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Cool Down This Summer With These Sparkling Lemonade Recipes!

Cool Down This Summer With These Sparkling Lemonade Recipes!

Now that summer is officially here, backyard barbecues, outdoor picnics, and patriotic parades are all in full swing. And when it’s hot outside, nothing can cool you down faster than a refreshing glass of lemonade. Drinking lemonade is one of the pleasures of summertime, and it can be even more pleasurable when you diverge from the classic lemonade recipe, and spruce up this popular drink with different flavors.

Read on for lemonade recipes that are unique, delicious, and easy to make!

1. Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

    An incredibly refreshing summer drink that makes perfect use of the summer fruit – watermelon!

    2. Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

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    Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

      What better combination than sweet strawberries and sour lemons?

      3. Honey Lemonade with Fresh Mint

      Honey Lemonade with Fresh Mint

        Add ice water, lemon juice, and mint leaves, and you have a simple, healthy lemonade treat that will cool you off on the hottest of days.

        4. Fresh Peach Lemonade

        Fresh Peach Lemonade

          Refreshing summer favorite, made simple with fresh juicy peaches and lemons for a delicious thirst quencher.

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          5. Pineapple Lemonade

          Pineapple Lemonade

            So refreshing, so sweet, so tangy and just so wonderfully tropical. It’s also unbelievably easy to whip up!

            6. Bangin’ Blueberry Lemonade

            bangin blueberry lemonade

              Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka and Frostie Blue Cream Soda take this drink to a whole new level of amazing!

              7. Lavender Lemonade

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              Lavender Lemonade

                A tall glass of refreshing Lavender Lemonade is the perfect way to relax and unwind.

                8. Orange Lemonade Punch

                 orange lemonade punch

                  A thirst quenching orange lemonade punch recipe perfect for those summer BBQ’s and get together’s with friends.

                  9. Cherry Lemonade

                  Cherry Lemonade

                    A delicious, refreshing, and easy to make cherry lemonade recipe!

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                    10. Cotton Candy Lemonade

                    Cotton Candy Lemonade

                      Homemade lemonade sweetened ever so slightly with a fluff of cotton candy. It’s amazingly delicious to drink and even more fun to serve when you see what it does!

                      11. Mango Green Tea Lemonade

                      Mango Green Tea Lemonade

                        This lemonade is the perfect thirst quencher for those long hot days of summer. Sweet mangoes pair perfectly with sour lemons and the bright taste of green tea making this drink both refreshing and addictive.

                        12. Coconut Water Lemonade

                        Coconut Water Lemonade

                          An amazing and refreshing lemonade made with coconut water and fresh lemon juice.

                          Who knew there are so many ways to make one of summer’s favorite drinks? Now, you know! Which lemonade recipe will you try first?

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                          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                          1. Exercise Daily

                          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                          The basic nutritional advice includes:

                          • Eat unprocessed foods
                          • Eat more veggies
                          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                            5. Watch Out for Travel

                            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                            6. Start Slow

                            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                            Final Thoughts

                            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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