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A St. Patrick’s Day party punch will be one of the first things your guests notice, so you want to make sure your punch won’t disappoint them. This St. Paddy’s Day Leprechaun party punch will be a hit with young or old. This Leprechaun party punch recipe is different from the usual “sherbet and soda” punch recipes, and it is a difference your guests will enjoy. This recipe is for a non-alcoholic punch that can easily be converted with a bottle of one additional ingredient

A nice “extra touch” for your punch is to have a couple theme-shaped ice blocks floating in the punch bowl. Shamrock-shaped ice blocks would look perfect. Use aluminum foil shamrock-shaped cupcake molds that you can find at your local grocery or party supply store. Fill them with water, add a few drops of green food coloring, cover with clear wrap and freeze them. Voila’! green shamrock ice blocks to float in your Leprechaun punch.

Leprechaun St. Paddy’s Day Party Punch

Serves approximately 30 – 6oz. cups

Ingredients:

2 ea. – 2-litre bottles Ginger Ale**
60oz. Pineapple juice 2 ea.
12 oz. cans frozen orange juice concentrate*
3 ea. – 3oz. boxes Lime Jello/gelatin mix 21/2 cups sugar

*put the OJ concentrate in the refrigerator instead of the freezer so they will be thawed/softened when you are ready to use them

**put Ginger Ale in the refrigerator to chill

Prep:

Early prep: Mix the boxes of lime Jello mix into a quart of hot water, stir until completely dissolved. Set aside to cool. When cool, add 5 cups cold water, OJ concentrate, and sugar. Stir until well mixed, then refrigerate until time to put out the punch bowl for the party.

Party Prep: Pour the pre-prepped liquid gelatin/OJ in the punch bowl first, and then add the chilled Ginger Ale and pineapple juice, and stir until well mixed. Crushed ice can be added if desired. Add 1 or 2 shamrock ice blocks and it is ready to serve.

And that is all there is to making a great St. Patrick’s Day Punch. This St. Paddy’s Day Leprechaun party punch will be the hit of your party that your guests will remember all year long. (they will expect more Leprechaun party punch next year too)

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Theme-related party punch recipes can be so much fun. It’s exciting to have family or friends over for a nice party. No doubt, you want everything to be perfect.

This means you’ll want to really spend some time on the food preparations so everyone enjoys tasty foods and drinks at the party. Of course, as you are planning everything else at your party, it’s easy to forget about the punch. Mixing up a nice party punch is a way that you can add something special to the party. After all, that punch will add a bit of flair to your party and if you can come up with a punch that carries on the theme of the party, it is particularly special.

As you are trying to decide on the punch you want to serve, take some time to think about the theme of the party, the type of party, and of course, your guests. If you’re throwing a party with a tropical theme or even a luau theme, going with a punch that includes tropical fruits or even coconut is a wonderful idea. If your party is occurring in the winter or fall, going with a punch that is spiced is a great option. You may even want a warm punch to serve when it’s cold outside. If you’re throwing a baby shower, a blue or pink punch can be a lovely touch, depending on the gender of the baby.

Are you throwing a party for the 4th of July? If so, red, white, and blue are probably the main colors you are using. You can use strawberries, blueberries, and some whipping cream to get the theme colors in the punch. A margarita style punch or even a nice sangria can go nicely for a party with a Mexican theme. No matter your theme, finding a nice punch recipe should not be a problem.

Of course, you’ll want to consider some of the popular ingredients if you’re trying to come up with a punch recipe of your own. First, decide if you are going to have alcohol in your punch or not. Most people do serve punches that have no alcohol. You should definitely avoid the alcohol if you have kids at the party. If you have an all adult party, you should still label your punch if you do choose to put alcohol in it. This way they know what they are drinking.

When it comes to punch base ingredients, often cherry juice, fruit punch, and even cranberry juice are used for punches that have a red base. If you want something more tropical in nature, orange juice or pineapple juice can be a nice base. Lemonade can make a good base and you can add a variety of flavors for a nice kick as well. Often selzer water, ginger ale, and lemon lime sodas are added to the punch to offer a bit of carbonation to it.

To really kick off your theme and make a punch special for your party, you may want to add a nice garnish. Adding some scoops of s sorbet in a fruit flavor can make your punch look pretty and taste amazing. Another fun garnish is ice cubes in fun shapes. You can purchase ice molds in a variety of themes to add to your themed punch. Fruits are also a popular choice for punch garnishes.

