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Clean Eating Recipes Perfect for Springtime

Saratoga Water - Tuesday, March 22, 2016


How clean is your spring this year? “Spring Cleaning” doesn’t only have to mean that we sort through our closet and toss out unwanted items—it could also mean that we clean up our pantry, our fridge and our diet.

The recipes below are so colorful, rich in nutrients and delicious that they will inspire you to stick with your spring clean eating habits year-round. And what’s more, with the sun starting to shine a bit more, the recipes below include those seasonal ingredients that can be found right now at your local farmer’s market or grocery store.

Breakfast:
Lemon Poppy Seed Steel Cut Oats: This recipe tastes like a scrumptious lemon poppy seed muffin, minus all those unwanted carbs. The heart-healthy fats, protein and fiber from the cashew butter and steel cut oats make this the perfect recipe for the most important meal of the day!

Instead of the usual sweetener of a spoonful (or two) of sugar, whip up the recipe’s rich, all-natural date paste made from blending pitted Medjool dates and water. The paste is both mixed in with the oats and used for the syrup. With the addition of lemon zest and poppy seeds, you’ll have created the most tasty lemon-poppy seed oatmeal.

Lunch:
Citrus, Fennel, and Avocado Salad: If this recipe doesn’t shout eating seasonal, we don’t know what does. Not only is it bursting with color and flavor, but also the citrus-veggie-herb combination is full of Vitamin C, antioxidants and enriching nutrients that benefit your hair, skin, heart, and so much more.
 
Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad: A simple yet fulfilling dish—you can’t go wrong with a veggie medley mixed with whole grain rotini or penne pasta. And—in our opinion — since the recipe requires grilling vegetables, you might as well stick a few chicken breasts on the grill while you’re at it to add a little protein.  
 
Dinner:
Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Spring Onions: A little crunch, a tart kick and some pizazz is how we like to describe this dish. We love how baking the spring onions both mellows and sweetens them, complimenting the tart, crispy salmon. Keep in mind; a little orange zest (and juice) goes a long way.
 
Spring Panzanella with Asparagus: Food & Wine’s presentation of Spring Panzanella with Asparagus looks much more complicated than it is. There are really only four steps — (slightly) hard-boil eggs, slice and bake bread, cook asparagus and toss all of the ingredients together — for a fresh dish made with some of most simple, seasonal ingredients.
 
Dessert:
Chocolate Oatmeal & Chia Pudding Parfait: Blogger Moeko Munaretto made this creation of hers for breakfast, but we thought we would finish off this recipe post with something sweet for dessert. As divine as it looks, this pudding parfait actually has plenty of health benefits to offer, such as omega-3 fatty acids from the chia seeds, manganese, phosphorus, copper, selenium and many more minerals from the oats, and Vitamin C and antioxidants from the berries. Eating clean never tasted so good!

Bon Appétit!


Luck of the Irish: St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Saratoga Water - Monday, March 14, 2016

You don’t have to be Irish or even like the color green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Look at March 17 as a day to cook delicious authentic cuisine and have fun with family, friends and co-workers. How about starting your day with an Irish Coffee or ending it with a Stout and Ice Cream Float? We have a feeling you’ll definitely feel the luck of the Irish in these recipes below. Remember, there’s no shortage of fun to be had on this holiday. Enjoy and drink responsibly!

Irish Coffee
Start your morning with a little coffee, a little brown sugar and a little Irish whiskey. Top your breakfast buzz with whipped heavy cream and enjoy!

Irish Cocktail

Not much of a coffee drinker? No reason to worry, there are plenty of Irish whiskey cocktails you can try this St. Patrick’s Day. This Irish cocktail called “The Copywriter” is easy-drinking and easy to make.

Guinness Beef Stew

If you prefer beer over Irish whiskey, this Guinness Beef Stew is a must! Insider tip: you should also make a side of mashed potatoes -- they go perfectly with this hearty and traditional Irish dish. 


