Infused Water Dismantled

I’m not a fan of just drinking water all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I drink it but sometimes I like adding different flavors without adding any sugar or artificial flavoring. Most people just grab these infused waters off the shelves because the label looks like everything inside should be natural. You open it up and then take your first sip. It tastes like water with a hint of flat flavor.  You keep looking at the label and find out that this water has about fifteen different ingredients. You don’t even know where the spring of water comes from let along those ingredients.

Let’s dismantle infused water using in-season, organic fruits and veggies, herbs, spices, and some healthy add-ins that take your infused water to the next level.

Before mixing

Choose 2 cups of water.

Water: Spring water (Fuji is my favorite),  Coconut water (Zico is my brand), If you’re not able to get these, at least, make sure your water is filtered.

Choose a combination of 1/2 cup fruit and veggie of your choice.

Fruit: berries, mangoes, pineapple, lemon, lime, melons, kiwi, and star fruit,  other tropical fruits, peaches, nectarines, apricots

Veggies: Cucumbers, celery, carrots, beets, garlic,

Add a couple of sprigs of herbs

Herbs: Parsley, Mint, Rosemary, Cilantro, Dandelion flowers, Chamomile flowers and buds, lavender, rose petals, ginger, turmeric, sage, basil, and thyme, lemongrass, stevia

Spices: Cinnamon bark, dried dill weed, pepper,  and a bit of Himalayan salt, and organic spices of your choice that you can put into an organic tea bag.

A couple of drops of your favorite essential oil like Cinnamon bark, clove, peppermint, lemon, sweet tangerine, nutmeg, lavender, evening primrose oils are some of my favorites.

Nutritional add-ins:  Liquid versions of the following can also be added: vitamin B Complex, vitamin D, Slippery Elm, and apple cider vinegar.

Blueberry water

Here’s my favorite infused/blended water

  • 2 cups spring water, (I like using Zico coconut water)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries (blueberries are my favorite)
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic English cucumber chunks
  • 1 small piece ginger grated
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 dropper full of vitamin B complex
  • 4 drops liquid vitamin D
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 7 drops liquid stevia

Take the berries and cucumbers and place them in a bottom of a clean glass bottle, mason jar, or even a blender container if you have no mason jars. Take the ginger and place in an organic paper tea bag. Place inside a glass bottle. Add the water of choice, along with the rest of the ingredients. Let sit for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

If you’re impatient like I am most of the time, you can just skip the tea bag step (if you don’t add the herbs) and mix it all together in a blender with a bit more water and get the most benefits of the fruits and veggies.

Water doesn’t always have to taste bland. We can add natural organic flavor to the water to make it both nutritional and healthy for what our body needs. Let me know what kinds of combinations you try.

Wishing you wellness for a new day.

 

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I BIT OFF MORE THAN I COULD CHEW

Each month I’ve been putting myself on different challenges. Last month I wanted to lose 18 pounds. I only lost 13. This month I bit off more than I could chew and instead of losing another 16 pounds I gained back 8 pounds. Now, you’re probably saying “Welcome to my life!” I’m telling you all this because I have come to the conclusion that being on such a strict diet, and eliminating entire food groups is just as detrimental to our health as eating only processed food.

At the beginning of the month I said that I would only eat protein and vegetables. Well that became very difficult for me because I was craving something sweet. Yes, I am a sweet-a-holic. Eliminating fruit was crazy.

My own program

So what do I do now. Now I think I’m going on my own program. It includes all food. I know that if I tell myself I can’t have something that is all I want. So my own program is this. I will eat anything I want, any time I want, but only one serving of it. I will smile when I eat an apple, and giggle when I eat some chocolate. I will not condemn myself for wanting taco chips. I will also have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast instead of eggs all the time. I don’t want to see another cooked egg.

This morning I had 2 pieces of gluten-free french toast made with coconut milk topped with unsweetened apricot jam and it was wonderful.

When it comes to fitness. I’m not going to run a marathon or have rock hard abs.  But I will be walking and hiking more. I will also be lifting weights with some of my old Joyce Vedral books.

So I bit off more than I can chew, so now it’s time to swallow my pride and get to work on February’s Living Simple Challenge.