Cucumber Water

Drinking enough water is very important for your health, but it can get boring. Flavoring it with a little fruit, veggies or herbs is a good low calorie option to jazz it up a bit. This is one of my favorites and it can be customized to suit your tastes. The mint is optional, but I think it complements the cucumber well.

Mint has been shown to relieve sinus issues, gastric problems, and can help reduce swelling and pain associated with arthritis. Cucumbers are high in potassium and very refreshing.

Ingredients:

1 Gallon of Filtered Water

7 Fresh Mint Leaves

1 Cucumber (sliced)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and let it rest in the fridge for at least an hour for the flavors to meld.

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Strawberry Topping

This is great on waffles and ice cream.

Ingredients:

4 cups fresh strawberries, chopped

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup orange juice

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and simmer until thickened slightly. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Cantaloupe Smoothie

Ingredients :

1 orange

1 cup cantaloupe chunks, peeled

1 cup almond milk, unsweetened

½ tsp. freshly grated ginger

½ tsp. cinnamon

4-6 ice cubes

Directions :

Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.

Hawaiian Porkchops

INGREDIENTS:

1lb boneless, pork chops

1 fresh pineapple, bite sized pieces

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

2 tablespoons Braggs Amino Acids

1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bag

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients and place in a labeled freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible and freeze. Add the thawed contents to a slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours. Serve over brown rice.

Lemonade Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

6 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°. Spray your cookie sheets with non stick cooking spray or use a silicone baking mat. Cream together the butter and granulated sugar. Add the eggs and beat for 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add the baking soda, all purpose flour and 1/2 cup lemonade. Mix only until combined. Place 1 inch balls on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.