Irish Soda Bread
A traditional Irish meal isn’t complete without Irish Soda Bread. Imagine a large loaf filled with raisins and sweetened with brown sugar. What’s the best part? It takes less than an hour to prepare and bake!

Stout and Ice Cream Float
End your day of celebrating with one more treat. Scoop vanilla ice cream into a pint glass and pour Guinness right on top. The recipe says it makes 2 servings, but we won’t judge if you want to enjoy this dessert all by yourself.

Have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Orange-Tangerine Spring Inspired Recipes

Saratoga Water - Friday, March 04, 2016


Spring has (almost) sprung! With a new season right around the corner, we’re anxiously awaiting new flavors and ingredients to join our recipes. Cooking with seasonal fruits and vegetables keeps your kitchen experience exciting. Try making one of these recipes inspired by our Orange-Tangerine Essence water. They are just what you need to get primed and ready for springtime. And trust us, the juice is worth the squeeze. Enjoy! 

Orange Romaine Salad
Light, refreshing and simple to make. This salad uses a light honey vinaigrette that complements the oranges nicely with the right amount of sweetness. Great for parties or even a weekly go-to meal. Try adding grilled chicken or fish as your protein option.

Roasted Butternut Orange Risotto
A great transition meal that combines winter and springtime flavors. You can garnish with dried cranberries, chopped pecans or fresh herbs.

Orange Blossom Cheesecake

Love to bake? This dessert is the perfect blend of fruit and cheese. It’s decadent, creamy, citrusy and most of all, tasty.

Orange Cream Float

A refreshing alternative to the classic root beer float. For a lower-calorie version, try using Orange-Tangerine Essence water instead of the orange flavored soda.

Saratoga Essence comes in three flavors: Orange-Tangerine, Lemon-Lime and Wild Berry. To learn more about this zero calorie, sparkling spring water or to purchase online, click here.

Something Blue: Unique Ways to Incorporate Blue in Your Wedding

Saratoga Water - Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A wedding is all in the details and on this Wedding Wednesday we’re sharing unique and creative ways to incorporate the cherished “something blue” tradition throughout your big day. The color blue doesn’t have to be your wedding color, but these photos and blog below offer romantic and subtle touches to bring this element to life for all of your guests to enjoy.



Blue Cocktails & Cake
Byron Bay Celebrant on Instagram shows a fun way to add a dash of blue to your wedding cocktail hour and dessert. Offer your guests a blue martini or serve theme a slice of this blue ombré cake. Be careful with food dye though -- you don’t want your guests to have blue teeth.



Blue Table Settings
The “something blue” is a traditional aspect of the wedding that is meant to represent love, purity and fidelity. Share this element on all of the tables by using blue tablecloths as seen here by Charmed Events.



If you only want to add a touch of blue to your tables, try using blue napkins like this elegant table setting featured by smpweddings.



A Blue Dress
We’re loving this dip-dyed dress by rmine. The little touch of color at the bottom of the gown adds enough blue to make a big splash as your “something blue” on your big day.



Blue Flowers
Using blue flowers doesn’t have to mean only blue flowers. This flower design by Succulents & Saffron offers a blend of blues, pinks, whites and greens. The teal candles are a nice touch that ties the whole romantic table scape together. 



Cobalt Blue Bottles as Escort Cards or Table Numbers
We had to save the best “something blue” for last. Rustic Robin used Saratoga Spring Water as her escort cards and her table numbers. To view more of these photos, click here.



To learn about adding Saratoga Spring Water to your big day, contact us.


Caring for Fresh Flowers

Saratoga Water - Monday, February 15, 2016


You have just received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from that special someone, but there’s only one problem…in all your years, you’ve never been successful in keeping the flowers alive for more than a few days. Give your flowers the best care possible, keeping them fresh and extending their shelf life, with these fresh flower care instructions.

1. Before the vase. Remove any greenery from the bottom of the stems and cut 1”-2” off of the stems in a bowl of water to prevent extra air from going into the stems. Design Mom says it’s a good idea to trim the stems a bit every day to help the flowers receive the most water and nutrients possible.

