Monday, June 2, 2014

Feel the Burn Thrive Lemonade

by Kay Curtiss

I've started a journey to get healthier and lose weight.  I've dieted for years and no longer want to play that game.  Since I've been using THRIVE products for over a year, I've already started incorporating more nutritious ingredients into my cooking.  Recently, I stumbled onto a healthy eating plan that feels right for me - Trim Healthy Mama (THM).   I bought the book and discovered it will be easy to incorporate a lot of my nutritious, time saving THRIVE products in this new eating plan - Yeah new recipes to Thrivealize!

I started playing around with it 2 weeks ago. The first recipe I Thrivealized was the THM recipe for "Good Girl Moonshine"

I created my own version using THRIVE Lemonade. THRIVE Lemonade is unsweetened so it is a perfect addition to this for a great summer flavor! Another way to use this great product!

I loved the taste and have been drinking 1-2 quarts a day.  I lost 5.5 pounds that 1st week.

Then I went to the beach for a week for a family reunion.  We took turns cooking for our group of 35 so I couldn't totally control the food,  but I did watch and I drank my "FEEL THE BURN" LEMONADE daily.  Here's some of us on the beach (I'm the head showing between my niece & nephew on the right).

I actually did good and didn't gain anything back at the beach - I maintained the 5.5 pounds I had lost!

My Before Picture
So here's my new BEFORE picture when I was flying a kite on Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. You can follow my blog for the recipes I create and the weight I lose as I THRIVEALIZE myself to a new healthy weight and lifestyle!

The THM Plan organizes your meals around the 2 types of fuel your body burns -- Fat & Carbs.  Protein is the one constant in every meal. I'm trying to provide my body with either Fat OR Carbs for fuel - not both in one meal.   So . . . Low Carb meals/snacks are Satisfying or "S"meals/snacks, and Good Carb meals/snacks are Energizing or "E" meals/snacks.  It's important that you provide both types of meals/snacks so your metabolism doesn't get lazy processing just one type of fuel.  I love it because there is no right or wrong way to arrange your "S" or "E" meals/snacks.  The only rule about switching between one or the other is to give you body 3 hours in between to totally process the previous fuel source before you introduce the other one.

I will also be THRIVEALIZING some Thrive recipes to make them more in line with either an "S" or an "E" meal/snack.

Are you ready for my recipe for "FEEL THE BURN" LEMONADE?  It's so easy!  You just need these ingredients:

by Kay Curtiss

1 Quart Glass Jar filled with Ice


1 Tablespoon THRIVE Lemonade Powder (SEASONAL so stock up now!)
2-4 Tablespoons Raw Unfiltered Organice Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs)
1 teaspoon Ginger Powder
1 teaspoon Stevia Blend or 2-4 "doonks" (tiny spoon in) Pure Stevia Powder
1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, ground (optional)

Add ingredients to the quart jar of ice.  Fill with water and stir or put lid on and shake.  That's it! Now take a sip and you can "FEEL THE BURN" in your throat from the ginger and cayenne as you drink it!

Click to download "Feel The Burn" Thrive Lemonade recipe

WHY add these these ingredients to THRIVE LEMONADE?  Not just for weight loss!  Here's some links for more information

ORGANIC RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR - " . . . Organic ACV, also known as unpasteurized or raw ACV, contains the "mother of vinegar" - the main substance responsible for health benefits of ACV. Raw vinegar is made from organically grown apples. The "mother" contains living nutrients and bacteria which provide all the essential benefits for losing weight.

The raw apple cider vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and mostly contains only 5% acidity.

The "mother" is made of raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria which helps in healing. . ."


GINGER - Aids in digestion and has antibiotic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.  "Not
only is ginger a culinary marvel, its health benefits are stunning. It has been shown to be more effective against staph infections than antibiotics—and without the adverse effects.

Ginger's culinary qualities are a delight, but its health benefits are simply stunning. It has been shown to be more effective against bacterial staph infections than antibiotics. It can kill cancer cells. Its anti-inflammatory effects are already famous. It can resolve brain inflammations, and ease or cure a variety of gut problems, such as ulcerative colitis and acid reflux. And ginger can even alleviate the effects of gamma radiation. What's not to love about this incredible herb? . . . "  READ MORE . . .

CAYENNE PEPPER - 17 Benefits of Cayenne Pepper:

" . . . A powerful compound with many uses, cayenne pepper is currently gaining buzz for cleansing and detoxifying regimes such as the Master Cleanse, which uses the spice to stimulate circulation and neutralize acidity.

Cayenne pepper has been used for a variety of ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria . . . "    READ MORE . . .


  1. Awesome Kay.
    I'm intrigued. "almost thou dost persuade me"

  2. I came across your blog when preparing for my first Thrive Party because I want to do the 'soup in a cup' bar. I was looking at your guest post on Heather Lorimar's blog for all your recipes and started to notice your recipes included things that glucci and I thought... hmm, this looks a fellow THM follower! Yep! So excited to see THM and Thrive combined!!! I will be spending much more time on your blog :D