There are so many beverages available to us every day. So many options. And we can have them either heated or cooled within just a few moments.
Coffee, tea, juice, pop, carbonated water – all with hundreds of varieties to choose from. It can actually get pretty confusing trying to figure out how to quench your thirst every day.
And we’re supposed to make the decision at least 8 times over during the course of a day. We are supposed to drink at least 8 cups of liquid in our days.
Some of those liquids will add a few unwanted ingredients into our bodies in the form of sweeteners or preservatives.
Caffeine can have a negative effect on some of us as well, while others are unaffected by it.
And then we all have our favourite beverages that we tend to reach for every day. Mine are herbal teas, lactose-free chocolate milk of any sort (except rice milk), and plain old water. I like the taste of Coke or Pepsi quite a bit too, but the other pops I can leave alone no problem.
As I’ve been trying to get to Simple, to get down to the basics and get rid of the clutter in all the areas of my life, my drink choices needed to get under the microscope along with everything else. I realized I was drinking quite a few cups of tea with caffeine in them instead of purchasing the decaffeinated variety. All this caffeine was most likely adding to my insomnia and anxiety issues. I was also reaching for a Coke or Pepsi much more often than I used to, also adding more caffeine (and sugar) to my body. Not cool. Needed to change.
I was reaching for water, but not nearly enough every day. I wasn’t drinking anywhere near enough liquids, let alone water, to meet the daily requirements needed to keep all the systems in my body functioning properly.
It helped to remember that clean water is a gift, that most people in our world don’t have that luxury, and for me all I have to do is turn on the tap. I don’t have to walk for miles, there is nothing harmful in my water, and it costs me so little compared to all the other beverage choices available. Water satisfies my cravings for efficiency in my days, health for my body, and frugality for my family. There is nothing more I could ask for.
Most of my daily requirements for liquid for my body are now met with water. I even got rid of the Brita filters because it just seemed to be another unnecessary step and expense in the process. There were complaints from the family for maybe a few days that the water tasted different, and that was it.
I have a general plan for getting 7 glasses of daily liquid into my body, and I’m hoping this will just become second nature over time. And there are days when it all flies out the window, but the point is to do your best with whatever your day brings. It helps to know there is a plan, and that I can get back to it any time. I also get water from fruit and vegetables I eat throughout the day.
Here’s the plan to drink 7 glasses of (mostly) natural ingredients every day:
- Glass of water when I wake up.
- Breakfast smoothie (recipe below).
- Glass of water mid-morning.
- Glass of water at lunch.
- Glass of water mid-afternoon.
- Glass of water at dinner.
- Mug of decaffeinated tea after dinner.
I have discovered a few ideas for naturally flavouring both hold and cold water – I’ll share those next week.
For now, here is our Breakfast Smoothie – 4 Servings recipe that our family been perfecting for months now. We all seem to like this variety, it accommodates my lactose-free needs, and has added benefits of healthy protein and fat to fill up growing boys during the school day. We change up the frozen fruit quite often to give variety to the smoothies. These are usually on the menu 4 times a week at our house, and 3 of us know how to make them, which means a much more simple morning for me!
Breakfast Smoothies – 4 Servings
- 1 ripe avocado (slightly squishy with no brown spots inside)
- 1 banana (can be thawed from freezer)
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts
- 2 cups frozen fruit (berries, peaches, apples, etc.)
- 1 cup orange juice
- Cut the ripe avocado in half and remove the pit. Squeeze all the green avocado pulp into the blender.
- Add banana to blender, peel removed.
- Add hemp hearts, frozen fruit, and orange juice to blender.
- Add enough water to fill to 1 – 1.25 litres on the outside blender measuring line.
- Pulse the ice cube crusher setting a few times to break up the frozen fruit, then blend for a few minutes until the smoothie is a uniform colour and consistency. You may still see tiny bits of frozen fruit – that is OK.
- Stop the blender, pour the smoothie mixture into 4 cups, and enjoy!