Beautifying Summer Drinks from The Beauty Detox Solution's Kimberly Snyder

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I wanted to share these wonderfully refreshing drink recipes from the lovely Kimberly Snyder. I first posted about her book The Beauty Detox Solution almost exactly a year ago. It is such an amazing book and if you want to really make a change in your life for the better that will improve you health and wellbeing inside and out I strongly recommend it. I only wish that I didn't have such abominably bad will power because I haven't managed to stick with the plan. A month doesn't go by that I don't think about finally committing to the change but I never seem to fail at coming up with excuses.

Anyways, enough about my display of inadequacy. Here are some yummy drink recipes that are a great alternative to the not so healthy options surrounding us this summer. These drinks not only taste great and are good for you but they are beautifying as well!

Iced Rooibos Mint Tea

Rooibos tea is high in antioxidants and flavonoids, so it promotes youthfulness and great skin. Over a little ice with mint and lemon, it’s a refreshing and detoxifying summer beverage.

·6 Rooibos tea bags

·One lemon, sliced

·Several leaves of fresh mint

·Stevia to taste

·1 gallon of boiling water

Pour water over lemon, teabags and mint leaves and steep, stirring occasionally, until liquid cools. Remove tea bags, pour into a pitcher, and refrigerate. Serve cool or over a little bit of ice.

Basil Lemonade

Lemons are high in vitamin C and promote alkalinity and cleansing in the body. The basil adds a refreshing flavor to this sugar-free lemonade.

·½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice

·4 cups of cold water

·1 cup of fresh basil leaves

·Stevia to taste

Place basil in the bottom of a pitcher and muddle it by slightly crushing the leaves. Combine lemon juice and water and pour over basil leaves. Add stevia to taste. Chill, and serve over ice.

Cilantro and Jalapeño Limeade

Cilantro is loaded with antioxidants and aids in detoxification, while jalapeno can help rev up your metabolism. Lime is high in Vitamin C.

·4-1/2 cups of water

·1 cup organic cilantro, washed and chopped

·2 large jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed and chopped

·1-1/2 cups of fresh lime juice

·Stevia to taste

·Lime slices for garnish

Pour water over cilantro and jalapenos. Steep for 30 minutes at room temperature, and then cover and chill for 3-4 hours. Strain the mixture into a pitcher and stir in lime juice. Add stevia to taste. Serve over ice garnished with lime slices.

Is it wrong that I want to add booze to all of these? *sigh*