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Lemon and Ginger syrup

4 lemons, roughly sliced

1 tsp ground ginger

10 tbsp splenda

350 ml cold water

Place all the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a rolling boil for around 8 to 10 minutes.

Strain through a metal sieve and allow to cool before decanting into a clean glass bottle.

Store in the fridge.

Dilute with chilled sparkling water for a refreshing summer drink (and a dash of Gin if you are so inclined!).

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Pink Lemonade

1 1/2 large lemons, sliced

1 medium orange, sliced

225g fresh raspberries

10 tbsp Splenda

350ml cold water

Chilled sparkling spring water or soda water for diluting to serve.

Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a rolling boil for 8 to 10 minutes. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir continuously.

Set aside to cool before straining the liquid and pressing the pulp through a metal sieve into a jug or bowl where it can be left to cool completely before being bottled.

Make sure the bottles are glass and have been sterilised, you can do this by pre-heating the oven to gas 3/160c, washing the bottles in hot soapy water and rinsing but not drying. Place them on a baking tray and heat in the oven for 10 minutes. The lids can be soaked in boiling water.

Store the bottled syrup in the fridge for up to a week, and dilute to taste with either sparkling spring water or soda water.

Goes particularly well with Gin!

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will need a little shake before use.

just needs a gentle tilt to mix it.

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Hot Chocolate

‘Bulletproof’ Hot Chocolate

3 squares of 85% chocolate OR unsweetened cocoa powder too taste (Dr Oetker fine dark cocoa powder is very good).
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
100ml double cream
Hot water just off the boil

For extra sweetness and a stronger coconut flavour:
Splenda and a drop of Foodie Flavours coconut flavoring
Pink Sun liquid stevia with coconut

Powdered collagen (this gives a lovely extra creamy texture and is reputed to be good for hair, skin, joints and digestion. From my own use, I recommend it).

Break the chocolate into a 250ml mug/cup and cover with hot water, stir till melted then add the coconut oil and double cream. Top with more hot water and sweeten to taste with splenda.
For an extra creamy hot chocolate add a scoop of collagen powder.

For a Christmas Hot Chocolate, leave out the coconut oil and add extra cream, a dash of whisky and some coffee.

For White Hot Chocolate, use cocoa butter instead of the dark chocolate and quarter or half a teaspoon of vanilla extract according to taste, leave out the coconut oil as the cocoa butter is a fat and add double cream and splenda to taste.

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Cutting Down on Caffeine

My tea habit has got a little bit out of control. I worked it out and it turns out I’m drinking 8 to 10 mugs of tea a day!

This is way to much caffeine for me. So last Friday at lunch time, I decided to go cold turkey with the tea.

It was fine until I woke up Saturday morning with the mother of all headaches which persisted all day. I also felt nauseous and extremely tired. I didn’t realise how big an effect caffeine was having on my body until this point.

Luckily for me, the effects were gone by Sunday, though when I had a look online, apparently the symptoms can last for two weeks, what a nightmare!

I don’t want to go completely caffeine free, I enjoy tea and chocolate too much. But I do want to minimize how much I’m consuming.

So, I had a look through my cupboards for an alternative hot drink that would be quick and convenient. I had a jar of instant decaff coffee but I’m not a great coffee-lover. I find the taste a little bitter. The solution though is Jordan’s Skinny Syrups.

I had picked up two bottles a little while back, Salted Caramel and White Chocolate. I don’t drink milk but instead have 2 dessert spoons of double cream (about 20ml), so I have that with a large teaspoon of the syrup and it makes a delicious coffee.

I also have Creamycinos!

Basically it’s hot water, 2 dessert spoons of cream and a large teaspoon of White Chocolate syrup, thats it, but it tastes amazing! The double cream stops it tasting ‘thin’ and the syrup is just right for making it taste like white hot chocolate.

I have a whole load of the syrups I want to try, there are lots of flavours to choose from and all sugar free.

Its lovely to have a choice of hot drinks, though tea will probaly always be my favourite, I just have to find a decaff brand I like, but until then it’s Creamycinos for me!

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