy blog suggests cranberry or pomegranate juice. Just add a splash or two to a glass of water. Zing!

Here are a few more ideas which include double combinations, which may be the ideal drink for anyone to make and enjoy.

  • Ginger and lemon: Great for winter!!
  • Strawberries and mint
  • Cubed honeydew melon with cucumber:
  •  Sliced cucumber and lemons.

Making these small changes, takes time and commitment. Depending on your goal you may want cut back on 1 soft drink and replace it with 1 or 2 glasses of water, or diluting your fruit juice by ¼ or even something else. There is a table which I found which shows a rough guideline of beverage intake. (The link is under the resource section in this post). Its quite lengthy highlights the importance of the moderation of beverage intake

Resources: 

http://www.healthyeatingclub.org/info/articles/diets-foods/water.htm.


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What Does Easter mean to you?

Easter Joy

Jesus came to earth,
To show us how to live,
How to put others first,
How to love and how to give.

Then He set about His work,
That God sent Him to do;
He took our punishment on Himself;
He made us clean and new.

He could have saved Himself,
Calling angels from above,
But He chose to pay our price for sin;
He paid it out of love.

Our Lord died on Good Friday,
But the cross did not destroy
His resurrection on Easter morn
That fills our hearts with joy.

Now we know our earthly death,
Like His, is just a rest.
We’ll be forever with Him
In heaven, where life is best.

So we live our lives for Jesus,
Think of Him in all we do.
Thank you Saviour; Thank you Lord.
Help us love like you !”

Joanna Fuchs”

Easter is a time where we reflect and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I  was reminded in my daily devotional about what God said in  John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son”. This scripture would still have been written billions of times, if it was only you in the whole wide world? God would still have sent his  only begotten son to die for  ONLY you.

In God’s eyes you are not just a nobody but you are extraordinary person!He saw the very best in us, which is why he values you so much. God’s love for you can never fade and is inexhaustible (1 Corinthians 13:7-8).

In Phillipians 3:10 Paul mentioned “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” ” As Paul mentioned “that I may know him”, God desires us  to be intimate and spend quality time with him, digging deep in his word and having unbroken fellowship with him. We have a such a great privilege to get know him on a day to day basis, and he wants us to spread the Good New to everyone .

I pray that this year Easter you encounter a new insight to the resurrection of Jesus, that you have never seen before. =)