As I write this, one of the first hot, sultry days of the season is upon us here in Minnesota. High temps–high humidity tropical, but with pine trees instead of palm trees. Some love it, some hate it, everyone has their opinions, but you can’t argue the need to replace the body fluids lost from sweating on days like these. Instead of turning to leading brand sports drinks for hydration, consider making your own! It’s super easy and affordable and you’ll get a did-it-myself boost to boot.
Electrolytes are minerals essential for many of our basic body functions, and when our levels become too low we can get dehydrated, dizzy, and muscle cramps. Coconut water, sea salt, and raw honey all feature in this recipe for their essential mineral content, including potassium and sodium. Keep a batch of this on hand to stay hydrated this summer and beyond:
3 cups coconut water
1 cup water
½ cup fresh lime or lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons raw honey
8 drops ConcenTrace trace mineral drops (optional)*
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or large jar and store in the refrigerator.
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Collagen is the most prevalent form of protein found in our bodies. Unlike our ancestors’ diets, most of ours are poor sources of this amazing substance. Collagen helps to form our digestive organs, skin, joints, and other connective tissues. Collagen is also an excellent pre-biotic, meaning it helps provide a matrix for the bacteria in our digestive tract (without the gas and bloating sometimes associated with fiber!). Containing a complete array of essential and non-essential amino acids, collagen is the super-food you have been craving to connect with.
Here is a simple recipe for making your own Collagen Gummies.
- 3/4 cup sugar free tart cherry juice
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, strained
- 2 tbsp. raw honey or to taste sugar substitute
- 3 tbsp. Gelatin
- In a saucepan, heat the juices over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
- Add honey and stir till dissolved. If using a sugar substitute I prefer to add it once I’ve taken the concoction off the burner as sometimes these can turn a bit bitter if heated.
- Lower the heat to the lowest setting. Whisk in 1 tbsp. at a time of the gelatin, adding another only after the others dissolve. Continue to
In Traditional Chinese medicine, eggs are thought to tonify blood, yin, and jing (our essence) – as well as help regulate blood circulation. Because of their medicinal properties, eggs can be extremely helpful in restoring the body and strengthening reproductive health.
This recipe is a staple in my house – and bonus, it freezes well! The ingredients listed below are a great way to use holiday leftovers, but you can use whatever combination of protein and veggies you like. I have used chicken and broccoli, added spinach, chorizo instead of ham, and even ground beef made with taco seasoning. I usually serve with avocado, salsa, and sour cream. Feel free to get creative! (You will not miss the crust at all.)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- ½ cup ham, cubed
- 1 med red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 med green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 10 large eggs
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie pan or 9 by 13-inch baking dish.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over med heat. Add diced ham and cook until brown and crispy.
- Add chopped peppers and cook until