So... a compilation, huh? Yep. Let me introduce myself. My name is Kelley and I am the mother of two wonderful children, Maddie and Spencer. We also have three crazy, but loveable dogs- Roxy, Norman and Penney. My husband, Allan is a fantastic, hardworking entrepreneur who makes sure we are all well taken care of.
Because we're always crazy busy, I'm always looking for things to make my life easier. That's where the compilation comes in. I scour the internet (especially Pinterest) and find things to not only entertain my kids, but also cut down on my cleaning time, my cooking time and last but not least, (if it ever happens), my work out time. Basically anything to make my life easier and more fun.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dandelion Lemonade

Not gonna lie.  I am a HUGE fan of the health benefits of dandelions.  Here are some of the main reasons dandelion is one of my favorite teas to drink:

1. It improves digestion and aids in weight loss.
2. It eases congestion of the liver.
3. It helps purify the bladder and kidneys.
4. It reduces risk of urinary tract infections.
5. It contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, vitamins B, C, and A, niacin and lutein.
6. It helps purify the blood, regulate blood sugar,
7. It is prescribed to prevent Breast Cancer according to an article in the Journal of Cancer, Epidemiology and Biomarkers & Prevention 2007.
8. It helps ease bloating and aching joints.
9. It can lower serum Cholesterol.
10. Drastically reduces acid indigestion and gas buildup.

I've searched the web and found that most people only really know this amazing flower because of "Jillian Michael's" detox drink.  Now, I have searched and searched for this "podcast" in which she apparently gives the recipe and have had no luck.  So, because her recipe couldn't be verified, I came up with my own.  All you have to do is add lemon juice!

What are the health benefits of lemon juice you ask?  Let me tell you!
1. They have strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune system boosting properties.
2. Lemon is a digestive aid and liver cleanser.
3. Lemon contains citric acid (Vitamin C), Calcium, Magnesium, Bioflavinoids, pectin, limonene and Potassium.
4. It can help with anxiety.
5. Helps control dizziness, nausea and high blood pressure.
6. Helps flush toxins out of system.
7. Studies from the American Urilogical Association show that it can cure kidney stones by forming urinary citrate, which prevents crystals from forming.

2 quarts Water
4 Dandelion Root Tea Bags (Dandelion Leaf will work too- You can buy them in the organic section at Kroger)
1 c. Lemon Juice
Stevia to taste

Boil the two quarts of water.  Pour into pitcher.  Add tea bags.  Let steep about 10 minutes.  Add 1 c. lemon juice.  Let cool or serve warm.  I usually let it cool and then add two packets of stevia to a 16 oz glass.  Unlike the "Jillian Michael's" recipe, there's no reason to drink this all in one day.  I drink this like regular lemonade, but my favorite time to drink it is after eating a fatty or high sodium meal because it aids in digestion and will is also a natural diuretic, so my body won't retain the water as much.  (And it actually helps.)



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