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A Drink for Every Mom

A Drink for Every Mom

The best way to celebrate Mother's Day? A cocktail specially made for her

Mother's Day cocktails for every mom in your life.

Mom may know best (or the best way to make us crazy), but on Mother's Day, we know it’s best to make her feel special. Some moms prefer wine, some cool moms prefer beer (and to that, we salute you), and still other moms prefer their cocktails.

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Mother’s Day is the perfect time to break out those brunch cocktail and Bloody Mary recipes you’ve been saving up all this time. The weather’s just getting nice out, and a spring cocktail will do just the trick. But what if you could give your mom the truest expression of who she is, with a cocktail? From a Soccer Mom Punch to a "Mom-osa," there’s a cocktail recipe for every kind of mom out there.

We'll sip these specialty cocktails in her honor (or her horror). Side note: they may make your time with the family a little more bearable, too. Whether mom is a health freak, a homemaker, or on permanent holiday, we've compiled a list of beverage recipes to fit her specific style and make this Sunday special.

Infused Detox Water Recipes

Infused water recipes for detox and cleansing the body! These flavored water recipes will help you stay hydrated, nourished, cleansed, and are excellent if you are trying to stick to a low-carb diet and cut sugars!

Drinking flavored water is an essential part of my everyday. Each morning I start off with warm lemon water the moment I wake up 20 minutes before coffee. Then throughout the day you can find me sipping on any one of these detox water recipes, with lemon mint cucumber water and plain lemon water being one of my favorites. Sometimes it seems like I just can not get enough water, especially during the warmer months when the heat literally sucks the nutrients and hydration right out of our bodies!

Dehydration can lead to muscle cramping, breakouts, constipation, fatigue, bad breath and headaches. Which can most likely be cured by drinking a little bit more water.

If you have a hard time choking down a glass of water, these infused water recipes will change that. They are delicious, refreshing and beneficial all around! If you do not like the fruits and vegetables floating around, you can purchase a good infused water pitcher like this one. It is wonderful for separating the produce while stilling getting the flavor benefits.

My Juicing Routine and EASY Cleaning Juicer:

With three kids, preparing three meals a day from scratch, and homeschooling, this season of life cries for convenience. Not everyone will agree with this, but I have chosen to FREEZE my juices after juicing them in bulk. I freeze my juices in 8 ounce or 16 ounce mason jars (leaving a 1-inch space at the top for expansion) and keep them in the back of my freezer. Freezing immediately and leaving little room for air helps maintain the enzyme activity and vitamin and mineral potency of the juice.

To thaw the juice, place the jar in a bowl of room temperature water up to the lid. It should be ready to drink in 2-3 hours. For quicker thawing you can empty water after 30 minutes and immerse the jar in warmer water.

My favorite juicer, primarily because it takes about 4 minutes to clean with hot water and a scrub brush (and can also be washed in the dishwasher,) is the Breville Juice Fountain Elite.

On the day that I make my bulk juice, I drink a glass fresh and then immediately freeze the rest. My three daughters also drink these juices (I lessen or leave out the broccoli and cabbage for them,) but everything else is tolerated if not loved around here. (A quick MOM tip: I found that introducing slightly sweet vegetable juice to my babies around 1-year-old has led to them loving juice as they have grown.)

Before we get to the recipes, I warn you ahead of time: I’ve gotten REALLY used to drinking juices and smoothies that aren’t immediately tasty. As in….I’m used to drinking kind of gross-tasting juices. If you are new to juicing, I would try juicing something simple first, such as an apple-carrot juice blend.

Also, if you are on the Gerson Therapy or using juice for healing cancer, these juices are great, but please follow the guidance of your healing practitioner.

