Fruit Infused Waters
Hello there! If you're like me, drinking water does not seem appetizing when there are so many options to consume such as Diet Coke and Sweet Iced Tea. That is why I am excited to write this post to kick start my daily routine of fruit-infused water. Not only does this provide my daily intake of water, but it helps kick the soda habit. Here are some great combinations that I have found and the benefits of implementing fruit-infused water into everyone's diet.
Popular Water Infused Combinations
I love drinking different combinations of fruit water. I usually just use produce and herbs that are in my fridge, but sometimes I will grab an item for a specific combination. Here are some of my favorite combinations:
Strawberry, Blueberry & Raspberry
To prepare your infused water, all you need is a glass, water, ice and whatever produce/herb. I recommend making your water the night before so you can have maximum taste.
If you are not interested in drinking fruit infused water, feel free to try my recipe for Himalayan Salt Sole. This provides great electrolytes.
Benefits of Drinking Fruit Infused Water
There are a plethora number of benefits of drinking fruit water every day. It can assist with:
Hydration & Hunger
Electrolytes (if you include citrus & other fruits)
Prevention of Kidney Stones
These benefits alone should make you excited to implement fruit-infused water into your daily routine. As the spring and summer season approaching, there should be no reason to get affordable and easily accessible fruits and herbs. I hope you enjoy the combinations and your increased hydration.
Is there any combination that you like that was not listed above? Please let us know below in the comments!
Pink Lemonade Smoothie
I can't believe its already February and Spring is right around the corner. Spring brings new life into the year and I cannot wait for the ensuing Farmer's Markets in town. Since I live in the Midwest, they usually begin in March or April, but I am excited for Spring I wanted to share one of my favorite smoothies of the season- Pink Lemonade.
All you need for this smoothie is a few ingredients: Strawberries, Lemons, Banana and Orange Juice. You can add ice or pineapple as optional. If you want to save your batch for future use, you can squeeze the lemon juice and orange juice, but do not blend the strawberries or banana, just slice them. Then add the juice and fruit into a ziploc bag and freeze. When you want to use it, take it out an hour before, and blend. You can then enjoy a fresh fruit lemonade smoothie anytime!
Pink Lemonade Smoothie Recipe
I hope you enjoy one of my favorite smoothies of the Spring and Summer season. Is there anything else you wanted to add to your Pink Lemonade Smoothie? Please comment below!
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If you know me, you know that I love spices and herbs since they are such a multi facet product you can use in your home. I especially love using tarragon as a flavoring in my food products while also using it as herbal medicine.
WhaT IS tARRAGON?
Tarragon is a perennial herb that is prominent in Europe, Asia and North America. There are prominently three varieties of Tarragon, which are the: French, Russian and Mexican variety. All three have distinct flavors and can be used in a variety of dishes.
The flavor profile for all three are as followed. For the French variety, it has a bittersweet and slightly sweet taste with an overall strong flavor. The Russian variety is very bitter but has a lighter flavor taste than the French variety. The Mexican tarragon, or more prominently known as Mexican Marigold, has a similar taste profile than the French variety, but its overall taste is lighter. So if you want a mild tarragon, the best recommendation would be the Mexican variety.
Cooking with Tarragon
Tarragon adds a complex flavor to any meats, fish, salad dressings and breads. I recommend using tarragon in Chicken dishes, since it pairs well with wine-based sauces. For salads and veggies, tarragon pairs beautifully with vinegar-based dressings, since it gives a sweet balance to vinegar's acidity. It also works great with lemon or limes as well for butters, fish dishes and bakes. For breads, you can add it to any Focaccia, homemade crackers or Lemon-Carrot Breads.
We also recommend adding tarragon to soaps and potpourri since it has an aromatic fragrance
Medicinal Benefits of Tarragon
Please note: I am not a doctor and these suggestions are not scientifically proven. These are recommendations to try and see if they can assist you with your ailments. Talk with your doctor if anything is serious and needs attention with proper medication.
Tarragon has been used for its medicinal properties throughout the centuries. A primary example is during the Roman Empire and the use of tarragon to assist with nerves of battle. Since we do not live in such a chaotic world as the Romans, we use tarragon for a plethora of other medicinal benefits. You can consume tarragon either through brewing as tea, by itself or as a supplement.
Tarragon can assist with:
Prevent Food-borne Illnesses such as E. Coli
If you prefer drinking Tarragon tea to assist with the symptoms above, here is how you can make a perfect cup:
Add 1 Teaspoon Dry Tarragon or 1 Tbsp fresh Tarragon in a tea sachet
Boil water and pour water over the tea sachet.
Brew for 3 to 5 minutes.
Optional: To assist with Insomnia, you can add 1/2 tsp of chamomile. To assist with nausea or hunger, you can add a few slices of ginger. For flavor, you can add lemon slices.