Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Looking for something to calm you down before you call it a night? 

Consider adding chamomile tea to your nightly routine!  This ancient herbal tea is known for its calming effects.  Sipping on chamomile tea about one (1) hour before you are ready to go to sleep is a very relaxing way to wind down and prepare for sleep.  Drinking chamomile tea also enhances the quality of sleep because it contains antioxidants that promote drowsiness.  In addition, this tea is rich in antioxidants that are known to decrease inflammation and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

To enjoy the many benefits of chamomile tea, start by:

  1. Bringing 8 ounces of water to a boil.
  2. Place chamomile tea bag in water.
  3. Let it steep for about five (5) minutes.
  4. Add a little lemon or honey, stir and . . .

Sit down, relax, and slowly sip your tea.  In between sips, take three (3) long, deep breaths (inhale, hold your breath for 3 seconds, then exhale for 3 seconds, blowing your breath through your mouth, like you’re blowing out your birthday cake candles).  Inhaling the aroma of the tea can also help you feel calmer.  

Be sure to make your cup of tea about one (1) hour before bed so you can truly experience a more relaxed state and more restful sleep 😴.

~ Source, The Little Book of Rest (click here)

Cranberry Tea Recipe

This tea soothes my stomach and is what I drink just about every morning. It’s sweet and tangy, which is perfect for my sweet tooth that I seem to have every day. I hope you enoy this tea as much as I do.

  • 1/2 cup Diet Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon or Lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey (add after heat up above ingredients in mug)

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all ingredients, EXCEPT honey & heat up for 2 minutes in microwave. Add honey, stir & Enjoy!

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Mango Nutrients

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Our delicious Waianae Hayden Mangoes

Do you know that mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, helping to make them a superfood? Some nutrients in mango may help support your body’s immune system.

Add Mangos to Your Diet to Help Support a Healthy Immune System

In addition to their amazing fruity flavor, mangos contain several key nutrients which may help your body’s natural immune system to work properly. These include important micronutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. Just one 3/4 cup serving of tasty mango provides 8% of your daily Vitamin A, 8% of your daily vitamin B6, and 50% of your daily vitamin C!

Vitamin A in Mango

In addition to its crucial role in vision and skin health, Vitamin A plays a critical role in enhancing immune function and reproductive health.

Vitamin B6 in Mango

Vitamin B6 plays an important role in brain development and it is also involved in supporting immune function. Vitamin B6 improves the immune response by helping your body to make antibodies.

Vitamin B6 also helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels. Helps the body make hemoglobin, which carries the oxygen in red blood cells to tissues throughout the body and helps to maintain normal nerve function.

Vitamin C in Mango

It is well known that Vitamin C plays an important role in boosting immune function. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect body tissues from damage and helps keep the immune system strong.

Vitamin C has many additional important health functions. Vitamin C supports healthy cognitive and neurologic function. It is required for collagen formation and it increases the absorption of non-heme iron or the form of iron present in plant-based foods. Vitamin C is also important for wound healing and keeping gums and teeth healthy.

Three Essential Micronutrients in Mango – A, B6, C

Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C are essential micronutrients. This means that your bodies cannot manufacture them and therefore they have to be included in the food and drink you consume. You should be able to get all the vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. Adding mango to your daily regimen, whether in meals, in drinks (such as mango smoothie) or as healthy snacks, helps to get your required amount of these three key nutrients which help support a strong immune system.

More Mango Facts here.

~ Source: Mango.org

Mango Smoothie Recipe

Mango Smoothie
Delicious Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 2 cups frozen, fully riped mangoes (chopped into chunks)
  • 1 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon water

Steps:

  1. Combine above ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend on high speed for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Pour into 16 oz. glass (or insulated stainless steel water bottle)
  4. Enjoy!

Mango Fun Facts & More here.

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