***These recipes will make anywhere from 12-20 ounces of juice depending on the size of the vegetables you juice. To juice and freeze in bulk you can triple or quadruple these recipes.***

16 Hilarious Mother's Day Memes That Mom Will Totally Get A Kick Out Of

May 13 is almost here, and we all know what that means. It's time to make a brunch reservation and pick out your Mother's Day card quick because the big day is this Sunday. After you make a pit stop at your local drug store, don't forget to pick out a hilarious Mother's Day meme to post on your 'gram. Whether you have a mom, are a mom, or just love moms, celebrate this beautiful holiday by giving a shout out for the number one mom in your life.

Maybe post a meme that makes fun of Mother's Day gifts or a meme to acknowledge that you're grateful for what your mom went physically went through to give birth to you. Either way, it will be sure to make every mother laugh, even if they're not your own. When picking a Mother's Day meme, you want one that will be a big hit with all the mothers — new mothers, seasoned mothers, stepmothers, and grandmothers — something they all can relate too and one that they won't be able to help sharing with all their other mommy friends.

So take a look at this list of hilarious Mother's Day memes, tag your mom, and post one to your social media account. Oh, and don't forget to actually call all your mothers, too. No meme is better than a phone call, although it is a close second.

Magnesium Bicarbonate Water Recipe

Here you will discover the magnesium bicarbonate water recipe and how to start using it to improve your health. It will also help improve your mental abilities. Studies show it not only improves health, it can make you smarter, possibly help you live longer and help you learn faster.

Science at the End of this section.

Are you low in magnesium? You can be low because you are not taking in enough, your body is not absorbing it well or something is depleting it. More on Magnesium Supplements Here

According to the RDA women need between 310 to 320 mg of magnesium daily. Men need between 400 to 420 mg of magnesium daily. Most practitioners recommend that you not take more than these amounts without knowing your magnesium levels. The best test to know your level is the erythrocyte magnesium level test or Magnesium Blood Test. According to the experts, any other test is only a guess. however, it is expensive and rarely considered when testing peoples magnesium levels. Thus, most doctors recommend no more than what your minimum requirement is.

The magnesium bicarbonate recipe will help you make a form of magnesium that is easily absorbed. It is easy to create right in your kitchen.

If you are under a doctors care, make sure this is OK to use. Remember, even though a little is good, more could be hazardous to your health.

Contraindications: Don't Take Mag If You.

have kidney disease or kidney dysfunction

are on blood pressure medications

have Myasthenia Gravis

are on antibiotics

have a slow heart rate

Only Take With Your Doctors Supervision if you are on.

Diabetes Medicine: Glipizide (Glucotrol), Glyburide (Micronase, Glynase, Diabeta). Magnesium supplementation can lower your blood sugar. Low blood sugar may cause tremors (shaking), hunger, sweating, headache, heartbeat skips, confusion, nervousness, tiredness and vision problems. Doctors may use magnesium to help lower the dosage of certain diabetic medications. Only take mag supplementation under a doctors supervision if you are currently under a doctors care.

Neurontin: May result in decreased absorption of both the drug and the neurontin.

Doxycycline: Mag may make the doxycycline less effective. It is recommend to take the magnesium up to 3 hours before or after taking the medicine.

Minocycline: May make the drug less effective/ Recommended: take supplements 1-3 hours before or after taking the drug.

Tetracycline Hydrochloride: May make the drug less effective. Take mag 1-3 hours before or after taking the drug. The magnesium bicarbonate water recipe could make drugs you are on work either better or worse, resulting in unfavorable outcomes.

Magnesium Bicarbonate Water Recipe Ingredients

Note: Because MOM is difficult to find in many places, we found an optional way to make your own. A Optional Mag Bicarb Recipe

You will need two and at best, three things.

1 Bottle Milk of Magnesia (MOM)

Look for MOM that has no flavoring and no ingredients other than purified water. If the bottle has listed under inactive ingredients sodium hypochlorite (bleach) then you don't want to use it. Under inactive ingredients it should only say purified water.

