Serving the Community Since 1956

Serving the Community Since 1956

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Little Fruity

We all know drinking water is good for us, especially when it is so warm outside.
We need to drink lots of water every day to replace the water we lose by sweating, breathing, and natural elimination. Staying hydrated helps your skin to be healthy, keeps you from getting headaches and stomach aches, helps digestion and prevents constipation, and controls your hunger. In fact, many people mistaken thirst for hunger and end up eating instead of drinking.

When you get bored of plain water, there are some great varieties of fruit infused water.

Health Benefits of Infusing Water:

1. Hydration. Drinking plain water is pretty boring for some. Infusing fruits into your water can make drinking water a little more fun! The more you drink, the better hydrated your body will be.

2. Detoxification. The water and the fruit in infused water work together to cleanse your body of toxic buildup. This will also give your immune system a little boost from any toxins that were working against it.

3. Less Sugar. Infused water has no additive sugars like sodas, and juices. The sugar in the water comes naturally from the fruit or herbs you put inside. Perfect for those who are watching their sugar intake!

4. More Nutrition. Infused Water has many more nutrients inside that regular water! Because you include the rinds and peels of fruits in the water, you reap the benefits of the high levels of antioxidants and nutrients in the peels.

Fruit Infused Water Recipes:

Citrus Cucumber Water
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 gallon of water
  1. Place all fruits and vegetables in a glass pitcher.
  2. Add water.
  3. Allow to infuse for two hours before serving over ice.

Orange Mint Water
  • 3 large oranges, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1/2 gallon of water
  1. Place mint and orange slices in a pitcher.
  2. Add water.
  3. Infuse for two hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Pour over ice.
  5. Serve garnished with an orange slice and a sprig of mint

Minty Pineapple Water
  • 8-10 mint leaves, whole
  • 1/4 portion of a pineapple, peeled and cut into small triangles
  • 8 cups water
  1. Fill a pitcher with 8 cups of water.
  2. Add pineapple chunks, then sprinkle the mint leaves.
  3. Refrigerate pitcher for 3 hours.
  4. Serve chilled, removing the pineapple chunks and mint leaves by straining.


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