by QuickieChick Laurel House.
QuickieChick Laurel House drinking her Goddess Drink St. Patrick's Day isn't just about drinking until you're green in the face. It's also three days before the official start of Spring… cleaning. Combine the two: Green and Clean, and you can't help but explore the obsession-worthy trend of pressing, squeezing, shaking and juicing nutrient-packed fruits, veggies, and sprouts- with purpose! So what's yours?
I'm talking Bites and Sips with Benefits- the concept that everything you put in your mouth has more of a purpose than to fill (or fatten) you up, but can also help to energize, calm, beautify, make you feel sexy, help you focus, and, yes- detoxify your insides. Multitasking what you put in your mouth- that's the QuickieChick way!
And while the trend is to take a basket full of fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouts and grasses and press or juice them, there are tricks to reap the benefits without spending loads of cash on bulk fresh and perishable produce or pre-packaged juices. Here's a super easy, seriously beneficial detoxifying, energizing, workout-empowering, replenishing Green Goddess (and God) Drink… and thanks to the loads of Vitamin C, which has been shown to help flush alcohol from your system faster, this green drink just might help keep you from being green in the face on St. Patrick's Day.
2 cups Water
1 bag Green Tea
1 packet Tropical Emergen-C
1 tablespoon Perfect Food Green Powder
½ cup Aloe Vera Juice
Mix it all together with a fork, whisk, or even better- blend it for a completely smooth consistency.
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SIPS WITH BENEFITS
It's so simple, but drinking water dilutes and helps remove toxins, fills you up, hydrates your skin from the inside out, and helps maintain a youthful glow!
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Green tea is a powerful skin beautifying, naturally energizing, immune enhancing anti-inflammatory antioxidant that has been proven to prevent photo damage, improve elasticity, repair and strengthen the skin, and naturally shield from UV damage.
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Loaded with Vitamin C, zinc, antioxidants, electrolytes and B Vitamins, this so fab fizzy powder supports the immune system, naturally enhances energy without the crazy caffeine crash, is the perfect post-exercise drink helping to replace electrolytes lose from sweating, and just plain and simply makes you feel good.
Filled with vegetables, sprouts and grasses, this, yes very green powder that, yes, tastes like mowed lawn, is loaded with probiotics that help digestion and support immune function, helps to naturally clear out toxins (ahem- alcohol from the liver), internally deodorizes, and energizes. Try Garden of Life's Perfect Food- love!
Helps support healthy immune function, improves digestion and acts as a natural laxative, supports muscle and joint function, and maintains a healthy and fresh mouth and gums!
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Laurel House is a lifestyle author, expert, writer, personal trainer and the "QuickieChick." Her "quickies" are all about making the most out of every moment- whether it's a saddlebag-burning "Quickie Workout in Bed," a metabolism-boosting "Bites with Benefits" meal, or how to get a $150 spa-quality skin peel out of a $1 tomato and lemon at-home Refrigerator Facial. Her YouTube videos have received over 6 million views and now you can get even more Quickie Tips in her new book "QuickieChick's Cheat Sheet to Life, Love, Food, Fitness, Fashion and Finance on a Less than Fabulous Budget" (St. Martin's, May 2012).