We’ve all heard of the many, many benefits of watermelon and green tea. They’re both packed with antioxidants and nutrients that improve brain function and digestion, lower the risk of cancer, and boost weight loss. So what do we suggest? Bring these two together in a chilled drink and say hello to healthy living this summer!
Preparation Time: 15 min
Number of servings: 1 serving
Lipton Lemon Green Tea 2/3 cup
Watermelon Cubes ½ watermelon (diced)
Watermelon Juice 1/3 cup
Sugar ½ Tsp
Lime Juice 1 Tsp
Mint leaves 4-5 leaves
1. Prepare Lipton Lemon Green Tea as per instructions on pack. Remove teabag & cool.
2. Add Watermelon, sugar, lime juice, mint leaves and blend.
3. Pour in a glass.
4. Serve chilled with the garnishing of your choice.
Now that you’ve prepared your watermelon iced tea and kept it in the freezer to chill for a bit, dive right into a benefit-loaded mountain pose. This pose is known to improve posture, increase awareness and strengthen the feet, legs and hips. It also firms the abdomen.
1. Stand with your feet together and arms at your sides. Press your weight evenly across the balls and arches of your feet.
2. Press your big toes together. Lift your toes, spread them apart, and then place them back down on the mat, one at a time.
3. Lift the ankles and arches of your feet. Squeeze your outer shins toward each other.
4. Tuck in your tailbone slightly, but don’t round your lower back. Lift the back of your thighs, but release your buttocks. Keep your hips even with the center line of your body.
5. Bring your pelvis to its neutral position. Let your front hip bones point forward. Draw your belly in slightly.
6. As you inhale, elongate through your torso. Exhale and release your shoulder blades away from your head and toward the back of your waist.
7. Keep your arms straight, fingers extended, and triceps firm. Allow your inner arms to rotate slightly outward.
8. Elongate your neck. Your ears, shoulders, hips, and ankles should be in one line.
9. Elongate your spine with each exhale and gaze forward. Hold the pose for up to one minute.
There, you’re all done! Now sit back and relax with your drink.
Digest O’ clock: Green-Ginger-Mint Tea recipe
Having trouble digesting all the Ramadan goodies? Can’t help but over eat every time you decide to just have one pakora? We might have something that can help you wash away all that guilt and digest your Iftars better. Presenting the unbelievably delicious tea that is surprisingly good for digestion.
What you need:
1 sliver of ginger (washed and peeled)
Mint leaves (according to taste, washed and separated from stem)
Bring one cup water to boiling point. Tear Lipton Green Tea bag and empty the contents into the pot, add ginger and mint leaves. Boil the mixture on low flame until you can smell ginger and mint mix well together. Turn off the flame and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Enjoy hot with honey or cold with extra lemon!
Weight watchers: Low-calorie Iftar ideas
Feeling like your body with implode with all them fried goodies you’ve been binging on? Or are you someone who takes the month of Ramadan as an opportunity to lose a few pounds? Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on we have a few recipes that won’t add up to the numbers on the scale so that you can indulge all you want without compromising on taste.
Zucchini, Onion and Tomato Bake with Low Fat Mozzarella
What you need:
3 -4 zucchini (Tori)
1 -2 large white onion
2 large ripe tomatoes
Low fat Mozarella cheese
Salt and black pepper
Slice onions and sauté in olive oil until they are soft. Then slice zucchini and tomato into thin slices. Take a dish and start layering the vegetables (you should have a minimum of 3 layers). One layer of zucchini, then sautéed onions in olive oil then tomatoes. Sprinkle with low fat mozarella cheese and salt and pepper according to taste.
Keep layering until you run out of the sliced vegetables then top it with a layer of low fat mozzarella cheese (you can go as thick or thin as you want). Bake in 350 oven for about 45 minutes or until brown around the sides and on the top.
Papaya Salad (Som Yam)
What you need:
Small green raw papaya, shredded
2 small tomatoes cut into quarters
4 garlic cloves (you can make it 6 if you want the taste of garlic to pop)
6 red or green chilly
2 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp ground roasted peanuts
Fresh lettuce and chilly for garnish
Put garlic and tomatoes in a bowl and pound a few times to release their juices. Add chilies and crush lightly to release the heat. Remember to crush lightly and make sure the tomatoes and garlic don’t turn into a paste. In a separate cup, dissolve the sugar in a mixture of lime juice and soy sauce. Mix the tomato-garlic mixture with the sweet and sour dressing. Add shredded papaya, peanuts, lettuce to the sweet and sour juice and mix all the ingredients together well. Serve in a shallow bowl and top with garnish.