Thursday, July 2, 2015

Healthy Hydration- DIY fruit and Veg infusions

Pretty to look at and great tasting, refreshing yet low in calories, highly hydrating but simple to prepare. .. What more could one ask from a summer drink?  If you haven’t already tried fruit and herb infusions this summer may be a good time to start.  

In fact infusions are a great way of encouraging ourselves and our loved ones to drink more water.  It is an excellent low calorie alternative to commercial sodas and packaged juices.    

Making infusions is as easy as it gets.  Fill a clean glass jar with water.  Thinly slice your choice of ingredients and place them in the jar of water.  U can use herbs, fresh fruit, spices, vegetables and even edible flowers.    And wait…. for as little as 30 minutes to as long as a couple of hours depending on how strongly flavoured you like your water.  I would recommend refrigerating the infusion given the seasonal warm weather.  You can refill the jar with water a few times before discarding the ingredients and starting afresh.

Whether you prefer colourful  rose petals and lavender or fragrant basil or rosemary, whether you crave the sweetness of melon and pear, the zing of ginger and cloves or the freshness of cucumber and fennel, infusions will quench your thirst and increase your water intake naturally and pleasantly. 

Remember that infusions will aid detoxification and depending on the ingredients you use can support immunity, aid weight loss or relieve congestion.  The choice of flavours very much depends on your individual preferences and, in practical terms, on what you have available.  We recommend using seasonal produce since fresh is always best.  Where possible include organic produce in your infusions to reduce toxic build up   Other than that use your imagination and let your taste buds be your guide. 

 Soap Cafe also stocks an interesting and delicious blend of berries and spices, originally designed to be infused as teas but which works excellently in cold infusions.  My personal favourite is Berry Wellness, a vibrant blend of organic strawberries, goji berries, cranberries, blueberries, ginger and liquorice root among other luscious ingredients. 

Our teas can be enjoyed hot and cold. Honey, agave syrup

or coconut sugar can be used to sweeten them up naturally. We also usually recommend adding a slice of lemon or lime to prevent oxidation of the tea leaves preserving the detoxification qualities of these infusions.  Find out about more teas and herbs here.

You can find an extensive selection of ideas for your infusions at the links below.  Write in and let us know which you prefer and share your original recipes with us.

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