MOM comes in different strengths. Get the bottle that has 400 mg to 595 mg per teaspoon (5 ml) or it will read 1200 mg per 15 ml (1 tablespoon). The water listed as the "inactive ingredient" should be 41.7% by weight.

This will provide in 1 tablespoon (1 TBS = 15 ml), 1200 mg of Mg of magnesium hydroxide. You will be using 45 ml or three tablespoons for a total of 3600 mg hydroxide in the 1 liter bottle. However, as to the actual magnesium, it will be 400 to 595 mg per teaspoon / 1200 - 1800 mg per tablespoon (3 x teaspoon). The total amount of magnesium is the dose of magnesium for the entire liter bottle.

1 Liter Carbonated Water.

The magnesium bicarbonate water recipe requires unflavored carbonated water or club soda. Examples include Schweppes Club Soda and Canada Dry Seltzer. It will only have water and carbon dioxide. The club soda has a small amount of sodium.

The third thing we recommend is a glass 1 gallon jug to store it in until it is consumed.

1 Gallon Glass Bottle for Storage

The 1 liter plastic bottle of carbonated water will serve to mix the MOM. Once you mix the MOM with the seltzer water, it becomes magnesium bicarbonate. Most people, following the Water Cures Protocol, drink their water at room temperature. To avoid any risk of plastic leaching, the glass bottle is the safest way to store the magnesium water once made. Do not make in the glass bottle to prevent the risk of breakage when under pressure.

Magnesium Bicarbonate Water Recipe

Note: ml is the liquid measure of the MOM, mg is the amount of magnesium in the liquid measure.

Chill the carbonated water for at least 1 hour in the fridge.

Shake the MOM vigorously. In the soufflé cup that comes with the bottle, measure out 3 TBSP - 45 ml (which is 1200 mg x 3 = 3600 mg and up to 1800 mg x 3 which is 5400 mg of magnesium). The bottle I was able to obtain had the 595 mg of magnesium per teaspoon or, to make it easier, I will round it up to 600 mg per teaspoon. Three teaspoons to a table spoon makes 1800 per TBS or per every 15 ML. So, 45 ml or three table spoons (TBS) makes 5400 mg of magnesium. If your MOM has only 400 mg of magnesium per teaspoon, you will end up with 3600 mg of magnesium per 45 ml or tablespoon of MOM.

Take the refrigerated bottle of carbonated water and remove the cap. The less CO2 lost the better so do not stop to watch the tiny bubbles if you are obsessive compulsive challenged like me.

Pour the 3 TBSP - 45 ml of MOM with a total of 3600 to 5400 mg of magnesium into the 1 liter bottle. Replace the cap.

Shake the bottle well. Shake it for about 15 to 30 seconds. The bottle will be cloudy. This is part of the process. Return to the refrigerator.

If you are a practical joker, then you can have some fun as you watch peoples eyes get big as you shake a bottle of seltzer water for a half minute. Or, you can see if you truly have the trust of a loved one as you ask them to shake it before putting it in the fridge.

After about 30 minutes, again shake the 1 liter bottle. Any MOM at the bottom will now be mixed and suspended in the water. The bottle may become cloudy again. Shake for 15 to 30 seconds and return to the fridge.

No need to worry about a soda explosion. The chemical reaction will make the bottle collapse or cave in slightly once the chemical reaction is complete.

The Magnesium Bicarbonate Water

You now have dissolved (ionized) magnesium hydroxide and bicarbonate. No need to worry if there is any un-dissolved magnesium hydroxide on the bottom.

What is Milk of Magnesia
MOM is basically magnesium oxide, the ashes left over once the metal magnesium has burned. Once these are added to water, the oxide becomes hydroxide or oxide + water. Magnesium, while a metal, has a unique property, it can catch on fire. While it burns, it makes it's own oxygen so the fire cannot be put out with water or normal fire extinguishers. It will even continue to burn if totally submerged under water.

