Blueberry & Lavender Honey Lemonade

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In this month's Hatchery box, I received something special, Lavender Honey! I am a sucker for anything flowery tasting so this was PERFECT for me! I decided it would go extremely well with a lemonade, and then also wanted to add blueberry for extra flavor and color. This lemonade is perfect for the end of summer, especially since today in Los Angeles, it was HOT out.

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Click read more to view the full recipe and BENEFITS (yes, benefits! This recipe is great for your systems especially for flus, colds or energy!) for this lemonade as well as an unboxing and description in what is in this month's box of ingredients.

Blueberry Lavender Honey Lemonade

Makes about 4-6 cups

What you'll need:

  • 5 Cups Water
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 2 T Honey Lavender (or to taste, at the end I drizzled a little more in)
  • Pink Himalayan SEA salt (any other type of sea salt is fine)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries

How:

  • In a pot on medium heat, simmer the blueberries, 1 cup of water and 1/4 of sugar until it boils and the sugar is dissolved
  • Bring the heat to low and add in the 2 T of lavender honey
  • Let sit for a couple of minutes, turn off the fire and add in a little less than 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • Allow the syrup mixture to sit for about 10-20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a pitcher, juice your 2 lemons and add 4 cups of water, stir
  • Strain the blueberry honey mixture into the pitcher and place in the fridge until cooled
  • You can add more water to dilute it depending on how sour/sweet you want your lemonade
  • Save some blueberries and lemon slices for garnish, and pour some ice cubes in a glass and pour!
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Benefits:

  • Lavender Honey is rich in Tyrosine. Tyrosine is used to make neurotransmitters and these can help prevent brain conditions. The Lavender Honey from New Kirk Honey is raw, unfiltered so it still contains all of its original enzymes and nutrients. Benefits of honey in general give you energy, helps with allergies, helps memory, helps with sleep and more! Just to name a few!
  • Blueberries are antioxidants. They can also help prevent aging, may lower blood pressure and heart disease and give a great dose vitamin C.
  • Lemon relieves anxiety, cleans blood, weight loss and helps digestion.
  • If you wanted you can substitute the sugar for more honey to make this even healthier.

Now onto the items in this month's HATCHERY BOX! 

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Yai's Thai Medium Thai Salsa http://www.yaisthai.com/

Salsaology Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce http://salsa-ology.com/

Newkirk Honey Lavender Honey http://www.newkirkhoney.com/

Greenpoint Trading Co. Jerk Seasoning http://www.greenpointtrading.co/

Sir Kensington's Classic Ketchup http://sirkensingtons.com/

And of course, hatchery.co to sign up for monthly subscriptions!

Benefits of Hot Water, Lemon & Honey

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Hot water, lemon and honey is a drink that should be incorporated into your daily lives. This drink is beneficial in many aspects and can help with several issues you are having and also prevent issues from occurring. The way to make this drink is to pour 1 cup of hot water, the juice of 1/2 a lemon and 1 spoon of honey. Mix around and drink!

Benefits:

  • Stimulates digestive system
  • Weight loss: The lemon provides as a stimulant for weight loss and that helps speed up your metabolism: this drink is high in pectin fiber and this helps you fight hunger cravings 
  • Energy: gives you an energy bump through the honey which acts as a energy booster, water helps keep the mind flowing (lymphatic system), and the lemon is important in digestion, which allows the elimination of toxins which increases your energy 
  • Clear skin and glow: the lemon cleans your blood and aids in the production of new blood cells and this creates a cleaning agent which shows through on your skin to give you that glow! 
  • Mood enhancer: the lemon smell can relieve anxiety
  • Balances PH levels: the lemon removes the acidity in your body which is what can cause inflammation and pain 
  • Limits colds and flus: boosts your immune system through vitamin C and potassium 

One of the Many Wonders of Water

FullSizeRender-2Many studies have been shown that writing positive affirmations and pictures on your water increases the love and type of water in the actual water crystals, which makes the water fresher, happier and this results in all the major benefits of water. Harsh words make the water crystals fall apart, get dark and dismantle. And stronger words initiate "glowing" water crystals. Our thoughts and positive thinking on our water make a major difference in the type of water consumed, and this can also show evidence into our daily lives. If negative words ruins the water we are drinking, then imagine how powerful our own personal thoughts are about ourselves and our personal lives! FullSizeRender-1

Here are some water crystal studies:

Taken from High Existence "The Water Experiment", they discuss a 1990's study on the negative and positive thoughts on water crystals.

Top is negative words, for example, "You are not worthy", bottom is positive words

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In the picture above it shows the difference in water crystals. Look at those differences from dark, dead and ruined water crystals to positive words showing glowing and diamond like water crystals.

Well sure we aren't going to speak to our water bottles in the middle of work, on our commute or waking up, but there is another way we can enforce positive thoughts into our water and that is writing on our water. It can be as simple as a smiley face or a heart. By observing the study shown above, you can see this has a strong impact on the water crystals and evidently shows what type of water you will be drinking.

Below is a video of the study in pictures:

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 Try it out and post a picture in the comments or e-mail us a picture, we'd love to see your creations! Looking forward to seeing the positive writings on your water! :)

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Juicing

IMG_2780 The new "FAD" is juice diets, juice cleanses and the obsession with just drinking fresh juice, pressed juice, fruit juice, green juice and all types of juice. Many juice places offer daily juice cleanses for one or three or more days, for an OKAY price. However, making juice at home is cheaper and makes a ton more juice. Juicing at home has many pros and cons, however, the pros override them because you can be saving money, however, it does take more effort, cleaning and time. I personally make a lot of juices at once for the next day or two, longer than that, it won't be so fresh!

I personally do both because I just have a juicer, and I like pressed juice. Pressed juice keeps more nutrients in the juice, giving your body more, however, the juice you'll be making at your house, is still great. You can also purchase a pressed juice juicer.

Drinking fresh juice keeps me hydrated and energized, and makes me feel great after a yoga session or working out, or even just before starting work.

Below are my three favorite juice recipes that I make at home:

(Tip: sometimes when getting juice at a place, I will take a picture or a pamphlet of the juices so I can go home and use the exact fruits, it tastes the same every time!)

About 1 cup v

Pineapple, Apple, Mint, Lemon

half a pineapple, 1 1/2 apples, a pile of mint and a whole lemon

I like my juice lemony but this may be too lemony so subject to taste you can add more apples or pineapple.

Pineapple, Apple, Mint, Lemon, Mango

Same as above but add 1 Mango.

Greens

Bunch of Cilantro, Kale, Spinach

Couple of Cucumbers

Half a Pineapple

Half a Lemon

Citrus

2 Oranges

Bunch of baby carrots

2 lemons

2 cucumbers

Bunch of Ginger (Ginger has many health benefits, included, helps with stomach pains, joint pain, nausea, and absorption of nutrients in the body!) I definitely fit this in my juices whenever I can.

I realized adding a ton of fruits and veggies may just become overpowering and not as good, so I've been sticking to really simple and a few options in my juice and they taste better this way.

Sometimes I will add water or add coconut water to these juices because they can be pretty strong and that makes the flavor fresh and a little bit more subtle!