Lemon Cucumber Water

Temperatures are rising on the East Coast and this heat wave is relentlessly beating down on us. Stay cool and hydrated with these 5 Amazing Benefits of Lemon Cucumber Water. It’s a refreshing way to supercharge your water to get amazing health benefits.

1. Alkalizes the Body

“Disease cannot thrive in an alkaline body.” Lemons and cucumbers are alkaline forming foods that will help your body to function at its optimal level. A balanced pH is everything if you want to stay healthy.

 

2.Clear Skin

Lemon Cucumber Water is packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants, and silica. Silica is nature’s anti-aging secret. Lemon Cucumber water will cleanse toxins from your body that would normally erupt as unsightly blemishes.

 

3. Promotes Healing 

Vitamin C and anti-oxidants double as an immune system booster. Helping to fight free radicals and stay well.

 

4. Aids in Digestion

Citrus flavonoids stimulate and purify the liver. This is good if you’ve been partying hard and want to go on liquor cleanse to re-balance your body.

 

5. Boosts Energy Levels

Lemon Cucumber water first thing in the morning gives a nice boost. All thanks to the Vitamin C, potassium, and phytonutrients.

Lemon Cucumber Water

 

How To Make Cucumber Water:  Add a few slices of cucumber and lemons to filtered water. When choosing lemons and cucumbers it’s best to buy organic. Look for cucumbers that are firm with smooth skin and choose heavy lemons that have firm skin.

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Chicken Scratch in Dallas
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Chicken Scratch in Dallas
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went to Texas for the first time and all I did was eat during the whole trip. No real sight seeing, no clubbing, no bar hopping, just food! I’m not complaining at all but I have to go back, the city was gorgeous. Writing this post was a struggle because I have so many meals to choose from. However, I chose Chicken Scratch because it is the epitome of the stereotypical southwestern experience. You know that scene in a movie where there is country music playing and a crowd screaming “Yee-Haw!” while line dancing in cowboy hats and boots? That’s what I felt like doing at this restaurant.

Chicken Scratch in Dallas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The decor was welcoming; it’s full of bright colors and unique furniture. There was an outdoor patio with couches and a stage for live bands to perform. The employees were friendly, but it’s the South, if they were rude I would have been appalled. One of the workers saw me with my Canon DSLR so he asked if I was a photographer. I then told him all about Food Before Love and Don’t Die Afraid and how it was my first time in Texas so I have to capture the moments and blog about it. He gave me a huge welcome and told me to enjoy his city of Dallas.

Chicken Scratch in Dallas
Photo credit: Elliott Munoz

Chicken Scratch in Dallas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the moment you all have been waiting for, the food. This place has food porn written all over it! The saying, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” is definitely true when it comes to the portions here. Biscuit sandwiches that you have to eat with a knife and fork because your hands just won’t do. It gets real messy. I had “The Foundry” chicken biscuit sandwich and collard greens. I was full for hours after, it was delicious!

Just salivate over the photos below.  If you ever visit Dallas, you have to eat at Chicken Scratch and also get a drink at The Foundry, the bar right next door.

Chicken Scratch in Dallas

 

 

 

Chicken Scratch in Dallas
 

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coconut water

Hydration is important to keep our bodies healthy and functioning at its peak. A well-hydrated body aids in beautiful hair, skin, and nails.

Here are three ways to stay hydrated this summer:

1. Eat More Raw Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables contain pure water. No need for fancy filtration systems when hydrating your body using raw fruits and vegetable. Cucumbers, green peppers, and tomatoes all have water contents above 90%. If fruit is more your thing then cantaloupe, watermelon, and strawberries will quench your thirst. If you’re feeling a bit exotic then try dragon fruit. It tastes delicious and its water content is 90%. Fruits and vegetables are an awesome source for hydration because they also contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Think of it as nature’s vitamin water.

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2. Try Coconut Water

Coconut water contains natural electrolytes to quench your thirst and fuel your body. The dose of potassium coconut water contains will keep your energy levels up. Coconut water is great after a workout of the perfect pick me up drink. Raw, unpasteurized coconut water tastes the best. My favorite bottled brand is Harmless Harvest Coconut Water. Harmless Harvest can be found at many grocery stores including Whole Foods Market and Fairway.

coconut water

3. Reduce Sodium Intakes

A high sodium diet dehydrates the body. Sodium is an essential nutrient for the body but must be used in moderation. Try Pink Himalayan Salt because of its lower sodium content when compared to table, kosher, or sea salt. Pink Himalayan Salt also retains a majority of its nutrients due to the minimal processing. Plus it makes your food look pretty. You can pick up Pink Himalayan Salt at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods Market.

 

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The Door Restaurant

Last week, I had the urge to go for Jamaican cuisine. When these urges arise, I have to go full out!  Stopping at my local Golden Crust or Jerk Hut isn’t going to satisfy me. I need the full experience so I headed over to The Door to get my fix. I haven’t been there in over a year, and since then the place has been renovated. When you walk in, you are greeted by a full bar, television, and a wall waterfall. I waited for 30 minutes in this area to be seated but they had the World Cup on so the time flew by.

The Door Restaurant

The Door Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love when restaurants have fresh flowers on the table as it adds to the ambiance.  As soon as I sat down, I was offered a roll of bread. I prefer my bread hot but nevertheless I ate it. I had the option of either soup or salad as a complimentary starter and chose the fish soup. I balanced the hot soup with my cold refreshing Jamaican Delight rum cocktail. When my food arrived, my mouth watered over my curry shrimp, vegetables, plantain, and rice & peas. When your side dish isn’t taking up space on your main plate and has its own separate bowl, that is when you know the restaurant desires to fill you up.

The Door Restaurant

The Door Restaurant

The Door Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You all know that service is key! My waitress was nice but could have been more attentive. The seating area she covered wasn’t that vast so I would have appreciated more attention especially since I was dining alone. The greeters at the front door also weren’t friendly, I asked about prices for having a private party and received answers as if my business wasn’t wanted. I would have appreciated if she offered me the contact of someone who could give me more information on pricing and the details that would need to be discussed.

The Door Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall the food was amazing and that is what counts the most! You can head here for a date or if you want to grab some food by yourself and don’t want to dine alone, they have a carryout spot right next door!

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