Lemon Grass Iced Tea

The perfect  way to soothe my cravings for juice . I’m currently doing the LCHF diet aka Keto, and I had a serious craving for a sweet drink this afternoon. As fruit juices are not Keto Compliant I had to think up another fix. 

See I’m on a one month challenge to lose the extra 7kg I gained recently. This is the heaviest I’ve been sans pregnancy. This my sweet tooth won’t let me be great, sweets and decadent stuff are my achilles heel. Now my sister’s wedding is coming up in a few weeks and I must look smoking hot and fit into the dress I’m going to wear. No sweet tooth can stop me.

Recipe

Ingredients 

•     A bunch of fresh Lemon grass Leaves or stalks.

•     A few slices of lemon (optional )

•      Any natural sweetener of your choice. E.g. Stevie,  Honey, Date Syrup etc.   (No sugar, nothing that contains aspartame.)

•     Ice Cubes

Procedure

–     Wash the Lemon grass to get rid of sand.

–      In a pot or kettle,  add enough water to cover the lemon  grass and boil.

–     Let it cook till it boils. Turn off the heat and add the slices of Lemon.

 
–     Leave it to cool, strain and add your sweetener

I used Stevia as sweetener

–      Serve with Ice Cubes or Refrigerate before you serve. 
*You can store the rest in an airtight bottle for up to 1 week in a fridge. 

Lemon Grass Iced Tea

Mango / Banana Lassi

Happy Valentine’s Day All.
My waist line is obviously in serious trouble today. Le hubs ordered the most decadent Red Velvet/ Chocolate Cake with Cream Chess frosting, strawberry glaze, chocolate chips ….. all those things that are not diet friendly! I have to spend a whole week in penitence for these sins.
After one slice of cake I made Mango/ Banana Lassi

image

A classic Mango Lassi recipe includes yogurt but I can’t add that to mine after that cake.

Recipe 
•    1 Cup Mango Juice (the mangoes I have are still quite thready so I juiced it first)
•    2 Small Bananas
•    1/8 tsp Cardamom seeds (just about 1 clove)

Freeze all ingredients and in a blender, blend all till smooth.

Serve and garnish as you like.

image

I garnished this using banana cut into heart shapes, I soaked some in liquid red food for effects.

image

See the picture below for how to make heart shaped banana slices.

image

Now this is waistline friendly.

P.S Mangoes are now in season so you should give this a try.

image