The magnesium bicarbonate water recipe produces 3600 to 5,400 mg of magnesium and in 33 ounces of bicarbonate water.

If you use a 2 liter bottle, you will double the amount of the MOM you use to make it. If you use a 3 liter bottle of seltzer, you will need to triple the amount of MOM you use to make it. Remember, the MOM takes up space so remove one cap full for every cap of MOM you will be adding to the bottle.

Magnesium Bicarbonate Drinking Water

Each 1 liter bottle has 33 ounces of liquid with 3600 to 5400 mg of magnesium depending on how much MOM per ml is in the MOM bottle you started the mix from. Each ounce at this ratio has about 110 -160 mg of magnesium. To reach the needed levels, a man will need about 3 1/2 ounces (for the lesser) to 2.5 ounces (for the greater amount of magnesium) and a woman will need about 3 ounces (for the lesser concentration of magnesium)to 2 ounces (of the greater concentration) of the liquid.

How Much of the Concentrate per Glass?

If 1 ounce = 2 Tablespoons. then.

Men: To your drinking water, you will add 7 tablespoons and for the greater mix you will add 5 tablespoons (74 ml) of the concentrate.

Women: 6 tablespoons of the lesser and 4 for the greater concentrate.

According to the RDA.

Women need between 310 to 320 mg of magnesium daily.

Men need between 400 to 420 mg of magnesium daily.

If you eat a lot of vegetables, you may be getting up to 200 mg of magnesium. Especially chocolate, mushrooms, brown rice, almonds, hazelnuts, spinach and Lima beans.

If your a woman, based on these numbers, about three 8 ounce glasses will complete your needs (3 x 32mg = 98 mg magnesium + 200 mg from diet).

Yes, you can take it all at once but as you will learn below, it is better if you take it in divided doses. So, depending on the number of bottles of water you drink each day, divide it between those bottles.

How Good is the Mag Bicarbonate Recipe?

The Alkaline Mineral Ions

Alkaline mineral ions which include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and others are poorly absorbed by our bodies. As a result of this poor absorption, they end up becoming either plaques, deposits in joints, and acid waste that becomes sequestered in fatty tissue. They can cause or result in degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis and atherosclerosis. What if there was a better way?

When the alkaline ions are combined with a carrier or more accurately a buffer, in this case, a bicarbonate, they become more readily absorbed. The result is the buffering and absorption that can reduce arterial plaques and calcification of arteries. Bicarbonates can help to carry all of the above alkaline minerals and at the same time, the minerals help carry the bicarbonate.

Magnesium Bicarbonate

In 2002 the Australian biochemist Dr Russell Beckett released a product he called Unique Water. It was created as magnesium bicarbonate. The product came from years of anti-aging research. Animals southeastern Australia were found to live 30 – 50% longer than other animals in the same region. Eventually, the water was discovered to have a remarkably high level of magnesium bicarbonate. Springs in this area that were used to feed the oldest cows had this most magnesium bicarbonate in the water they drank.

The bicarbonate and magnesium in the water and the lack of magnesium as we age connection was obvious.

Research with the newly created water found a reduction of incidence of colds and flu with much less sever symptoms. This could be due to the causative agents are most often thrive in an acidic range. By taking the bicarbonate, the bicarb reserves in the body improved while at the same time, it helps with the absorption of the magnesium which is responsible for over 300 other functions within the body. Likewise, the magnesium has been found to aid in the absorption of the bicarbonate.

Additionally, later clinical trials found positive results in blood chemistry, including improved albumin levels and a beneficial effect on the parathyroid hormone which plays a role in osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and atherosclerosis.

Albumin is the main protein created in your liver. It is responsible for numerous functions, especially maintaining the colloid osmotic pressure (COP) inside your blood and lymph vessels. COP helps keep fluid within the vessels instead of leaking into tissue causing puffiness or edema. Clue: This may be a part of helping, along with the Water Cures Protocol to end edema.