2. Two truths and one myth: “All flowers need is water, love and sunshine.” The myth is that all flowers need sunshine. However, when placed in a vase, flowers should avoid direct sunlight. Wind (including ceiling fans), direct sunlight, and ripening fruits that emit ethylene gas, can dehydrate the flowers and cause the buds to close up and petals to have poor color. It’s best to keep the flowers in a cool spot, as they bloom best in temperatures between 65 and 72 degrees.

3. Water. It is very important that you actually change the water every other day. In addition to changing the water, it’s beneficial to clean the vase. This habit will help reduce germs and any debris from the stems that creates that slimy water and ultimately dead flowers. The fresh water should be lukewarm, unless yours are bulb flowers, which need cold water.

4. Flowers need brain food, too. As soon as the flower is separated from the plant, it loses the nutrients it needs to survive. Ask the florist for extra flower food to add in the water each time you change it out. To learn how to make your own homemade flower preservative recipe, click here.

Each flower type is unique and needs its own specialized love and care. Click here to learn about specific care instructions.

Sweet Chocolate Treats for Valentine's Day

Saratoga Water - Friday, February 05, 2016
Valentine’s Day just got a whole lot sweeter with these chocolate recipes—whether you are a dark, milk or white chocolate lover, there is something for everyone to try!



Trust us, these beautiful Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes with Lavender Glaze are much simpler to make than you would think. Makes 12-14

Ingredients:
For the Cake
• 3.5 ounces dark chocolate
• 1 cup water
• 1 stick of butter, softened
• 1 ¼ cups brown sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
½ cup plain flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
For the Lavender Glaze
• 1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender (find it at your local natural foods store)
• 1/3 cup milk
• 1 cup icing/powdered sugar
• 1-2 drops violet food color (optional)

Ready to give these delicious cakes a try? Click here for full baking and glazing directions.

Try making the Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge for a Valentine’s Day treat—it’s the most delicious blend of sweet, crunchy and gooey. 

Ingredients:
• 3 cups melting chocolate
• 14.5 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
• 10 ounces maraschino cherries
½ cup chopped almonds

Learn how to make this tasty, no-bake fudge here

There is so much goodness in one bite with these White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes. You can’t go wrong with rich white chocolate, real raspberry and homemade whipped cream! Serves 48 bites.

Ingredients:
For the Crust:
• 1½ cups Oreo cookie crumbs, cream centers removed (about 22-23 finely crushed cookies)
• 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
For the Custard:
• Half bag (6 ounces) pure white chocolate chips
• ¼ cup half and half
• 1½ (12 ounces) blocks whole cream cheese, softened to almost melted
• ¼ cup sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Raspberry Sauce:
• 5 ounces frozen or fresh raspberries
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
• 1½ teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons water

Oreo and chocolate lovers will go crazy for this dessert. Click here for full baking directions.

If baking isn’t your thing, try drinking your chocolate instead! This Chocolate Martini recipe from Pint Sized Baker is easy and pairs seamlessly alongside strawberries or raspberries.

Ingredients:
• 1½ ounces Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
• 1½ ounces Creme de Cacao
• ½ ounce Vodka
• 2½ ounce half-and-half
• Chocolate chips, crushed and melted

Directions:
1. Place your martini glass into the fridge to chill.
2. Crush a ¼ cup of chocolate chips and place them on to a large paper plate. Melt ¼
 cup of chocolate chips and put them into a baggie.
3. Swirl the inside of the martini glass with the melted chocolate. Add some melted chocolate around the rim of the glass and dip it in the crushed chocolate.
4. Place a few ice cubes into a shaker. Add all ingredients, shake and pour into the prepared glasses.

Valentine’s Day-Inspired Cocktails using Saratoga Spring Water

Saratoga Water - Friday, February 05, 2016
Saratoga Spring Water
You don’t have to be a mixologist to impress your Valentine with an exceptional cocktail. We’ll let you in on a secret—the essential ingredient is Saratoga Spring Water’s Sparkling Spring Water.

