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15 Easy Sangrias Recipes You Should Try To Chill This Summer

15 Easy Sangrias Recipes You Should Try To Chill This Summer

Sangria is a red wine punch that originated in Spain and Portugal and although it has been enjoyed there for hundreds of years, Americans didn’t find out about it until the 1964 World’s Fair. Sangria recipes now are filled with fruit and different types of wine – even whites, making it a Sangria Blanco.

Try one of these refreshing Sangria recipes on a hot summer day or at your next gathering.

1. White Sangria

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    This recipe includes brandy and sugar in addition to white wine and citrus – so it packs a punch.

    2. Super Fruity Sangria

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      Lemonade, sugar and slices of fruit from citrus flavors to apricots and berries make this white wine based Sangria a flavorful accompaniment to any backyard barbecue.

      3. Berry-Crangria

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        Berries, cranberry juice and red wine make this a crowdpleaser for those with tart tastes. This is even a good option at the holidays for a festive punch-like drink.

        4. Pear and Prosecco Sangria

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          Pear juice, white wine, Spanish brandy and prosecco (an Italian sparkling wine) give this Sangria flavor – and a kick. Stir it up and serve it over ice in large glasses.

          5. Low Sugar Sangria

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            Whether you’re reducing sugar for personal reasons or have a dietary restriction, you shouldn’t be excluded from the party. This recipe uses Agave nectar instead of sugar and still has a full flavor.

            6. Berry-Arugula Sangria

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              Gimmesomeoven.com proclaims this to be the Best Sangria recipe. It could be. And it has Arugula floating around in there – you know, Arugula, that spicy, peppery salad thing. It’s also got other yummy stuff, so live on the edge, freak out your friends and give it a shot. It also has orange liqueur, brandy and red wine – so how bad could it be?

              7. Carolina Peach Sangria

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                You don’t have to drink mint juleps to feel like you’re in the South. This Carolina Peach Sangria – complete with vodka, lemonade and rose wine is perfect for any hot day on the porch.

                8. Elderflower Sangria

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                  Elder…what? Yes, elderflower liqueur, made from the flowers of the elderberry bush. Nectarines, plums, white wine and…rum! Yum! What’s not to love?

                  9. Grapefruit Sorbet Sangria

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                    Grapefruit juice – or make it into grapefruit sorbet, strawberries, white wines and this sangria becomes tarty sweet awesomeness. What a refreshing drink after a hot day filled with yard work – or laying out by the pool.

                    10. Stone Fruit Sangria

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                      The Chic Table’s sangria recipe makes this seasonal cocktail even more seasonal. Infusing the fruit with the brandy and wine gives it tons of flavor.

                      11. Watermelon Raspberry Sangria

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                        The kids didn’t eat all of that watermelon? Shucks. Have to make some Sangria out of it. Pip and Ebby use raspberry liqueur to make this Sangria taste amazing.

                        12. Cucumber Sangria

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                          While this Sangria looks like it came out of a website called “ThingsThatAreGreen.com,” it’s actually a delightful mix of lime, mint, melon and cucumber. Cucumber can be one of the most refreshing items on a hot day and it’s subtle flavor boosts the flavors of the other items in the mix. Not just for watching the Kentucky Derby, this sangria can be enjoyed anytime!

                          13. Thai-Basil Sangria

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                            A little OJ, a little brandy, a little sprig of Thai Basil and this Sangria becomes a savory, sweet refreshing drink. A wonderful accompaniment to that grilled chicken or fish, you could add the basil sprigs and orange slices to your salmon and enhance the flavors even more. Or you could just drink it.

                            14. Blood Orange Sangria

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                              Blood oranges make anything look good. The striking contrast of color between the blood oranges and the berries is awesome. Rim the glasses with sugar, mix the wine, brandy and club soda and YUM! Just try and avoid Facebooking while drinking it.

                              15. Frozen Sangria

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                                Because on a hot day, what could possibly be better? Nothing. That’s what.

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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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                                If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                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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