Monday, May 13, 2013
So this week I am starting a water workout class. Iam excited to be able to add some exercise into my mix of things. I'll also be heading back to hula class. Don't worry I'll still take it easy as I'm not 100% but I'm ready to get moving more again! I've felt pretty good lately and I'm managing my weight loss so that is a huge plus. As always I get side lined with things and this weekend was no exception. Being Mother's Day weekend...BY THE WAY ..HAPPY BELATED MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL WOMEN OUT THERE! :)
Mother's Day weekend I went down to visit with my Mom and family. I'm still on the no alcohol bit and was talking with a good friend of mine. She told me that her Doctor mentioned that sugar can cause inflamation in the joints. I did not know that....it just so happen I was telling her about Jamaica (HU MY CUH) A hibiscus drink very popular in the latin communities. Anyhow I've been drinking more lately and love love love it!
It is suppose to be a remedy for inflamation as well as high blood pressure. I've been drinking it for a few weeks. It's a great refreshing light drink. While some folks love adding a lot of sugar to it I prefer to keep it lighter but it can be tart. Just a warning :)
Anyhow here's a recipe I found and tried...super yummy refreshing for the summer..and good for you too? A bonus! It's a great way to get your water intake up too in the summer when you need a little flavor. OH and try it with a fresh squeeze of lime in it too! mmm so good~!
AGUA DE JAMAICA
• 2 cups (about 2 ounces) dried flor de jamaica (hibiscus flower calyces)
• 3/4 to 1 cup granulated cane sugar
• 8 cups water
agua fresca de jamaica
Bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a non-corrosive pot and add the flowers and the sugar. Stir to wet all the flowers and dissolve the sugar, and allow to boil for 3-5 minutes undisturbed.
Remove from heat, stir, and allow to steep and cool to room temperature for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Using a sieve over a pitcher, pour the liquid (with the flowers still in it) through the sieve to filter the flowers out. The flowers will have plumped up during rehydration. Press them against the sieve with your fingers or a spoon to extract any extra juice left inside.
Refrigerate. Yields about 6 cups of concentrated juice. When serving, cut with 50 percent water to dilute.