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A Drink to Your Health

Temps should get into the 110s this week in Las Vegas!Ah, Summertime…the living is easy (and if you live in Vegas, sweaty). With temperatures expected to hit 110◦ later this week staying hydrated is a priority. Most of our body is made up of water and the heat can quickly become overwhelming, especially for infants and children. Studies show that by the time you sense thirst you have lost 3-7% of your body’s water volume. Symptoms of dehydration include: thirst, dry or sticky mouth, lethargy, and low urine output. Sunken fontanelles (the soft spot on top of the head) are another symptom in infants. Although urine color can be affected by diet, medications, and vitamins it is still a good way to determine hydration status. Ideally it should look like lemonade. Lighter or clear urine suggests overhydration while darker color urine can indicate dehydration.

Woman Drinking Glass of WaterWe get water from the foods and beverages we consume. Choosing a beverage is almost as important as making sure you are drinking enough liquids. Many sugar sweetened beverages, such as soda, lemonade, or iced tea, have excess calories and can contribute to weight gain. Diet soda is no better as new research shows it can actually lead to weight gain! Juice has a little more nutrition but is still comparable in calories to other sugar sweetened drinks. Crystal Light and other similar products are okay in moderation but probably shouldn’t be consumed frequently due to the artificial sweeteners and colorings they contain. Gatorade is only recommended if you are doing hard physical labor or exercise and have been sweating excessively. Water really is the best drink in the house. But it can get boring. A great alternative is fruit infused water (or as I call it frusion water). A quick internet search reveals thousands of recipes some including herbs. These waters are not meant to be sweet but to have a light fruity flavor, think cucumber water you get at the spa. Below is a simple and tangy recipe to get you started.

Raspberry Lime Infused Water
Berries1. Slice two limes and squeeze juice into a mason jar or pitcher.
2. Add a handful of raspberries and with a muddler or wooden spoon lightly press the berries to release some of their juice (but don’t crush them).
3. Fill the jar or pitcher with ice and add water to the top.
4. Stir and cover with mason jar lid or saran wrap.
5. Refrigerate. Allow water to infuse for about an hour and then enjoy!

Be sure to remove the fruit with a strainer after three to four hours to keep the flavor from getting too intense. The water will have a light pink color and subtle Limes and Lemonsraspberry lime flavor. You can use any fruit combination you like. I don’t recommend bananas as they get very mushy and hard to strain out. Fresh or frozen work equally well. Frozen will be the better choice when the fruit is not in season. Since frozen fruit is picked at the height of its ripeness you may find that it offers a sweeter flavor. Vary the quantity based on the size of the jar or pitcher you use and the intensity of the flavor you want.

Fruit infused water is quick and simple to make with limitless combinations and something the whole family can participate in making. And it’s a much healthier beverage choice.

Assorted fruit

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Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Wow! I can’t believe how easy, tasty, and economical it is to make your own yogurt! Having a family of five makes you find ways to stretch your dollar. So it makes sense to save in the kitchen, eat healthy, and it is especially satisfying to control the quality of ingredients that ultimately make up my delicious yogurt. Hope you enjoy mamas!

 

 

YOGURT RECIPE

Ingredients:
1 quart whole milk, nonfat, lowfat or unsweetened soy milk
1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt, has to have the live and active cultures

  1. Warm up your oven til it reaches 145 degrees, then turn it off
  2. In a large pot heat the milk until it reaches 180 degrees, I used a stable read thermometer, like the polder. Remove from heat so it can cool, keeping the thermometer in the pot.
  3. Once the temperature drops to 115 degrees, stir in the yogurt until it’s thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Cover the pot and place it in the oven and leave it undisturbed for 10 to 12 hours. I put a towel over it and closed the oven. (I like a thicker and tangier yogurt so I let the yogurt sit an additional 3 to 5 hours)
  5. Refrigerate yogurt for at least 3 hours before eating.

 If you want, you can make it into greek yogurt by straining it with a cheesecloth, bouillon strainer, or a yogurt cheese strainer for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator or how thick you want it to be (I spooned the yogurt into the yogurt cheese strainer because it’s easy, less messy and I like to use the other homemade yogurt to put in my green smoothies, homemade frozen yogurt, or put in my mashed potatoes). Then you can use the excess liquid (whey) to put in your smoothies or fermented vegetables.   You can reserve 1/4 cup of your homemade yogurt to start a new batch.

CREDIT: Thanks to one of my favorite fitness healthy real foods advocate instagrammers @fitalicious_me for sharing this recipe!

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[typography font=”Lobster Two” size=”20″ size_format=”px” color=”400040″]Meet Tricia[/typography]

Hello fellow moms and friends, welcome to Las Vegas Moms Blog! First, I’d like to introduce and give you a little background about myself for you to get to know me better.
I want to be clear with you that I’m NOT a professional chef/baker nor do I have any training in this field.  However, I can say I DO have years of experience with cooking and baking in my daily life.  I’m a homebody girl who enjoys doing these kinds of “at home” things.  I even take joy in cleaning!  And yes I also like arts & crafts, sewing, decorating, etc.  What can I say, I am truly my grandmother’s grand-daughter.  I guess I grew up subconsciously wanting to be like her.  When I was a child, all I knew was that she made activities around the house look fabulously fun. Twenty-nine years later, here I am finding myself genuinely happy living the domestic life!
I’m currently living in Las Vegas, with my wonderful husband and our two lovable dogs, Lilo a 5-year old female Shihtzu and Bachi, a 2-year old male English Bulldog.  When I first moved here, I never would have imagined my life could be quite like this.  First off, I had only planned on staying for a summer to unwind and have fun.  I told myself, I would go back to Colorado and finish my last year of college to receive a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.  Funny how things change.  I immediately found myself so at home and happier than I’ve ever been anywhere else.  I had an adventurous time exploring the city on and off the Strip, meeting new friends, and unexpectedly falling in love.  Everything just fell into place and I knew in my heart this is where I want to be.  I spontaneously made the decision to stay, even though it meant sacrificing school.  I know it sounds irresponsible and careless, but for once I actually felt in control of my life and that I was making a good decision for my overall well-being.

To this day, I absolutely have no regrets and now I look back and think that moving here was the best decision I have ever made.  In the past few years I have significantly grown and learned so much about myself and what I want in life.  Most importantly I realized that when you find your own peace, love and joy within, you become in harmony with everything else around you.  I’m a strong believer in pursuing what truly makes you happy.  I can honestly say I am at peace with everything in (and out of) my life.  I continue to thrive on learning new things, growing spiritually, and evolving intellectually.  With that said, I look forward to sharing these experiences with readers.

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