Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rainy Day Blues

My head hurts, my allergies are acting up and I'm not getting much sleep these days...think it's due to the massive amounts of rain we've been getting? Or am I coming down with a bug? Either way, I've been eating super healthy the past few days and drinking copious amounts of tea, so I'm hoping to fight off whatever is headed my way. Still, I think the nasty skies are helping to bring me down, yo! Why are our moods so tied to the seasons? When I lived in Chicago and Madison, wintry weather would give me the blues something fierce! It's been far less of an issue in sunny Atlanta, but the past month of rain is definitely taking a toll on my spirits.

Anyway, whenever I start to feel icky, I drink some emergen-C and load up on tea. Here are my favorite, new sucralose sweetened tea recipes.

Chamomile-Pomegranate Tea
4 chamomile tea bags
3 cups boiling water
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/3 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs
1. Place tea bags in a large heat-proof measuring cup or pitcher; pour boiling water over tea bags. Steep 1 hour, or until cooled to room temperature. Remove and discard tea bags.
2. Add pomegranate juice and SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener or SPLENDA® Packets, stirring until SPLENDA® dissolves. Serve over ice; garnish with mint sprigs.

Russian Tea
1 packet SPLENDA® Flavors for Coffee, Cinnamon Spice
1 teaspoon SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener FLAVOR ACCENTS™, Lemon
1 tablespoon unsweetened instant tea
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 cup water
Mix all ingredients in a measuring cup or mug. Stir well, heat in microwave for 50 to 60 seconds on high, or until desired temperature. Serve immediately.

On a different but related note, have you ever noticed how rain makes for a powerful movie scene? Here are a few rainy-day clips from five of my all-time favorite movies.

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