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Monday, July 21, 2014

Infused Spa Waters

With the temps we've been having - in the 100's - seems we are always thirsty. We drink a lot of water but sometimes you just want something a little more quenching that has some flavor.
 Introducing Infused Waters.
Benefits:
 hydrating, refreshing, detoxifying
Here's the easy recipe I use on a regular basis. 
Ingredients:
Fruit - 2 cups berries, citrus, melons, pineapple...most fruits will work
Herbs -a sprig of mint, rosemary, thyme, lavender, basil or sage
Water
Ice
2 quart pitcher or jar with lid
Wooden Spoon
Directions:
1. If using herbs, add a sprig of fresh herbs to jar. Press and twist with wooden spoon to bruise leaves enough to release flavor. Do not smash the herbs into bits.
2. Add approx. 2 cups of fruit to jar. Press and twist with wooden spoon just enough for the fruit to start to release some of the juices.

Strawberry Kiwi shown

3. Fill jar with ice cubes


4. Add water to top of jar.
5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
6. Let water sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking.


Poured into pitcher and

Strawberry and Blueberry shown

ready to drink! Yum!


There are many different flavor combinations you can make,
here are a few:

All Citrus: Slice 1 each; orange, lime, lemon into rounds. Cut rounds in half. Add to jar and muddle. Aids in digestion, immune defense, and vitamin C.
Raspberry Lime: Quarter 2 limes. Hand squeeze juice into jar. Add squeezed lime quarters. Add 2 cups raspberries. Muddle. Continue with steps 3 - 6.
Pineapple Mint: Add sprig of mint to jar. smash lightly. Add 2 cups pineapple pieces. Muddle, continue with steps 3 - 6.
Blackberry Sage: Add sage sprig to jar. Smash lightly. Add 2 cups blackberries. Muddle, continue with steps 3 - 6.
Watermelon Rosemary: Add rosemary sprig to jar and smash. Add 2 cups watermelon cubes. Muddle, continue with steps 3 - 6.
Strawberry Kiwi: Add 1 cup each: strawberries, cut in half, blueberries. Muddle, continue with steps 3 - 6. Aids in cardiovascular health, immune system protection, blood sugar regulation and digestion.
Cucumber, Lime, Lemon: Add 1 sliced cucumber, muddle. Cut 1 each lemon and lime into quarters. Hand squeeze juice into jar. Add lemon and lime squeezed lemon and lime quarters. Continue with steps 3 - 6. Aids in water weight management, bloating, appetite control, hydration and digestion.

Our favorites are any kind of berries and watermelon! Yum!
Enjoy!

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