Sparkling water lends the perfect amount of effervescence to your drink without the extra calories. For a little bit more punch, try mixing things up by adding one of our Essence flavors in Wildberry, Orange-Tangerine and Lemon-Lime.

Need a bit of inspiration? We’ve picked a few of our favorite cocktail recipes to help get the celebration started -- but they also happen to be delicious year round. Cheers!


Chocolate Cherry Cha Cha: We think this chocolate-covered-cherry tasting martini is so delectable that it trumps the typical chocolate-covered strawberry. A splash of Sparkling Spring Water gives it the perfect pizazz.
Strawberry Pomegranate Sangria: A fruity, festive drink fit for any Valentine’s Day soiree; and the Sparkling Spring Water is the best complement to any wine of your choosing.
Raspberry Lemon Drop: This cocktail is for the sassy sweetheart because it has just the right amount of tart. Swap the Sprite or 7UP out for Lemon- Lime flavored Sparkling Spring Water!
Strawberry Balsamic Cocktail: The aroma of mixed, fresh strawberries and basil makes this drink extremely refreshing, and the hint of bubbly really pushes it over the top.

Signs of Dehydration and the Benefits of Drinking Water

Saratoga Water - Wednesday, January 27, 2016



If you’re feeling dizzy, thirsty, and/or have a headache, it could be that you are dealing with a mild case of dehydration. And those are only a few of the minor symptoms. Other, more serious symptoms can include:
  • ·      Confusion
  • ·      Weakness
  • ·      Irritability
  • ·      Constipation
  • ·      Decreased urine output
  • ·      Fainting
  • ·      Fever

 

Our bodies are made up of 60 percent water, therefore, it is vital to both our physical and mental health to stay hydrated.

 

Drink water and soak in the many benefits:

 

Assists with weight loss. A glass of water 30 minutes before each meal can trick your body into being “full”, thus controlling your appetite and the calories you consume. Also, cutting out a sugary soda habit and replacing it with water helps reduces the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems.

 

Feel refreshed, revitalized, and happy. Water wakes you up, will keep you going, and when you’re feeling energized and on the move, chances are you’re in a good mood. A lack of fluids can lead to muscle fatigue, and result in exhaustion. Drinking more, especially before and after exercise, replenishes the fluids lost from sweating and will keep you moving the remainder of the day.

 

Healthier skin. Without water, our skin becomes dry, dull, and wrinkled…but drinking the right amount each day allows the body to lock in the moisture it needs to create stronger, more radiant skin.

 

Cleansing. Water cleanses the body by flushing out the waste through urine, and according to Women’s Health, if your urine is “extra yellow”, it could mean that your body is over concentrated with toxins.


Balance within the body. A sufficient amount of water maintains the many functions within your body, such as (but not limited to): digestion, absorption, circulation, body temperature, bowel movement, and the transportation of nutrients.

 

How To Get in the Habit of Drinking More Water:

 

A great way to avoid dehydration is to begin each day with a glass of water. Reach for water before your coffee and you’ll start to feel refreshed and awake sooner. Practices like keeping a bottle of water always at your side, in your bag or at your desk is a great reminder to drink up. Have you tried sipping through a straw, or setting a goal to drink water before every meal? These little tricks will go a long way in helping  you form this daily, healthy habit. 

 

At times we may avoid drinking regular water because the taste can be, well, boring. Luckily Saratoga Spring Water has three Sparkling Essence flavors, infused with the essence of natural fruit and no added sweeteners. And good news—according to Live Strong, sparkling water is just as hydrating as still water!

Healthy Recipes for 2016

Saratoga Water - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Whether your resolutions are to eat healthier in the new year or to become a better chef in the kitchen, these simple and delicious recipes will help you start 2016 off on the right foot. Plus, nothing pairs better with Saratoga Spring Water than some healthy and delectable nosh. Here are a few recipes you can try for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert.  


whole-grain berry pancakes


Whole-Grain Berry Pancakes

A sweet start to the day, sans sugary batter. The raspberry puree on these whole-grain pancakes makes for a great alternative to maple syrup.

