Water with Super Powers

Water…boring!  Yeah, water is not fun, but whoa man it is so very important!  Here are just a few reasons why you should drink water daily:

  • It could aid weight loss.
  • It hydrates during exercise.
  • It keeps things moving, digestion-wise.
  • It can improve your mood.
  • It may help prevent headaches, naturally.
  • It keeps our kidneys working.
  • It energizes us.
  • It protects our joints and cartilage.

And the list goes on and on and on….

So how can I make drinking a TON of water every day a little more bearable??  I infuse yummy goodness into it!  I have tried a lot of varieties like strawberry-cucumber, mixed berries, and cucumber-lemon, but this one is a little extra special so I wanted to share it with you all.



     Grab your ingredients:

     – 8 – 9 cups of water

     – 1 medium cucumber (peeled and sliced)

     – 1 medium lemon (sliced)

     – 12 mint leaves

     – 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root

Mix everything together in a pitcher (don’t      you just love this one that my sister-in-law brought me back from her trip to Poland?!).  Let the water sit overnight in the fridge so that the flavors can infuse the water.  Drink a whole pitcher of this water every day to reap the best benefits!


So how about I tell you what’s so special about this water:

1 – Cucumber – It is good for your muscles (cucumbers contain silica which is necessary to keep connective tissue healthy).  It is good for your skin (the silica and antioxidants help your skin stay clear and supple).  It is low calorie (an entire cucumber averages 45 calories, so a few slices in your water is not adding many additional calories).

2 – Lemon – The health benefits of lemons are due to its many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein.  Lemon is a fruit that contains flavanoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer fighting properties.  It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion and many other problems, as well as improving the skin, hair, and teeth!

3 – Mint – Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation. The aroma of mint activates the salivary glands in our mouth as well as glands which secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. Mint is a naturally soothing substance, so it can alleviate the inflammation and temperature rise that is often associated with headaches and migraines.  Mint is a natural stimulant, and the smell alone can be enough to charge your batteries and get your brain functioning on a high level again.

and finally…


4 – Ginger Root – Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.


I mean with all those amazing health benefits you couldn’t call this water anything other than super powered!  Go ahead and whip up a batch, enjoy the refreshing flavor and all the health benefits!






Snack Hack

While we were in Florida this past week, my mom introduced Hubs to these Sargento Balanced Breaks Snack Packs.  He loved them!  And I loved that he was getting a serving of fruit, protein, and dairy all in one simple energy packed snack!


What I didn’t love so much about these snack packs was the price!  The suggested retail price is $3.69 for a 3-pack.  But never fear, mom to the rescue!  She mentioned that sometimes she just buys the pieces and makes up her own little snack packs.  Sometimes when I try this technique it ends up costing me the same amount of money, but more effort…ugh.  But I thought I would give it a try anyways…plus I could cater the snack packs to meet the finicky taste buds of my hubs.


So today we picked up a block of colby-jack cheese, a container of unsalted mixed nuts, and a package of dried berries.  The total cost for all the ingredients $9.17….yikes!  So after I put together our own Balanced Snack Packs, I sat down to crunch the numbers…was it worth it?

  Nuts Cheese Fruit Total Sargento
Calories 170 200 33 403 190
Fat 15 16 0 31 13
Sodium 0 340 0 340 180
Protein 6 14 1 21 7

Wait a minute!!  Something can’t be right!  How in the world are my nutritional facts almost DOUBLE what we would be getting from the Sargento Packs?!  So I went back and checked the serving sizes.  Found it!  The Sargento serving size is 43 grams and I had created 80 gram packs!  So my servings were actually 2 per pack!  When I look at the nutritional facts that way (per serving), it looks more like this:

  Homemade Sargento
Calories 201.5 190
Fat 15.5 13
Sodium 170 180
Protein 10.5 7

Well that’s more like it!  I see that as almost identical!  So now that I am satisfied with the nutritional content, lets go back to the price….


Sargento works out to $1.23 per serving…or if you get a $0.75 coupon, you are looking at $0.98 per serving.  Not bad…but let’s see how it looks on our end.  Was it worth the 15 minutes it took me to put the packs together?

I would say so!!  My personal balanced snack packs work out to $0.92 per serving (if you look at the double serving).  BUT, if you take serving size into account, it is only $0.46 per serving!!  WOWZA!  That was totally worth it to put together a healthy, balanced snack that the Hubs will actually eat!!  Try it out my friends!!