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Top 10 Popular Drinks That Cause Stomach Bloating

74If you suffer from bloating, you carefully examine all the foods you are eating but tend to overlook what you drink. Most popular drinks that you consume daily might just be the culprit in your no win bloating war.

Let’s take a look which popular “health” drinks might contribute to your gas, bloating and indigestion symptoms.

1. Milk is the number one culprit for your bloated stomach that is ready to explode. Milk contains lactose that many people can’t digest properly. Milk was initially intended for human and animal babies as a rich source for growth and nutrients; you will not see adult animals consuming milk anywhere in nature. Most individuals lose the ability to process milk with age triggering multiple allergies and sensitivities. If you favor chocolate milk on top of that, you supply your body with indigestible formula of lactose and sugar which adds to your indigestion problems.

2. Coffee contains large doses of caffeine and acid that irritates and over stimulates the stomach lining. Strong ingredients in coffee eventually cause intestinal spasms and colic. Instant coffee that is more popular in Europe but gaining popularity in America is even worse for your stomach than naturally brewed coffee.

3. Tea, especially strong black varieties, contains considerable amount of caffeine and similarly to coffee causes stomach sensitivities and indigestion.

4. Fruit juice is believed to be a health drink and is widely advertised by juice manufacturing companies to supply your body with essential nutrients and elements. However, once you rid a fruit of its vital fibers via a juicing process, you are likely to be left with a high concentration of water and sugar. High amounts of fructose can upset any stomach and trigger an acid indigestion or gas attack. Additionally, sugar is perfect food for Candida yeast to feed off.

5. Soda has to be the ultimate worst contributor to your bloated stomach causes due to high concentration of chemical ingredients. Sugar, artificial sweeteners, chemical additives and caffeine mixed together by the process of carbonation create a concoction that is so harmful to our bodies that no words can describe. Both diet and regular soda varieties are equally bad for you and can give you gas almost right away.

6. Energy drinks are among the worst killer brews for our health since they contain double sugar and double caffeine compared to sodas to give you the jolt of energy. However, the jolt of energy very often comes at a very high cost of your health, namely, poor digestion, gas and bloating.

7. Beer is one of the top contributors to gas and bloated belly along with many carbonated beverages. Additionally, it contains wheat and yeast remnants that some people do not tolerate very well.

8. Champagne usually accompanies many festive events and romantic occasions. However, the famous bubbly is going to give you the not so romantic flatulence and indigestion due to high concentration of bubbles and sugars.

9. Wine is a type of alcoholic drink manufactured by means of fermenting grape juice. The result is highly acidic and sugary composition that can irritate your digestive tract and result in gas. Some people are additionally allergic to sulfites that most wine manufactures use as wine preservative and an ingredient intended to stop further fermentation.

10. Heavy liquor is literally pure poison for any organ of your body and is a very strong stimulant wrecking havoc with your digestion. Consuming heavy alcoholic beverages is almost a sure way to give you bloating.

Four Easy Tips For Making Iced Coffee Drinks At Home

72There is good news for coffee lovers around the world. Fact is, it is easy to make iced coffee at home without the fancy machines found at your local java shop. By following the four easy tips below, you can enjoy your iced coffee drinks in the comfort of home.

Cappuccinos and mocha lattes continue to maintain their posture as popular coffee choices; however, consumers are discovering that their favorite beverage is just as tasty and certainly as refreshing when served cold.

According to the National Coffee Association and Mintel Research, the percentage of Americans who drink iced coffee beverages increased from 20 percent in 2003 to as much as slightly more than 30 percent today.

While enjoying a chilled coffee drink is a natural at your local shop, iced coffee can be as easy to prepare as iced tea at home. Your creativity and a variety of options will allow you to create personalized coffee concoctions that are just as delicious as those served in your favorite cafe. Those creations depend on how you use flavoring syrups, cold milk, chocolate and spices.

Some of the more popular beverages such as iced vanilla mocha, iced rum coffee and iced latte are easy to make at home. Below are four tips for creating those refreshing iced coffee drinks.

  • Pour your flavoring syrup of choice into the cup first. To complete the drink, pour in espresso or your coffee of choice, then the ice and top it off with cold milk.
  • Do not allow your beverage to become watered down. Cool your favorite coffee beverage with ice cubes made from fresh-brewed coffee instead of water.
  • Your at-home coffee machine should be capable of producing a high quality coffee or espresso. Many of the best machines will allow you to grind your coffee beans right before brewing. This feature gives you better control of the strength of your coffee.
  • It’s your creation. Be creative. Experiment with how you personalize your drink. Finishing touches like the addition of whipped cream, chocolate shavings, nutmeg or cinnamon will place your signature on your iced coffee concoction.

As the trend and the numbers continue to grow, more and more coffee lovers will want to duplicate their coffee shop favorites at home. And while it may not be necessary to purchase high-end coffee machines, good old-fashioned know how is a starting place to create the perfect at-home coffee making experience.

Fourth of July Party Drinks

71Sick of the same old drink being served at backyard parties? Here are six unique recipes to try at your next backyard bash. With fresh fruit, juices and sparkling wines involved, these drinks will keep your guest coming back for more.