Don Abson shares more party punch recipes and more easy recipes to meet your special diet needs at Easy-Special-Health-Recipes.com

If you’ve never made smoothies before, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make them. All you need is a good blender to make a nutritious smoothie. When you make a smoothie at home, you have complete control over the ingredients that you want to add. Read on to find out what these nutritious drinks have to offer and learn how to make healthy smoothies.

Some Smoothie Benefits
For Energy – If you’re feeling tired a high-carbohydrate and high-protein smoothie can keep you energized and alert.

To Detoxify – Smoothies can remove toxins from your body. You can find smoothie recipes to cleanse and purify your body.

For Weight Loss - Low-calorie and low-fat smoothies are best for weight watchers. They provide essential nutrients and help burn body fat.

Boost Immunity – Smoothies can build your immune system and help you ward off colds, the flu and other infections.

To Beautify – Fruits and vegetables make delicious smoothies that are packed with vitamin and antioxidants for clear smooth skin and shiny hair.

Smoothie Recipes for Energy
If you’ve been feeling tired and drained lately you will want to know how to make healthy smoothies to boost your energy. A smoothie recipe that’s high in carbohydrates will make you feel active and alert again. Simply combine all ingredients called for in the recipe and blend until smooth.

Banana Cocoa Smoothie
This creamy chocolate-flavored smoothie is high in protein. It will keep you awake and alert all day.

  • 1 cup frozen banana, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup chilled silken tofu
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp flaxseed powder

 

Creamy Fruit Smoothie
This smoothie contains a variety of fruits to wake you up in the morning. It’s easy to prepare and will keep you energized throughout the day.

  • 1/2 cup banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup papaya, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tsp flaxseed oil

 

Berry Smoothie
Prevent muscle fatigue and weakness with the fruits in this recipe. This smoothie is high in magnesium for normal nerve and muscle function.

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup silken tofu
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • Honey to taste (optional)

 

Tips for Making Healthy Smoothies
Smoothies allow you to decide what ingredients you want to add. You can use almost any kind of fruit or vegetable that you like. Whole fruits and vegetables are best because of their fiber content that keeps you feeling full. In addition, the fiber regulates the release of sugar to the blood stream.

Milk, yogurt and tofu can boost the protein content of your smoothie and improve the taste and consistency. You can also add crushed ice for a thicker smoothie. Don’t be afraid to experiment and learn how to make healthy and delicious smoothies.

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Green drinks are not just for individuals who have trouble ingesting raw vegetables because of digestive problems among others, green drinks also help individuals who are battling chronic autoimmune deficiencies, diabetes and arthritis. The drink also helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels as well as act as a detoxification process for the digestive system.

Green drink enthusiasts give leafy green vegetables and other green vegetables an added punch of antioxidants by adding a fruit base to their nutritious drink. This is typically a low sugar fruit that can be added to give the green drink a sweeter taste. It is also a good way for diabetics to control their blood insulin levels and it also gives a fullness that reduces cravings for sweets.

The darker varieties of leafy greens like kale, spinach and lettuce contains the essential B-complex vitamins the body needs for to maintain a healthy state. These dark greens also provide essential magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium among other nutrients, which the body needs. Fruits can be added, as well as herbs and lighter greens such as celery to change the taste of the drink and add a variety that is recommended by doctors and by dieticians.

One of the best times of the day to drink a green drink is in the morning for breakfast. As the body has been in at least eight hours of rest, the glucose levels in the body have dropped significantly. This decrease in the glucose levels affects the blood sugar levels as well as the oxygen in the blood cells. As the body replenishes itself with food, the food is then turned into glucose, which is stored for future use, or used immediately as energy to get the body going in the morning.

Many green drink enthusiasts drink a combination of green leafy vegetables and fruits, herbs, and lemon juice with their kale, lettuce and spinach green drinks. Some enthusiasts will also use celery as a lighter taste for the taste buds first thing in the morning. Followed by exercising, green drink consumption can reduce cravings and significantly reduce weight.

Another drink that makes can start the day with a healthy kick is combinations of apples, pineapple juice, celery and lettuce. This is a lighter drink that will give a long lasting energy boost. As well as boosting the metabolism, this morning green drink also gives a boost to the immune system and the sweetness keeps cravings for morning doughnuts, bagels and muffins at bay.

Green drinks are never supplemented with artificial sweeteners or any amounts of sugar. The natural sweetness of a fruit base added to the drink is more than enough sweetness. It may take a while for the drink to be customized to the taste buds of an individual looking for a healthy morning drink to start the day. Green drinks are a way for the individual to get the most healthful benefits from their daily servings of fruits and vegetables without compromising great taste.

