Wednesday, 21 May 2014

#WIAW - Blueberry Ice Tea Lemonade

I mentioned last week during WIAW that I have been struggling to find a healthy balance during "Celebration Season". I love celebration season, but my tummy...not so much.

The truth is I like food and good food makes me happy! I honestly have next to no will-power when it come to something yummy. I eat food because I like the way it tastes. Which I know sounds kind of silly, but I definitely have friends (I am thinking of you Truly Jess and Candy Fit Kierston) who can stick a meal plan and clean eats like nobody's business - I am not one of those people... I have never been the type of person who can convince themselves to eat something just because it is good for you or because it is "on plan". I have to want to eat it, and generally that all comes down to taste and what I am craving.

That being said, I know I have to focus on my diet to keep my guts happy and healthy, so I am working on finding a happy medium. I have been traveling a bit for work and have busy life-wise lately which normally means that my fueling starts to get a little sloppy. So I am trying to be organized before I head out of town this weekend. I am actually heading to Windsor for Polar and the Heart Breaker Challenge. Anyone going to this? Come by and visit me at the Polar Booth! 100% of proceeds stay local and go to Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Cardiac Wellness and Pulmonary Rehab program - which you know I LOVE!

I have found a couple Vegan/Vegan-Friendly restaurants. I stocked up on a few healthy snacks to take on the road. And I planning to grab a big jug of Green Juice from Fresh to take on the road.

To manage my tummy troubles with just diet alone requires a lot of organization, which is one of the reasons I struggle when I get busy. So my goal this summer is work on finding alternatives that not only take care of my tummy, but are easy and also keep my tastebuds happy as well.

This has been one of my Spring favourites lately...

Blueberry Ice Tea Lemonade

It is really easy to make. I have been a long-time David's Tea fan, and it also happens to be dangerously located just up the street from my house. So it safe to say I often find myself there regularly sampling a ton of their delicious fruity loose-leaf teas. I always love their spring/summer flavours. I also happen to LOVE lemonade. The only problem is that most lemonade has quite a bit of sugar...aka something that can make my tummy angry. So lately I have mixing these 2 amazing things together. 
  1. I brew a big jug of David's Tea. My top 3 flavours are... Blueberry Jam, Just Peachy, and Pink Flamingo. A big jug (like the one pictured) usually requires 3 tea bags. And then allow the tea to cool
  2. I mix 3/4 cup of tea for 1/4 cup of lemonade. I typically use the Simply Lemonade brand.
You get all the delicious flavours but with just a fraction of the sugar. The tastebuds are happy, my tummy is happy, and it is easy to make. Win! Win! Win!

What are your summer favourites?

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten