A new favorite: pHenOH

My New Favorite Sports Drink!

I was given a box of pHenOH to try through Sweatpink and let me just tell you, I was shocked! I am not a huge fan of sports drinks by nature. Never got on the gatorade bandwagon. (Sorry, gator!) But pHenOH has been a game changer for me lately.

Not but a couple of weeks ago I was talking with my brother’s girlfriend about Aloe vera. She puts it into her morning smoothies. I got interested and wanted to get some, but was on the lazy train a bit with that. Then, literally a few days later, I get a notice about trying out pHenOH which contains aloe vera. Score! I was so pumped to try this out. If you don’t already know, aloe vera has some health benefits, especially in regards to digestive health.

What is pHenOH? It is the first alkaline sports beverage specifically designed to match the ideal pH of your body. Only 7 simple ingredients go into the beverage. You know I dig that! But seriously, the best part is that it tastes magnificent. My brother’s girlfriend will no longer have to disguise the aloe vera juice into a smoothie with lots of other fruits and veggies. She can have this solo!

If you are like me, you may be interested in pH balance and what all this means. Basically, the body is kept at about 7.4 pH balance. Above a pH of 7 is alkaline, while a pH below 7 is acidic. Many of the foods and beverages we consume are acidic (soda is at about a 2 for example), but the body runs optimally when in balance. Remember homestasis from your grade school science class? pHenOH was created as a non-acidic sports drink since most sports drinks are the opposite.

I regularly shop at Target and have not seen pHenOH at Target yet. Maybe someday?! A girl can hope. Currently, in my area, pHenOH can be found at Central Market. I do love a trip to the good ‘ol CM every now and then so will have to pick some up when I run out. It’s so easy and refreshing to grab and go after a workout.

Disclaimer: While I was provided the pHenOH free of charge, all opinions are my own.

WTEW: Holiday Beverage Recipes

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Get your favorite mug out, my friend, and GET READY for some holiday beverage recipes. This week’s What to Eat Wednesday is all about the beverages that will make you smile this holiday season. I asked for fave recipes from my friends on Facebook last night. I also browsed the internet, Pinterest included, for some goodies. And, of course, Rachel Ray did not disappoint in her little magazine this month.

So, let’s hop to it. Here are some cheerful holiday beverage recipes to keep you merry all season long:

  • Old Fashioned Inspired Hot Chocolate from A Thought and a Half. All you have to do is click on the recipe name and you will be taken right to her chocolate greatness. Take one look at her pictures and you will want to make this ASAP.
  • Reindeer Martinis given to me from my friend, Erin. This is such a cute idea for a Christmas party.
    • Use about 1 bottle of vodka, a full container of cranberry juice, 6 packets of cider, and a few cinnamon sticks. Let it sit for a while in the fridge to chill, and share! Soo yummy, and you can garnish with a cherry, for the “red nose”.
  • Mulled Wine by Alton Brown. My cousin mentioned this last night so I HAD to find a tasty recipe. You can also make this in the crockpot. How is that for an easy holiday beverage?
  • Tom and Jerry from The Chow. My Uncle Tom mentioned this recipe and he gave it two thumbs up. There are quite a few ingredients in this one though so it isn’t an easy one to come up with on the fly.
  • Winter Chai Tea by SimpleVeda. I have been eyeing this for weeks now. Once I can get the ingredients together, I will be making this all winter long. Guaranteed. I love me some chai!
  • Mulled Punch in Rachel Ray Everyday. This serves 10 so share with others.
    • 3 bottles of white wine, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 22 cinnamon sticks, 4 star anise pods, juice & peel of 1 small orange, peel of 1 lemon, 2 mangoes (peeled & sliced), 2 apples (peeled & sliced), 1 pear (peeled & sliced), 1/2 pineapple (cubed), freshly ground nutmeg. In a saucepan, combine 1 bottle wine, the sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, the star anise, orange juice and peel, and the lemon peel. Bring to a boil and cook until syrupy, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining wine, mangoes, apples, pear and pineapple. Simmer over low 20 minutes. Strain. To serve, ladle warm punch into mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks and freshly ground nutmeg.
  • Orangesicle Smoothie Recipe from Sarah Halstead. I know some of you aren’t big fans of warm beverages so if you are up for a cold treat, dive on in to this recipe. You can make it more “holiday-esque” by adding a peppermint straw or putting it in a Christmas mug or cup!

Do you have a holiday beverage you have been eyeing? Do share!