“Lemons. He liked lemons.” – Nick Harkaway (via goodreads)
The start of a new year only means one thing – resolutions. For many of us, we begin a new year with promises of a better and healthier version of ourselves. If I’m being completely honest, I don’t think that there has ever been a year where I actually kept my new year’s resolution. For example, one year I swore to be less addicted to my AIM account, yet in less than a week, I was up until midnight, chatting with my friends. Another year, my best friend and I swore to the high heavens that we would work out to get a beach bod’ for the summer, yet two days later, we were found relaxing at a nearby café, trying to rationalize why we couldn’t go to the gym that day.
If growing up and going to college has taught me anything, it’s that new things should always begin on a random day. As a New Yorker, going to school in Pennsylvania has taught me how privileged I am, to have access to clear tap water, i.e. tap water in PA is akin to that thick and gross mineral water you would buy at the bodega. Consequently, the only way to stomach PA water was to make a healthier alternative to lemonade that strangely tasted really good, as well as a lemon detox tea that’s perfect for shedding that extra salt and water weight that keeps your feeling bloated.
The lemonade alternative is an easy and refreshing way to spruce up your daily water consumption. We all know that the key to clearer and healthier skin, as well as overall health, is through drinking water. However, drinking water becomes monotonous over time, so we’re easily tempted into drinking iced lattes and sodas, which sets us back on our daily water requirement. So, to make drinking not a chore again, listed below is my super simple recipe to help meet your daily water needs.
- 5 lemon slices
- 20 fl. oz. ice
- 14 fl. oz. cold water
- 1 tsp. honey – optional
In a large water bottle, add the lemon wedges before adding the ice. Next, add the water, and honey, if desired. Cap the water bottle and shake bottle thrice, turning it upside down, so that the lemon juice can be slowly infused into the water.
The lemon detox tea is another easy way to get your daily water consumption, especially when it’s colder out. Below is my recipe for a tea that can wash away some of your bad decisions, like the time you had three too many slices of pizza.
- juice of 1 lemon
- pinch of ground ginger
- pinch of ground cloves
- pinch of ground mint
- 1 cup hot water
- ½ tsp. honey – optional
In a mug, mix the lemon juice, ginger, cloves, and mint. Pour hot water and stir to combine. If desired, wait a couple of minutes to add the honey.
Most tea recipes that include honey usually add it before pouring the hot water, but I would advise otherwise. A few pre-med and biology majors have told me that when honey comes into contact with extremely hot things, it can become a carcinogenic, and frankly, we’re not trying to increase our chances of cancer just so we can sweeten our drinks. And anyways, we don’t need it, considering how much sugar we consume to begin with.
the girl who is trying to keep her resolution this year