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Hibiscus Tea - An All-Natural Agua de Jamaica Recipe

Hibiscus Tea - An All-Natural Agua de Jamaica Recipe

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Summer is almost coming to an end. The only possible way to cope is with a super refreshing drink: all-natural Agua de Jamaica! If you love lemonade, this tart— yet sweet—drink is just as thirst-quenching! It's also known as hibiscus tea. Hibiscus is a flower that is celebrated and widely-known in South America and some regions of Asia for its refreshing properties. There are wide variety of benefits that come with drinking a cup of earthy hibiscus tea:

Lower blood pressure

The Hibiscus flower has “anti-hypertensive properties” which helps lower blood pressure levels. Some studies found that drinking 2-3 cups of hibiscus tea can mitigate the effects of high blood pressure.

Antioxidants

Like berries and some leafy greens, this tea has tons and tons of antioxidants that protect us from chronic diseases like heart problems and cancer.

This drink doesn’t have to be made straight from dried flowers. Though the flavor won’t be the same, chilled hibiscus tea can also be made with 5 hibiscus tea bags and 10 cups of water. For this recipe, feel free to use the sweenter of your choice, such as stevia or agave nectar.

Agua de Jamaica

Chilled agua de jamaica - Hibiscus tea recipe // The PumpUp Blog

Makes 5-6 cups

Ingredients

  • 10 cups of water
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • Juice of a lime.
  • 1 cup of ice

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, boil all 10 cups of water
  2. Next, mix in the cup of hibiscus and let it bloom for 20 minutes (or steep for 20 minutes if you're using tea bags)
  3. After the set time has passed, strain the flower and let your tea cool for about 20 mins.
  4. When the tea is at room temperature, add the lime juice, sugar (or sweetener) and ice.
  5. Serve with some lime wedges and ice

Macros (per 1 cup)

  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
    • Fiber: 0g

About the author.

Valentina Selviz is a food and fitness blogger getting her degree in Nutrition, and a certification in Personal Training. Check her out on her social media accounts and her blog for macro friendly recipes and fitspo!

Instagram/ Pump Up: @valselviz

Blog: valselvizblog.com

Vegan Red Velvet Smoothie

Vegan Red Velvet Smoothie

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Oh, red velvet. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways: it's chocolatey, but not overwhelmingly bitter. It's eye-catching, but not ostentatious. It's a creamy and delicious flavour that needn't only be reserved for the likes of cupcakes and cookies. You too can drink a delightfully decadent red velvet smoothie for your pre-workout without regrets, just happiness. In this recipe by PumpUp member xxzxcuzx_me, ripe bananas and coconut milk creamer lend a thick and creamy texture to the drink while chocolate hemp protein powder imparts a distinctly velvety flavour. You can have your cake and eat it too.

Red velvet smoothie

  • ripe bananas
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • Splash of vanilla coconut milk creamer
  • 4 tbsp chocolate hemp protein powder

Have your cake and eat it too with this red velvet chocolate protein smoothie

If you loved this red velvet smoothie or if you have great pre-workout smoothie recipes to share with the PumpUp community, let us know in the comments below!

The most refreshing 3 ingredient post-workout smoothie ever

The most refreshing 3 ingredient post-workout smoothie ever

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After a gruelling and intense workout, you need to refuel in a major way. You need a refreshing-post workout smoothie as soon as possible, without complicated preparation instructions that will compel you to forego the smoothie-making process. You need this delightfully easy watermelon smoothie by PumpUp member @xtaliax. There are only 3 ingredients: watermelon, banana, and vanilla protein powder. Your tastebuds will sing with joy as you savour the flavour of crisp watermelon. Your body will thank you for gulping down what might possibly be the most refreshing post-workout smoothie you've ever had to date.

How to prepare our 3-ingredient Post-Workout Smoothie

  • 3 cups watermelon
  • 2 mini bananas
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Blend it all up and drink it through a paper straw to add some pizazz! Share your smoothie creations with the PumpUp community by using the #smoothie hashtag!

3 ingredient post-workout smoothie

5 reasons you should believe the hype about lemon water

5 reasons you should believe the hype about lemon water

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Let me just start off by saying that lemon water is the bomb dot com, I have been drinking it in some way, shape or form for the past 6 months and I couldn’t be happier with the benefits I have received from this small change in my morning routine. I drink a lot of tea, it doesn’t matter if it is -15 or 105 degrees outside, I just can’t get enough. So for me, taking a minute to boil or heat up some water and adding honey with a fresh lemon couldn’t be easier, in fact it’s something I look forward to doing! For me to say I drink it every morning would be false. However I do alternate between lemon, honey or green tea and lemon water frequently and here is why. It’s good for your face

If you just google some of the benefits of lemon water you’ll see that the most popular search result will say that lemons are a great source of vitamin C (more on this in a moment), dig a little further and you will find that lemons balance the Ph levels in the body as well. So what does that mean for you? Well pH stands for potential hydrogen, a pH number measures from 0-14 of how acidic or alkaline a liquid is, high school chemistry ya’ll. We see this a lot in the health and beauty industry, mostly on serums, cleansers, toners and moisturizers. Reason being is  because a balanced pH level means better healthier skin, healthy skin can be generalized as having a 5.5 pH average. Dry skin is high in alkaline or categorized as being too high in pH. So if you have oily skin *silently raises hand, then you (ahem we) have skin that is categorized as being too acidic or low in pH.

Healthy skin can in fact be achieved by eating a proper diet as well as having a proper skin care routine.

It helps with your digestive system and spreads feel goodies from the inside out 

Lemons strengthen the liver, if you follow me on twitter pretty much every other tweet is about wine so you know my liver loves me. Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties. They are often used as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive cleanser and aids in flushing out unwanted materials from the body. It helps to purify the liver by liquefying bile. It’s great for detoxing, and if you’re looking for more ways to detox your life, check out my YouTube video and listen to the 5 simple ways you can start!

TRY THIS!

DIY Lemon Toner

Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice with a ½ cup of water Apply to your skin with a cotton ball to help balance out your skin and kill that pesky bacteria

Keeps you happy and feeling energized

No need to take a chill pill when you can just have a glass of lemon water instead. Or you can lick one, I mean whatever floats your boat. Lemons are full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C reduces the production of stress hormones and have been proven beneficial to those who have a weakened immune system due to stress.

Great for staying hydrated!

The second your body needs water it tells you in some way or another. Whether you think to yourself, “Hey! I’m thirsty” or not, your body will tell you in other ways in the form of feeling, sluggish, lack of energy or just simply put lack of clarity. Water (with lemons)  supports your immune system  swell as aids in replacing fluids you lost throughout the day.

Keeps you healthy

I could probably go on and on about some of the benefits I have noticed since I started drinking lemon water, but try it for about 2 weeks and I promise you will notice a difference in your skin and just how you feel overall. It’s just cleansing and has a positive effect on your health. I use both fresh cut lemons and lemon juice from the little lemon shaped bottle. When I make poor food choices, let’s be honest don’t we all, and my stomach hurts this also helps to soothe my stomach and almost acts as a detox when I’m trying to get back on track for eating clean.

Lemon water

My favorite Detox water recipe (as shown above) contains: 2 slices of lemon 2 slices of lime 2 slices of cucumber A few fresh mint leaves

Try adding oranges or grapefruit as well to help rid your liver of toxic sludge. Don’t forget about strawberries and raspberries! If making a large serving, I recommend replacing the mint leaves everyday, however the fruit is good for 2-3 days. Keep refrigerated!

detox lemon water

I prefer to drink out of a clear glass container, it motivates me to keep drinking water all day, I also scored this one from target, it is free of BPA which is a chemical found in most plastics, but check out a few of these fun colored glass water bottles from amazon here.

Happy lemon drinking!

This is a post by fashion and fitness blogger Jodi-Kay Edwards. Follow her on PumpUp @jodikayedwards and on her blog,lifestylefinesse.com.

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It’s time to ditch those lattes, hot chocolate, and coffees, and make room for your new favourite drink: TEA. Tea is an hydrating, calming, and refreshing drink with a ton of health benefits. It can actually improve your exercise endurance! More specifically scientists have found that the antioxidants in green tea extract, “increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.” So fill up you cup with some tea today, especially green tea!