Hamptons Wellness: The easiest, healthiest, most delicious snack
When I lived in Russia, there were times when we had no fresh fruit and vegetables all winter, so our moms and grandmas used to give us this mixture of raisins, apricots, walnuts, lemon and honey. They mashed it in a meat grinder and we were supposed to take 1 tablespoon per day as vitamins.
Best tasting vitamins I ever had! I adapted it a little, keeping the proportions basically the same. My kids loved it and so will yours! Lemon granola bites
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup nuts of your choice
- 1 cup dried fruit
- 1 whole lemon with skin
- a shake of sea salt
- a little raw honey – enough to hold it all together
- Process all the ingredients in a food processor.
- By hand, form little balls and roll them in flaxseed meal
Hamptons Wellness: Drink more water: it’s the best thing you can do for your health!
Do you want to have more energy, clearer skin and fewer colds? Drink more water! Our bodies are 60% water. We are losing fluids constantly through sweat and urine. We need to continuously replenish the lost fluids in order for our organs to be working properly. Are you always tired? Is it hard to focus? You might be dehydrated: our brain is mostly water!
Just from the top of my head, the benefits of drinking enough water are:
- It increases energy and relieves fatigue
- It helps you lose weight
- It flushes out toxins and reduces the risk of kidney stones and urinary tract infections
It moisturizes your skin and improves your complexion
It boosts immune system, helps prevent headaches and leg cramps
It helps you perform better in sports, build more muscle and prevent injury
Enough? Because I could go on! But I think that I convinced you…Drink more water: it’s the best thing you can do for your health!
Now, how much water do you need to drink to be adequately hydrated? I am sure you heard about 8X8 rule – 8 8-ounce glasses per day. Lately, I have been seeing this rule: divide your weight in pounds by 2 and drink that many ounces. If you weigh 140 lb, you should drink 70 oz of water per day. If you hate keeping track of ounces, just drink water every hour on the hour. Program your phone if you have to!
If drinking plain water is hard for you – and it is for some people – try making flavored homemade “Vitamin Water”:
take a nice large glass jar, add some sliced fruit (lemon, lime, orange, strawberries, watermelon etc in any combination)
some herbs (I like mint and basil) and even vegetables (cucumber is delicious).
Fill it with water, let steep for an hour and enjoy!
It is gorgeous and delicious. Another trick is to drink it through a straw – it involves different muscles and water bypasses the tongue this way; some people find it easier.
Drinking water is the easiest, cheapest and surest way to dramatically improve your health. I’ll drink to that!