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COFFEE HOUSE QUALITY AT HOME  Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy your favorite coffee-house drinks at a portion of the price? Well, it’s easier than you think and you can elevate them by using the best quality ingredients. Let’s talk lattes—I mean tea lattes. They’re the new rage and quite easy to make at home, especially when fresh filtered hot water is ready to use at the press of a button from the CleanWater Countertop Filtration System. Start out by brewing a cup of earl grey tea. Steam some milk using your Cuisinart espresso maker or using a hand held frother. Add to your brewed tea and you’re ready to start sipping. And on days when you really want to treat yourself, add a teaspoon of homemade chocolate ganache for an exotic hot chocolate that doesn’t require a plane ride or stop at the ATM.

A BETTER BEVERAGE  Monday, February 15, 2010

Childhood nutrition is a hot topic these days, with more and more parents looking for ways to teach their kids healthier eating habits. Well, what they drink is just as important. Sugary drinks and sodas are a source of empty calories, and in some cases contribute to dehydration. Don’t be fooled by 100% fruit juices either. It’s better for kids to get their daily servings from a fresh bite of fruit.

Get kids started early with good drinking habits and keep water readily available to encourage making a better beverage choice. Convenient countertop dispensers like the CleanWater System make it easy enough for older ones to quench their thirst at the press of a button. Save money on juice boxes and pack a reusable bottle with water in their lunchboxes, and don’t forget to keep an extra bottle handy for after school activities to keep them well-hydrated all day long. And remember, the best way to teach is to lead by example, so raise a glass together and say cheers to a happy and healthy family.

[University of Maryland]