The end result is that the combination seems to buffer each other with a result of balancing the water. This in turn helps with metabolic functions that are compromised as we age, resulting in many of the ailments we experience.

Notes on Absorption: According to "Intestinal Absorption and Factors Influencing Bioavailablity of Magnesium-An Update" "The absorption of Mg2+ is impaired in people with gastrointestinal disorders (Celiac Disease (CD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) because of malabsorption syndrome."

How Much / How Often?

The above study found that in several human studies there was a greater bioavailability when a little Magnesium was consumed over the span of a day rather than being consumed all at one time. Ekmekcioglu et al. (2000) found the greater magnesium absorption was obtained with the lowest amount consumed. This was not on pet lab rats, it was using people. So, instead of taking 400 at one time, consider taking just 4 ounces of mag-bicarbonate water (100 mg magnesium for men) in your regular drinking water but do it 4 times a day for best absorption / best benefit.

Cost Depending on the size of the bottle of MOM and price you pay including the seltzer, this ends up costing around $5 per month (plus some time) vs other magnesium supplements that can cost starting at $10 per month or more for similar dosing amounts. This is based on around 400 mg of magnesium citrate, one of the more absorable forms.

Best Pregnancy Smoothie Recipes

Here are our top recipes for easy pregnancy smoothies that you just have to try!

#1 – Berry Smoothie for Pregnancy

Berries are packed with antioxidants, boost heart health, and are high in fiber.

Ingredients for Pregnancy Berry Smoothie:

#2 – Pregnancy Protein Smoothie

This smoothie will satisfy your chocolate cravings, help you feel full, and give you the essential protein and nutrients.

Ingredients for Strawberry Pregnancy Protein Smoothie:

#3 – Breakfast Smoothie for Pregnancy

Busy mornings often mean running out the door skipping breakfast, or picking up a less than healthy one. But to stay balanced as a pregnant mom, eating a healthy breakfast is an absolute MUST! Try this healthy breakfast fruit smoothie for pregnancy!

Ingredients for Pregnancy Breakfast Smoothie:

#4 – Emerald Green Smoothie

This green smoothie for pregnancy is a great and easy way to add nutrients to your day!

Ingredients for Green Pregnancy Smoothie:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla Almond milk

1 big handful of organic spinach (or mixed greens)

#5 – Pregnancy Date Smoothie for Labor

This pregnancy superfood smoothie is special because it contains one little pregnancy superfood that has many benefits for preparing the body for childbirth. Adding this delicious fruit to smoothies is perhaps one of the easiest ways to get ready for labor – all you need is a few simple ingredients and a blender.

Ingredients for Pregnancy Labor Smoothie:

1-2 cups cherry berry frozen fruit mix

1 cup of mixed baby greens

Eating healthy smoothies during pregnancy is a great and delicious way to get all of the right nutrients for you and your baby. The smoothies in our list are easy to make, delicious, and provide all of the right nutrients. Remember to make sure your smoothies include:

  1. Real food ingredients
  2. Protein and healthy fats
  3. Protein powder like this protein powder just for pregnant Moms
  4. Pregnancy superfoods
  5. Fruits low in sugar

Mom's Best Recipes

"My mom never used recipes," says Sara Foster, author of The Foster's Market Cookbook. "After I moved away, she'd talk me through the steps on the phone, saying things like, 'Add flour until it looks like the right consistency.' She still cooks by memory today."

Lidia Bastianich, the host of Lidia's Italy on PBS and owner of Felidia in New York City, shares her mother's recipe for Asparagus-and-Rice Soup. And Frank Stitt, chef-owner of Highlands Bar & Grill, Bottega, and Chez Fonfon in Birmingham, Alabama, recalls his mother's Lamb Shanks with Sweet Peas and Mint.

"It was always a treat to open my lunch box and discover that my mom had packed my favorite 'healthy' sandwich," says Nancy Silverton, founder of La Brea Bakery and co-owner of Pizzeria Mozza, both in Los Angeles.

