Wednesday, June 16, 2010

best tropical tea and airani recipes

Tropical tea

The perfect drink for a Melbourne Cup Luncheon, if you are trying to stay clear of the alcohol. (Lyn Battle)
Lyn Battle
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You need:
4 cups of orange juice
4 teabags
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
A pinch of grated nutmeg
1 small bottle/can of soda water
Lemon, lime or orange slices for garnish
Featured by:
Paula Tapiolas
This is a refreshing drink for the tropical north and the perfect drink for a Melbourne Cup Luncheon, if you are trying to stay clear of the alcohol.
In a saucepan on the stove, or in a microwave-safe bowl, bring the orange juice to the boil.
Add the teabags, lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, then remove the teabags. Chill well.
Add soda water just before serving in a nice glass with some citrus slice.


From Tessa Kiros’ ‘Falling Cloudberries‘
Cooling and refreshing - in a word, ideal for the hot, humid wether Singapore’s been having lately!
185 g not-too-thick plain yoghurt
125 ml ice-cold water
1 teaspoon dried mint
about 1/2 teaspoon salt
crushed ice
Mix together the yoghurt, water and mint, and season with the salt, checking for flavour and adjusting the salt to your taste. Scatter the crushed ice over the top and serve.

A major component to losing weight is to eat less food or in other words decrease your calorie intake. I know easier said than done, but small changes really can make a big difference. Gradual weight loss, between 1-2 pounds per week, is what is recommended to improve your chances of sustained weight loss. Fad diets encourage you to lose weight quickly and by drastic changes that are not sustainable. Sustainable weight loss begins with making small practical and realistic changes to the way you eat and your physical activity level. These small steps can lead to big changes that improve your health and quality of life.

Below are my personal favorite ways of cutting calories:
I know I’ll make the members of the “Clean Plate Club” cringe but don’t clean your plate. Stop eating once you feel full. If you are concerned about being wasteful save the leftovers for a snack or your next meal.
Share your meal. I must admit it does annoy my husband when I suggest we do this at a restaurant. Although, in the end we both leave the restaurant feeling satisfied and not uncomfortably full. Plus, we saved some money.
Stock your work desk with nutritious snacks so that you can resist the urge to hit the candy machines. Some of my favorite “in my desk snacks” include: dried cranberries, mini bags of microwave popcorn, and granola snack bites.
Limit yourself to 12-20 ounces of “fun fluids” per day. Fun fluids would include any type of drink that contains calories but very little nutrients such as regular pop, specialty coffee drinks, fruit drinks, and alcoholic beverages. If you can’t live without your caffeine and 12 ounces won’t do the trick switch to diet pop, or a “skinny” coffee drink.
Drink water. Often times we mistake hunger for thirst.
Chew gum. Often we eat because we are bored and not really hungry. Try chewing sugar free gum instead.
Eat slower. This is a tough one for me and I have to really think about it but it works. If I take my time and enjoy my food, I am able to notice my body’s cues and stop before I am overly full.
Popsicles aren’t just for kids. It’s summer and it is hot here in Nebraska. Sugar free popsicles are a low calorie way to refresh and hydrate.
This isn’t a way to cut calories but one of my favorite ways to burn calories. Always have a pair of walking shoes in your office. When you start to get tired, get up and walk around the building a few times. It is a great way to clear your mind and will make you a more effective employee. Go ahead and have your boss give me a call about this one.

How do you cheat calories? Share by posting a comment below.
This refreshing summer drink recipe won’t break your calorie bank. There are only 70 calories per serving.
Berry Lemonade Slush
4 servings
1/3 cup lemonade flavor drink mix (dry)
1/2 cup water
3 cups ice cubes
1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen, thawed
1. In a cup, mix together lemonade flavor drink mix and water.
2. Place ice cubes and strawberries in a blender. Pour drink mix into blender and process on high for 10 seconds.
3. Stop blender and stir with a spoon. Blend an additional 5 seconds or until smooth. Serve right away.
Nutrition Information per Serving: Calories 70, Total Fat 0 g., Saturated Fat 0 g., Cholesterol 0 mg., Sodium 10 mg., Total Carbohydrate 19 g., Dietary Fiber 1 g., Sugars 15 g., Protein 0 g., Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 50%, Calcium 0%, Iron 2%.

Chai, pronounced with a long "i" as in the word tie, is the actual word for tea in many countries. Chai tea is quickly becoming extremely popular in the West as people are becoming exposed to it as lattes in coffee and tea houses.

Chai tea is a rich and complex beverage that has been savored for centuries in many parts of the world, especially India.
In its most basic form, chai is black tea that is brewed strong with a combination of spices and is diluted with milk and sugar.
The spices vary from recipe to recipe, but usually consist of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper and ginger. Chai tea is traditionally consumed hot and sweet. The sweetness is needed to bring out the full flavors of the spices.
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How to Make Chai
Here is a simple recipe to make chai yourself at home. This is what you will need:
1 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 inch stick of cinnamon
8 cardamom pods
8 whole cloves
1/4 inch fresh ginger root (sliced thin)
2/3 cup of milk
6 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons of Darjeeling Tea leaves
Place water, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger in a pot and bring to a boil.
Cover and lower heat to low setting and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add milk and sugar and again bring to simmer.
Next, add the tea leaves, remove from heat and cover.
Let steep for 3 minutes and strain. Enjoy cooking!

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