Mighty Leaf Tea Chest and Mug Giveaway

gift guide sponsorsToday I am sharing with you some tea, would you perhaps like a cup? It’s not just ay tea though, it’s Mighty Leaf Tea and you will want to read on to hear more about this company!

Mightly Leaf Tea

Ring in the holiday spirit with Mighty Leaf Tea Brew Mug and Mighty Leaf Tea chest.  Receive your chest in a festive box with the following flavors included:

  • 5 Chocolate Mint Truffle tea pouches
  • 5 Green Tea Tropical tea pouches
  • 5 Vanilla Bean tea pouches
  • 5 Chamomile Citrus tea pouches
  • 5 Bombay Chai tea pouches

Oh  my heavenly deliciousness, which would you choose? The chocolate mint truffle is by far my personal favorite.

The passion for handcrafted tea is what started Mighty Leaf in 1996, going strong now they wanted me to share a bit of their deliciousness with you all. Indulge this holiday season with Mighty Leaf Tea Chest and Mug by entering for a chance to win that for your own self or someone you love this holiday season below…

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Enter for your chance to win one Mighty Leaf Tea Chest and Mighty Leaf Brew Mug

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on December 27, 2013. Open to Continental USA. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

 

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Tips for Making Great Sports Drinks at Home

Those sports drinks you are purchasing at the grocery store or health club may come in fancy packaging and be convenient, but you are paying four to five times more than you would for the raw ingredients to make these nutritious drinks at home. Sports drinks are great for helping to replenish the body’s energy either before or during exercise and every nutritious sports drink requires a combination of water, electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, and carbohydrates.

The Most Economical Mixtures.

One of the most economical and satisfying sports drinks you can concoct at home that costs only pennies per serving uses 8 ounces of water seasoned with two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a dash of sea salt and one-half teaspoon honey. This concoction can be prepared in the morning, then refrigerated and taken with you to your health club or other workout location.

Good old chocolate milk makes a good sports drink because it contains both protein and carbohydrates to replenish the body’s energy reserves. Unsweetened coconut water, mixed with a little bit of honey, orange juice or green tea is another winning sports drink mixture that is easy on the budget.

The Gatorade Alternative

Buying bottles of Gatorade at the supermarket on a weekly basis can really cut into your household’s food budget and  what you are really paying a premium price for for is the marketing and advertising of this popular sports drink. Did you know that you can create your very own healthful version of Gatorade in your home kitchen? Squeeze enough Valencia oranges to make one-half cup of juice, then blend this with three and a half cups of water, two and a half tablespoons of local honey, and one-quarter teaspoon salt. This recipe will make four 8-ounce servings, each containing 14 grams of carbohydrate and 160 milligrams of sodium, all packaged in a delicious low-calorie (50 calories) drink.

You can vary this Gatorade recipe by using one-half cup of lemonade, grape juice or cranberry juice in place of orange juice. You can also help to bump up the flavor of this beverage by mixing in a little sugar-free lemonade mix without increasing the calorie count beyond 50 calories per serving.

Go Organic

It’s easy to create an organic sports drink at home by filling a juice bottle with one-half water or freshly brewed green tea, and then blending with your choice of organic fruit juice, such as orange, lemon, apple, grapefruit or blueberry. Shake the container after you’ve added a pinch of organic sea salt and you are ready to enjoy.

Replenish Electrolytes

It’s important to keep replenishing your electrolytes during exercise and workout routines, and consuming sports drinks rich in electrolytes can help you maintain your energy level even during the most challenging workouts. For a great tasting homemade sports drink, combine 4 cups of hot water with the juice of one whole lemon, which is about one-fourth cup of lemon juice. Fresh is always the best ingredient, but use bottled lemons if you don’t have fresh. Then blend this mixture with one-fourth teaspoon sea salt and two tablespoons of your favorite honey variety, perhaps clover or orange blossom. Then chill this mixture overnight and pour it into several different sports bottles for easy transportation to and from your health club.

Experiment with different fruit juices and honey varieties and always taste the mixture right after you prepare it to ensure that it offers you a refreshing taste. Store homemade sports drinks in clean containers and be sure to wash and dry containers after use before refilling with a new sports drink mixture.

Susan writes for allpro.eu, mostly about college football.

Energy Up Energy Down

It’s normal for a person to feel high energy then low energy, I am a firm believer that it’s about how you think you feel in addition to diet and exercise. I haven’t ever felt such highs and lows in a long time. I was at my best a few weeks ago ready to move forward and could have run a mile (well maybe if I quit smoking I could run a mile), but you know what I mean. Then it hit me, a really low energy spell. It came with a sickness for a couple weeks in a row it seemed that every Sunday and Monday I would get very ill and I would have blamed it on drinking, however, I only drank alcohol on the weekends my kids were gone and one of the Sunday/Monday combos I was sick was a weekend I had my kids.

I am still trying to determine what it is that’s making me sick, I know that cigarette smoking is making me feel ill, so each morning I wake up ready to quit and test myself with the “I can do this” attitude to see how long I make it before I give in and go outside for my nasty habit. I am confident that I will quit smoking when I can find that mindset to quit, for now I just take it one day at a time. I know my coffee has been making me sick, I used to drink two travel mugs every morning and it didn’t even bother me. Now I can barely drink one travel mug of coffee before my stomach is turning and I can’t handle finishing the cup. The lack of coffee could be causing low energy as my body is used to that caffeine high.

Another thing I have noticed is that I let my kids eat fairly healthy but I actually don’t eat much at all so as a way to find out what foods are said to boost energy and mood levels I used my favorite search engine Google and here are some foods that may be able to help you and me get moving forward to higher energy and higher spirits:

  • Blueberries - YUM! help fight off urinary tract infections and contain tons of antioxidants with cancer fighting properties.
  • SalmonI don’t eat this but have heard it can help with fat cells in your blood vessels I think I watched news story on this versus fatty foods like McDonalds. a top source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, and can help decrease your risk of heart disease and cancer. There is also some preliminary evidence that shows that fish oils can help increase fat loss.
  • Almonds - LOVE ‘em but rarely buy ‘em. Snacking on almonds between meals can help to decrease you appetite, helping you to maintain or lose weight. They are a healthy fat and a rich source of protein.
  • Green Tea – LOVE IT! A great source of powerful antioxidants. With less than half the calories of coffee, it’s also a better energy boosting choice.

Question for Thought: What foods do you eat to help maintain a healthy weight and energy/mood balance? I would love to hear what works for you!

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