Rick Bayless &mdash author of Mexico: One Plate at a Time &mdash says his mother, Levita, was one of those cooks who relied on a few delicious go-to recipes. "She had one special-occasion dish that she called her egg soufflé," says Bayless. "We've made it since time immemorial in my family."

Best Drinks to Treat Diarrhea

Although there is no alternative better than water to keep you hydrated when suffering from diarrhea, there are a few best drinks to treat diarrhea. Here are some best drinks to rehydrate after diarrhea and even during the condition.

1. Electrolyte Drink

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On the contrary, psyllium quickly absorbs water and turns into a compound that helps relieve condition such as diarrhea, cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight loss.

Why Does it Work?

It helps in relieving diarrhea due to its water-absorbing property that increases the thickness of stools. Psyllium is also known to slow down the passage of stool through the colon. Surprisingly, psyllium can relieve one from diarrhea as well as constipation as it helps in normalizing the bowel movement.

How to Use?

You can use psyllium seed water to help relieve diarrhea. All you need to do is add psyllium seed with water and drink it.

How Much to Use?

You should only take recommended psyllium seed water every day. As it is a soluble fiber, it acts as a supplement. Therefore, drinking one glass should suffice. However, one should consult the doctor for a prescribed intake.

21 Yummy, Non-Alcoholic Punch Recipes For Baby Shower

Her loved ones and friends! What else would a mother-to-be want at her baby shower? Well, food and drinks, of course! Now, when we say drinks, we are referring to some harmless fruit punches, juices, and mocktails, which will definitely give the mother-to-be an energy kick and let her have some awesome fun!

There are quite a few recipes that you could try, including the pink and blue colored drinks. While a girl need not necessarily like pink and a boy blue, you could choose anyone of our multiple themes. We bring you a list of non-alcoholic baby shower punch recipes, which are not literally the knockout ones but are flavourful and tasty. What’s more? Use these to flaunt your hosting skills and win everyone’s heart.

Herbal Teas:

Though ordinary teas could contain a high amount of caffeine, herbal teas help in detoxifying the body. However, do not give these herbal drinks to children every day. Reserve them for the days when they have a digestion problem or a cold / throat infection

Though these drinks are named tea, they do not contain tea.

8. Ginger Tea:

You Will Need:

  • A small piece (size of a marble) of ginger
  • 2tbsp of honey
  • 1/2tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 cups of water

How To:

  1. Crush or mince the ginger.
  2. Add it to water and boil for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Add the honey and lemon juice in it.

Why Choose It?

Ginger is very effective against digestive issues, protects liver, and provides relief from a cough and cold. Ginger also fights perfectly against respiratory diseases like influenza, bronchitis, whooping cough, etc.

9. Lemon Balm Tea

You Will Need:

  • A stalk of lemon balm leaves
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 1/2tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups of water

How To:

  1. Boil water for 10 minutes and switch off the heat.
  2. Put the leaves in the hot water and lid it for 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Now take off the leaves and add honey and lemon juice.

Why Choose It?

Lemon balm is very effective in preventing your kid from microbial infections, strengthening the nervous system, and fighting against cancer causing elements. It also provides relief from gastric issues.

10. Cardamom Tea

You Will Need:

How To:

  1. Take out the seeds of at least four pods and pound them in a mortar pestle.
  2. Add the pounded seeds in a pan of water and boil for 15 minutes.
  3. Have it when lukewarm.

Why Choose It?

Cardamom provides relief from stomach ache and flatulence, and respiratory and pulmonary diseases. It reduces phlegm.

Healthy drinks come in various forms. Homemade ones will have fresh ingredients, which you can handpick. From our expansive list, choose the ones you like.

Tell us your favorite pick from our list of healthy drinks for kids and also share your nutritious recipes in the comment section below.