Today happens to be a day of updates, and a couple tea recipes I stumbled upon on Wanderlust that are absolutely phenomenal, beneficial to your health and falls wonderfully into my new healthy lifestyle I'm developing thanks to the #careergirlchallenge!
Keeping up with the diet and the exercises is a bit harder than I thought. The first couple days was the easiest but when we hit the need to do a 20 minute run (turned into a 20 minute fast walk) and the 50 burpees (which I had to look up) that was the worst for me. I was never much of an exercise girl. I would go to the gym but never do more than use the treadmill or the stepper for an hour. I have made adjustments to the diet plan, I don't have a taste for fish so I substituted with plain chicken which I think is a nice alternative. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with this, I'm a picky eater but I'm hopeful!
Black Cherry Iced Tea
When you eat cherries you are enjoying more than an amazing summer treat. They're packed with antioxidants and offer many health benefits including help with insomnia, joint pains and belly fat. Containing flavonoids and procyanidin they can help guard neuronal cells, reducing oxidant stress and fighting dementia. They help with warding off cancer, combat hypertension and strokes, discourage diabetes, fight cardiovascular disease and even helps battle jet lag. It's truly a summer drink worthy of celebrating.
4 cups brewed green tea
1 cup tart cherry juice
1 cup frozen, pitted cherries
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp agave (or sub for a few drops of raw stevia)
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp vanilla
Lemon wedges and frozen cherries, for garnish
HOW TO PREPARE:
Add all of the ingredients (minus the garnishes) to a blender and purée until combined. Serve with sliced lemon wedges and frozen cherries over ice. Serves 2-3 people
Dandelion and Pineapple Iced Tea
Dandelion tea has a really earthy, sweet flavor while providing a vast array of health benefits, making it a great start to an iced tea. The weed-like superfoods act as a diuretic, and helps maintain kidney health by clearing out excess water, salt and waste. Adding the Lime and Pineapple really balances out the earthy tastes creating a great refresher for those hot summer nights.
4 cups of hot water
3 dandelion tea bags (I use the vanilla variety)
Juice of 2-3 limes
1 cup of pineapple juice
Honey to taste
Fresh pineapple and limes, to garnish
HOW TO PREPARE:
Heat the water in a large kettle or pot until boiling. Remove the water from the heat, and add the teabags. Allow to steep for about five minutes. Cool for one hour.
Add the lime and pineapple juices and honey, if desired. Stir to incorporate. Serve over ice and garnish with lime wedges and pineapple Serves 2-3
Indian Mango Iced Tea
We all know India is known for their tea. While summer is a little to hot for a warm cup of Chair or darjeeling, this alternative version has all the consistency of chai but with the freshness of summer. Made with a mango purée it creates a silky and juicy iced tea for a perfect summer afternoon. Mangos are an absolute nutritional powerhouse and can aid in fighting cancer, alkalizing the body, regulating digestion, and strengthening the immune system. The benefits don't stop there! Mangos also possess glutamine acid, which helps to increase concentration and vitamin E which can help regulate the sex hormones and boost the libido.
2 medium sized mangoes
4 cups brewed black tea (I used a brand infused with lemon)
3/4 tbsp lemon juice
Organic unrefined cane sugar, agave, or stevia to taste
Mint leaves to garnish
HOW TO PREPARE:
Peel and chop the mangoes. Add them to a blender and purée until smooth. Add the black tea, lemon juice, and sugar then blend again. Serve in tall glasses with ice and garnish with mint if desired. Serves 2-3
Keeping up with a Corset
I've been neglecting my corset a bit more than I would like. I decided the best way to help create the overbust I want was to cut out the front pattern pieces and use muslin to drape on the form. What you do is cut out the basic shape but leave a lot of excess fabric on the top of the corset, pin the seam allowance together and then place on the grain line on your dress form. From here I proceed to shape the bust and use a colored pencil to draw out the desired effect. I can then take these pieces back to my original draft and make my adjustments.
I am still working on making all the necessary adjustments before I can even start to make the pattern pieces. I've had to raise the corset heigh significantly to meet the demand of what I want. From this point it's just needed to finish raising the height of the corset, make the pattern pieces and then create a mockup. My main concern is the shape of the back panels and the sides, I want it to be comfortable under the arm but still flow nicely. The back is supposed to be raise with a curve but I have a feeling that won't work with this corset it may look to awkward. Here's hoping I can get further along to have more to show you guys.
Please comment below what you do to get ready for summer and what your favorite summer snack is!