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You can freeze all sorts of delicious fruits from the tropics. If you are pressed for time and need a tasty meal quickly, fruit smoothie recipes serve the purpose well. The one thing you are going to need to make your smoothie is a strong electric blender. The only other items you need are a glass and a spoon. To get your smoothie tasting delicious and tickling your taste buds, you need to select the best flavors of ingredients to add to the mix.

Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie

A great fruit to start with is red frozen strawberries. You can easily buy frozen strawberries at any grocery store. You can also look at throwing in green frozen kiwis. You can find these at almost any grocery store. If frozen is not available, look at using fresh ingredients. You can check the label on the packages you buy to see the high level of nutrients in these fruits.

First add one cup of crushed ice into the blender for the kiwi strawberry smoothie. Next you’ll need to add one cup of frozen kiwi slices and one cup of the frozen strawberry and add both of those into the blender. A great extra touch can be had by adding a tablespoon each of honey and lime juice. These ingredients help to enhance the flavor of the kiwi. Blend at a high speed until everything is fully crushed. An additional option would be to add a teaspoon of a fifteen percent volume alcoholic beverage. Blend in the adult beverage if you chose to add one.

Next you’ll want to slice up a lemon and add one sliver to your glass. Now you’re ready to pour out your delicious smoothie. You’ll probably need two glasses. You’ll certainly get at least 2 servings out of this recipe.

Mango-Papaya Smoothie

Frozen mangoes tend to be yellow in color and make a fantastic ingredient for a fruit smoothie. Most grocery stores around the world have frozen mangos to choose from. A good combo fruit to go with the mango is frozen orange colored papaya. Almost all grocery stores will carry this ingredient as well. The nutrition facts will show the value of these products in their frozen form.

For the mango/papaya smoothie, insert 1 cup of crushed ice into a blender. Place one cup of frozen mango slices, take the frozen papaya slices, measure one cup and place it all in the blender. Add a tablespoon of lime juice, and a table spoon of sugar. A sweeter taste will bring out the papaya flavor Blend at high speed until fully crushed. An additional option would be to add a teaspoon of a fifteen percent volume alcoholic beverage. Make sure you blend the alcohol in also.

Get a slice of a pineapple, create a small slot with a sharp knife, slip it on and secure it on the glass. You can then pour your fresh smoothie into two glasses. This recipe makes enough for two people.

There are many options for making fruit smoothies using either fresh or frozen fruits. You are limited only by your imagination and what you can find in the grocery store of course!

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In order to enjoy the tea, it must be properly welded. Prepare a good tea drink is easy to do this, simply follow some rules.

To get a good tea, you should use well water. In ancient China the water for the tea leaves were brought from the mountain springs, and Vietnam had brewed green tea exclusively by rainwater. For welding is necessary that the water was clean and soft. It is desirable that the water passes through a water-purifying filters.

To brew tea the water should boil. Water passes through three stages of boiling. The first stage of water is characterized by the appearance of a small amount of bubbles that formed on the sides of the kettle. Then begins a very large bubbles, the water begins to boil appreciably. This is the second stage of boiling water, due to the fact that its surface due to the abundance of bubbles begins to turn white, this stage is also called “white key”. This stage is rather short and quick passes to the third stage. For tea needs water is the second stage of the boil. Long boiling water is considered unsuitable for tea, although, unfortunately, to catch this stage it is not easy.

Good water to brew good tea. It is advisable to buy tea in specialty stores where the risk is to buy low-quality tea is substantially reduced.

The higher the grade of tea, the better its flavor. Brewing tea is better in a porcelain or earthenware or glass tea kettle. You can not brew tea in a metal pot, with the exception of only silverware.

Necessarily need to brew tea in a dry and warm the teapot, you can rinse the teapot with boiling water several times and wipe it, or wait for when he is dry.

For the welding of herbs, you must have a separate kettle. Amount of tea you want to pour into the kettle is often a matter of controversy, so it pays to focus on their preferences.

For different kinds of tea, there are different standards of tea infuser. For black tea, usually take 1 teaspoon of tea per 1-2 cups of water. For green tea 1,5-2 teaspoon of tea per 1-2 cups of water. Sprinkling tea leaves into the teapot to pour boiling water over it and close the pot lid.

Maker must be covered with a napkin so that were covered with spout and cover, in this case, the tea flavor is better preserved. Do not get too harbor tea kettle, since in this case is much rot and lose its taste.

Tea flavor is largely determined by the essential oils, which are formed in the foam of tea, so after making tea recommend stir with a spoon formed foam. Welding time depends on the type of tea. Black tea is recommended to brew for 4-6 minutes and no more than 8 minutes, flavored tea to brew for 3 minutes or less, some types of green tea brewed under 15 minutes.

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