Category: Beverages

Honeydew Avocado Juice / SmoothieThis is one of the easiest and yummiest juices you could make any day you feel like treating yourself to something healthy and satisfying. All you need to do is clean and cut up half a honeydew, cut up half an avocado, throw a couple of ice cubes in a blender and blend the ice and fruit with a cup of water. In a matter of minutes, you got yourself a juice / smoothie that is sure to perk you up!

Before I forget, the recipe I just gave you works for four servings.

Why Honeydew is Awesome:

  • It’s a low-fat source of vitamin C and carbohydrates
  • The fruit is high in potassium
  • It has significant amounts of vitamin C and Vitamin B6

Why Avocado is Awesome:

  • Avocados contain about 20 essential nutrients including vitamin E, potassium, fibre and folic acid.
  • They also behave as a “nutient booster” i.e. they enable the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein from foods that eaten with the fruit.

Primary Sources of Nutritional Information:

Honeydew Melon Nutrition —

California Avocado Nutritional Benefits

Vegan Mango Orange Smoothie

This delicious smoothie is a fruit-lover’s delight. All you have to do is cut up two mangoes, juice two large oranges, transfer the fruits to a blender and blend with four cubes of ice.

In a minute or so, you got yourself a killer smoothie that is enough for three to four servings.

Why oranges are awesome:

  • The fruit is low in calories but is rich in dietary fiber.
  • Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, a powerful natural antioxidant.
  • Oranges also contain vitamin A, and other flavonoid antioxidants.
  • It is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamine, pyridoxine, and folates.
  • Orange fruit contains a significant amount of minerals like potassium and calcium.

Why mangoes are awesome:

  • Mango is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds.
  • Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin A and flavonoids such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin.
  • Fresh mango is a good source of potassium. 100 g of the fruit provides 156 mg of potassium and just 2 mg of sodium.
  • The fruit is a good source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin C and vitamin E.
  • It also has moderate amounts of copper.

Primary source for the nutritional details:

IMAO, Banana milkshake needs no sweetener. But when haunted by a persistent sweet tooth, what better way to sweeten the deal than to add in some dates. Not only

Banana and Date Milkshake

Banana and Date Milkshake

are dates, with their vitamin-y goodness, a natural way to sweeten foods, they also give food a distinct delicious flavour.

To make a power-packed and nutritious Banana and Date milkshake that lasts three to four servings, blend 4-5 cubes of ice with three chopped bananas and 8-10 chopped dates. Once the pieces become a smooth purée, add one and a half (1 1/2) cups of low-fat (2 %) milk. Blend. Add a little more milk to ajust for sweetness / consistency. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information for Bananas

Nutritional Info for Bananas

Nutritional Information for Dates

Nutritional Info for Dates

Yeah it’s tea out of a box but not not any box. It’s a warm orange box that contains bags full of medium-strength black tea sourced from the Dimbula region in western Sri Lanka. Usually, while sipping a grocery store-bought commercial brand, I’d lust for a colorful spicy blend of loose green tea leaves from a tea store I trust, my favorite being  Tea Haus is Ann Arbor, Michigan.

But Twinings Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea is soothing and a must-try. It’s smooth and is only $2.95 for a pack of 20. It has a robust body, an old-fashioned flavor and is perfect either black or with a hint of milk.

Amazon Rating For Twinings Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea

1. “Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue; awakens thought and prevents drowsiness.”

By Lu Yu, 5th Century Chinese Poet

2. Tea-Drinking:

The first cup moistens my lips and throat;

The second cup breaks my loneliness;

The third cup searches my barren entrail but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd ideographs;

The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration-all the wrongs of life pass out through my pores;

At the fifth cup I am purified;

The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the immortals.

The seventh cup-ah, but I could take no more! I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my sleeves.

A Qing Dynasty plate engraved with a tea poem

Where is Elysium? Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither.

Lu Tung, Chinese poet during T’ang Dynasty

3. Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.

Ancient Chinese proverb

4. If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.

Japanese Proverb

5. All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.

George Orwell, “A Nice Cup of Tea”


tea leaves

tea loves

loves tea

lives tea

leaves tea?


Uniek Swain

7. Return message to Kim Tochon who sent me a Poem:

At Tochon’s place, where he practices Zen and takes his ease,

the mind becomes distant, and days go slowly.

A path leads to stone steps around hidden orchids;

a gate faces rocky peaks beyond a curved pond.

He decocts herb medicine to disperse ennui,

he drinks tea to reduce sleep.

A past promise to live with rosy clouds

comes true naturally in the clear autumn.
Imo (1822)


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