Ingredients:

  • • 1/4 c. old-fashioned oats
    • 3/4 c. buttermilk
    • 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
    • 1/8 tsp. salt
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tbsp. canola oil
    • 2 tsp. vanilla
    • Walnuts, for serving
    • Berries, for serving
    • Pureed raspberries, for serving

  • Directions:
    1. Soak oats in buttermilk 20 minutes. In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Whisk egg, canola oil, and vanilla into oat mixture until just combined.
    2. Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet on medium. Working in batches, pour batter by 1/4-cupfuls onto hot skillet. Cook until tops are bubbly and edges look dry. Turn; cook until undersides are golden.
    3. Serve with walnuts, berries, and pureed raspberries.



This vegetarian dish is always a crowd-pleaser! Serve it as an appetizer or if you’re looking for a heartier meal, serve with grilled chicken or shrimp. Pair this with our Orange-Tangerine Saratoga Essence for even more zest.

Ingredients: 
• 4 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds (about 1 1/2 pounds)
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• Kosher salt
• 4 round, pocketless whole-grain pita
• 1/3 cup prepared hummus
• 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
• 2 cups baby arugula
• 1/4 cup chopped almonds
• 1 lemon, quartered, for serving

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the zucchini on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt; mix well and spread to 1 layer. Roast until browned and very tender, about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
2. Warm the pita on a grill or griddle until nicely toasted, but still soft, and spread each with 1 heaping tablespoon hummus. Top each piece with 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese, 1/4 of the roasted zucchini, about 1/2 cup baby arugula, and 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped almonds. Serve with a lemon wedge.



Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Meatballs
A lighter version of the traditional meatball with a little bit of a twist. Total time to prepare this delicious entrée is only 30 minutes.

Ingredients:
• 4 oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves, drained and blotted dry
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 large jalapeño—halved, seeded and coarsely chopped
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
• 1 pound ground chicken breast
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten
• 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, for dusting
• One 14 1/2-ounce can peeled whole tomatoes with their juices
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions:
1. In a food processor, pulse the sun-dried tomatoes, 1 garlic clove, half of the jalapeño, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper until finely chopped. Add the bread crumbs and pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the chicken, egg and milk. Using lightly moistened hands, roll the mixture into 20 meatballs, a scant 1 1/2 tablespoons each. Dust the meatballs lightly with flour, tapping off any excess.
2. Wipe out the food processor and add the remaining garlic clove and jalapeño half; pulse until chopped. Add the tomatoes and their juices and the oregano and process until smooth.
3. In a 9-inch cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the meatballs and cook over moderate heat, turning, until golden but not quite cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the tomato sauce to the skillet and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Return the meatballs to the skillet and simmer, turning, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with the parsley and serve.



Dark Chocolate and Banana Sundae
Indulge your sweet tooth and enjoy this dark chocolate and banana sundae year round! No dairy, no added sugars, just natural goodness and lots of flavor.

Ingredients:

• 4 large ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
• 2 oz. dark chocolate (60% to 70% cacao)
• 4 cherries, divided

Directions:
1. Freeze bananas, 3 hours. Pulse in food processor until smooth, stirring often.
2. Melt dark chocolate. Divide bananas among 4 bowls; drizzle with chocolate and top each with 1 cherry.



Sparkling Essence Lime-Mint Lemonade

Saratoga Water - Friday, January 15, 2016
With an eye towards summer, try our take on lemonade with less sugar and more sparkle! 



Recipe: Sparkling Lime-Mint Lemonade

• 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
• 24oz fresh made lemonade
• 12oz Saratoga Sparkling Lemon-Lime Essence
• 1 fresh lemon
• Ice (optional)


Combine lemonade and mint leaves in pitcher. Gently muddle the mint leaves with a wooden spoon.

Add Saratoga Sparkling Lemon-Lime Essence and ice. Garnish with mint leaf and a lemon wheel and enjoy! 


Serves 2-4.



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