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

An all-American favorite, lemonade is always a crowd-pleaser when it comes to backyard parties. If it’s a family party, put the kids in charge of making it to give them some ownership, responsibility and pride in the party spread.

Pink Lemonade Sparkling Fruit Punch

If you’re looking for something more exciting than a classic lemonade, try this version mixed with cranberry juice, ginger ale and Hawaiian Punch, it’s lemonade’s more exciting cousin. And in the case that you need an adult version, substitute the ginger ale for ginger beer, or even pour some sparkling water or wine in to add some fizz.

Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics

For the adults, make this take on lemonade for a fancier drink option. Adding fresh blackberries not only makes it more decorative and pretty, but adds a fresh taste not available any other time of the year.

Citrus Berry Punch

This punch is perfect for your summer backyard party, regardless of the occasion. With fresh blackberries, raspberries and oranges mixed with fruit juices, this punch is refreshing and can be made for adults or for kids, depending if you’d want to add some wine, champagne or vodka.

Watermelon Sangria

No backyard party is complete until it has a watermelon, and this is an easy way to put a giant one to use. With peaches, plums or nectarines with berries and lime, watermelon sangria is a light drink that’s sure to appeal to many of your guests.

Red, White & Blue Sangria

Strawberries, blueberries and pineapple give this drink the patriotic colors it needs to be the perfect drink to show your patriotism. Use a California brut champagne in this mix instead of white wine. It will give it an extra sparkle.

In addition to these drinks, consider having a few games that anyone can have fun playing to keep the party rolling. Beer pong, cornhole, and darts are a few games that all your guests can easily enjoy.

Now that you know what you’re going to serve and have activities lined up, all that’s left to do is invite friends over. Serve the drinks on rotation, so you’ll be set for all your backyard parties. Even better, bring one as your contribution for a friend’s party, and you’ll be the hero.

Don’t Throw Out Your Old Coffee! Make A Delicious Drink

70I still brew a new pot of coffee everyday, but now I stretch my dollar by saving some of the coffee that would otherwise be dumped down the drain. I used to waste lots of coffee by making a new pot of coffee each morning.

Then the next day I would dump the old pot of coffee and make a new one. What can I say I like the great taste of good gourmet coffee. The bitter taste of old coffee wasn’t doing it for me.

Then one day I had a good idea, I decided to start saving my coffee to make a cold coffee drink later. Since I dont like to drink hot coffee in the middle of a hot summer day, the iced coffee drink worked out perfectly.

Here is what I do to make my iced coffee drink, it cuts down on wasted coffee and saves you money in the long run.

When the coffee has cooled off, pour the coffee into a mason jar. Then put the mason jar filled with cooled coffee in the refrigerator. Now when your looking for a nice cool drink to quench your thirst during the middle of the day, you can make an iced coffee drink.

Here is how I make my iced coffee drink:

Put ice in a glass,

Fill the glass about 3/4 full with your left over coffee,

Add your favorite flavored coffee creamer to taste

Stir it up and enjoy your iced coffee

Also try blending the cold coffee up in a blender with ice cream, its delicious.

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Three Delicious Christmas Drinks

69What better way to wash down your Christmas roasts or pudding than with some delicious festive drinks. Here are our three favourite – add cinnamon to taste!


4 egg yolks
50g golden caster sugar
397g can of condensed milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
100ml brandy (depending on taste – increase/decrease)

Pour sugar into a saucepan with 75ml of cold water. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and leave to chill.
Beat the yolks with the vanilla until smooth and add the condensed milk, brandy and cooled sugar syrup. Mix the ingredients well until smooth and pour into a jug and chill for at least two hours. Serve within 24 hours and over ice for best results.

Peppermint hot chocolate

A 200g bar of plain chocolate, smashed into chunks
600ml milk (semi-skimmed or skimmed is fine)
150ml pot of single or double cream
sugar to taste
A peppermint candy cane per mug of hot chocolate

Place the chocolate in a pan with the milk and gently heat over a medium heat. Stir the mixture until all the chocolate has melted. Continue heating until the milk is steaming and then remove from the heat and stir in the cream.
Divide the hot chocolate into mugs between however many partakers there are and add sugar to taste. Hang a candy cane on the edge of each mug. The hot chocolate can be stirred with the candy canes to give a lovely peppermint taste.

Appleberry mulled wine

2 x 75cl bottles of red wine (we prefer Merlot for this recipe)
1 litre of high-quality cloudy apple juice
115g caster sugar
A handful or so (about 100g) frozen mulled fruit, fruits of the forest or Black Forest fruits
1 long cinnamon stick, snapped in half (or two small sticks)
3 small red-skinned apples, sliced into rings
2 star anise
3 tablespoons of orange Curaçao or Cointreau

Tip the wine and apple juice into a large saucepan and add the sugar, cinnamon stick(s) and star anise. Heat gently, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Continue heating gently for another 15 minutes.
Just before serving, swirl in the Curaçao or Cointreau, add the frozen fruits and apple slices.

Christmas drinks need not always be piping hot – I doubt many of our friends in Australia would fancy a boiling mug of mulled wine on the special day! Ice can be added to the hot choc for a sumptuous Christmas milkshake and also to the wine recipe for a festive cooler!