Summery Drink Infusions

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“Enrichment” Lime, Raspberry and Rose Petals

Ingredients:

1 lime sliced 

1 fresh punnet of raspberries 

dried rose petals

 

Method:

Prepare all ingredients as directed

To make the rose petal ice cubes simply place a few rose petals in an empty ice cube tray then cover with water to set in the freezer

Once the ice cubes are set, fill your container, glass, bottle or what ever you decide to use with the freshly sliced lime, raspberries and rose petal ice cubes and you’re good to go!

Allow to set in the fridge for about half an hour for all the natural goodness of the ingredients to infuse with the water.  

 

Benefits: 

This water infusions aims to rehydrate, revitalise and “enrich” ourselves inside and out.

The combination of raspberries, limes as well as the wholesome goodness in which rose petals provide, gives us not only awesome flavour, but an amazing amount of natural vitamin C, providing anti-inflammatory properties further more helping keep our immunity strong and fight infection. This drink provides high anti-oxidants to the system, this anti-oxidant effect has proved beneficial in boosting natural collagen production and promotes good healthy skin, if we clean our insides we can also clean our outsides too!

Along with the intense hit of vitamin C, this blend helps aid in digestion, from the natural fibre found within the raspberries, to the medicinal use of rose tea or water infusions which have been used for thousands of years to relieve digestive issues and promote a healthy gut, as rose water naturally increase the bodies secretion of bile, to help innately break down our food. The more we naturally digest, the more we secrete bad toxins in our system. 

 

“Cool, Calm and Collected” Orange, Blueberry and Lavender ice cubes

Ingredients:

1 large orange sliced into rounds 

1/4 cup fresh lavender leaves

1 punnet fresh blueberries 

 

Method:

Prepare all ingredients as directed 

To make the ice cubes, wash the lavender “leaves” this is the part connected to the stem not the leaves from the lavender flower

Place the leaves in an empty ice cube tray and cover with filtered water, then place in the freezer to set

Once the ice cubes have set, combine all ingredients into a glass, jar or what ever you decide to make your detox water in, cover with filtered water until it is full to the top, then set in the fridge for the flavours to thrive!

Keep in the fridge to keep the fruits looking nice and fresh if you don’t finish it. 

 

Benefits:

By the end of the year, everything becomes very fast paced, we have parties, work, meetings, celebrations as well as non stop drinking and eating, which can lead us to feeling a bit spaced out and run down. 

Lavender has been used for centuries as well as present day, as a natural “relaxer” it’s compounds, scent and even taste provide our bodies with a calming aspect, settling our nerves, which further more makes us sleep better and just be! Lavender has also been used to relieve symptoms of pain.

Combined with the natural vitamin C found in oranges and blueberries, which help promote good immunity, the combined nutritional blend between the lavender and blueberries also have healthy heart attributes as well! Promoting good circulation and good cholesterol in the body which all leads to a happy healthy heart and happy healthy body over all! 

 

“Relax” Strawberry, Basil and Cherry

Ingredients:

1 punnet fresh strawberries sliced length ways 

9-10 organic basil leaves 

1 punnet fresh cherries (pips removed)

 

Method:

Prepare all ingredients as directed 

To make the cherry ice cubes, place a cherry in each of the empty ice cube tray slots and cover with filtered water, then return to the freezer to set.

Once set, combine all ingredients in the jar/ container you wish to use, then cover with filtered water.

Allow to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes for the flavours and natural goodness to fill the water.

Enjoy! 

Benefits:

By this time of year we are all pushing ourselves to the brink to get that “summer bod” which means a lot of stress beyond our hectic work and social lives, further more meaning a lot of stress on our bodies as well! So we need to make sure we are replenishing ourselves properly for all the effort we are exerting. 

Cherries, especially cherry juice is slowly creeping more into the health market as a post training drink. Beyond it’s powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help fight any nasties in our system, it’s natural compounds have been found to limit muscle related issues such as arthritis and relieve muscle aches and pains. 

Along with this, basil too has links to curing muscle and joint related issues, combined this drink not only detoxifies our system with needed antioxidants and great flavour, but helps relax our hard working bodies, by provided nutritional relief to our muscles and joints. 

“Antioxidants”  Pineapple, Passionfruit and Mint

Ingredients:

1/4 of a fresh pineapple diced into cubes

1/4 cup fresh passionfruit pulp

8-10 mint leaves 

Method:

Prepare all ingredients as directed

Combine all ingredients in the jar/ container you wish to use, then cover with filtered water.

Allow to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes for the flavours and natural goodness to fill the water.

Enjoy! 

Benefits:

This blend not only tastes great, but packs a big natural punch of anti- inflammatory, bacterial and anti-oxidants affects on our bodies. 

The citrus content in both the passionfruit and pineapple counter act to promote good digestion, immunity, eye health from the Vitamin A content, as well as both having a remedial affect on asthma and lung health! 

With the added refreshing taste of mint, our tummies will be thanking us! Mint water infusions are used to help counter act inflammation in the gut and ease indigestion as well as limit the feeling of nausea “perfect for a hangover”.

Freeze the pineapple cubes, and blitz with the passionfruit and mint to make a yummy healthy cocktail or refreshing treat on a summers day! 

 

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“Detoxify” Cucumber, Ginger and Lemongrass

Ingredients

1 medium sized cucumber sliced into rounds

3 cm piece of ginger grated or sliced 

1 lemongrass stick finely chopped 

 

Method:

Prepare all ingredients as directed

Lemongrass can be quite tough, to help break it down, (carefully) crush it with the back of a large kitchen knife until you start to fill the stick soften then begin to chop.

Combine all ingredients in the jar/ container you wish to use, then cover with filtered water.

Allow to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes for the flavours and natural goodness to fill the water.

Enjoy! 

 

Benefits:

Over summer we tend to drink a little more than we should.. this can lead to an increase in nasties in our system including inflammation in our gut, which further more leads to gut related issues and unsettling problems. 

Detoxifying our system is ultimately the way to go, this doesn’t mean we have to stop drinking and enjoying ourselves, its all about, yes.. “balance”. Lemongrass and Ginger both have immensely cleansing and healing properties due to their high nutritional count of “anti” compositions. 

Ginger has become a staple healer, we include it in most things now if we feel an onset of a cold or flu, or just feeling initially sluggish. Beyond the immunity factors ginger helps with easing nausea, stabilising brain function and ladies and can help heal menstrual pain, paired up with lemongrass’s detoxifying actions and calming actions, it really creates a total balance throughout. 

Combined with the hydrating, and healthy skin prompting actions of cucumber, this drink is perfect to revitalise and rejuvenate ourselves in the summer heat and after a few big nights. 

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