Fruit Infused Water: Benefits and Recipes

Drinking enough water is key to maintaining good health, but there are alternatives to plain water. One of the healthiest ways to give your water a kick is by infusing it with fruit, herbs and even vegetables.

To get the most nutritional value from your infused water, you’ll have to consume the fruit after you’re finished with the water. However, if you’d prefer to discard the fruit afterwards, you’re still reaping benefits by infusing your water in the first place. For example, if you have fun creating new recipes for your infused water, it could lead to more water consumption.

Here are a few recipe possibilities to get you started:

  1. Citrus Mint Water

By adding grapefruit, lemon, mint and cucumber to your water, you’ll get a combination of freshness and citrus that is perfect for a hot summer day. Grapefruit is known to be rich in antioxidants and immune-boosting properties, so snacking on some slices while you hydrate could give you additional health benefits.

  1. Mojito Water

Alcohol can dehydrate you, but you can satisfy your mojito craving with some non-alcoholic, infused water instead! With mint and lime, your water is transformed into a light, tart beverage. If you add a touch of sugar, your taste buds are really in for a treat.

  1. Apple Cinnamon Water

When you think apples and cinnamon, you probably think of autumn days and falling leaves. However, cinnamon is great for digestion, so infusing your water with apple and cinnamon is a great treat year-round. If you add plums and pears to the apples and cinnamon, it creates great balanced flavor.

  1. Ginger Peach Water

Ginger is a root with anti-inflammatory properties that can help with digestion. When ginger is combined with the flavor of a ripe peach, it’s like they’re a match made in heaven.

  1. Watermelon Basil Water

Nothing says “summer” like fresh watermelon. By throwing watermelon and some basil leaves into your water, it’ll be a beautiful mix of green and pink that tastes even better than it looks.

  1. Lavender Lemon Water

Lavender isn’t just a great candle scent. It’s also a natural way to add sweetness to your water. By infusing your water with lemon and lavender, you can create a unique flavor combination that can be made into lemonade with a bit of sugar or raw agave nectar.

I hope these recipes give you ideas for your summer diet. Connect with me on social media to tell me about your favorite recipe!

Edita Kaye’s Summer Bathing Suit Beverages

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Are you ready for bathing and beaches?

If not, you might try to replace a heavy meal with a light one and add these amazing and healthy bathing suit beverages.

Try some healthy, vitamin and anti-oxidant rich fruit and vegetable juices to give yourself, your body and even your brain a boost. Here are my favorites and yes, I do include water (always an excellent choice) but you may also find some new juices to try.

Here’s my “love these juices” list:

  • Pineapple Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Peach juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Lemonade
  • Plum juice
  • Kiwi juice
  • Tomato juice
  • Vegetable juice
  • Grape juice

Watch here to learn more about my favorite summer juices:

Edita’s Raisin Orange Stuffed Baked Apples

Apple and oranges at the market stand Edita Kaye

4 large baking apples, cored

½ cup raisins

1 orange, peeled, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons orange zest (grated orange rind)

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup water

 

Preheat oven to 375°F.

  1. Place the apples in a nonstick baking pan.
  2. In a bowl mix the raisins, orange, cinammon and zest and fill each apple cavity with the mixture. Drizzle a little water over each apple and pour the remaining water into the bottom of the baking pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the apples are tender. Serve hot or cold.

Makes 4 servings.                     Serving size: 1 stuffed apple

 

A Little Soul Food

The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through.

Edita Kaye’s Hot Breakfast Fall Fruit with Ice Cream

Now that fall is here, there is nothing better than hot, steaming fruit and to make it even better, I love to add a generous dollop of ice cream. Wait. That’s not all – I don’t wait for dessert, I enjoy this fall fruit taste and texture sensation for breakfast! Now you can to – go ahead and try it. Here’s the recipe

Edita Kaye green apple dessert

2 large baking apples, seeded and sliced

1 large orange, peeled, seeded and sliced

1 large ripe pear, seeded and sliced

¼ cup water

¼ cup maple syrup

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. In a large nonstick skillet combine the fruit, water, syrup, vanilla and cinnamon and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat. Cover. Simmer for 5 minutes until frut is tender. Serve hot with ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Makes 6 servings      Serving size: 1 cup

By the way you can use any combination of fruit you like!

2 Oatmeal recipes with a twist

edita kaye Pineapple with fronds

Pineapple Oatmeal

 1 ½ cups water

1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, in juice un-drained

1 cup quick cooking oats

½ cup raisins

2 tablespoons brown sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the water and crushed pineapple. Microwave on high about 6 minutes or until boiling. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and microwave on high for 30 to 60 seconds or until the mixture begins to thicken. Serve hot. Makes 2 servings.

 

Maple Syrup Oatmeal

3 ½ cups skim milk
2 cups rolled oats, quick cooking

¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup raisins
1 cup chopped, unpeeled apple

 

Bring milk to a low boil and stir in oats cooking for about 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and add maple syrup, raisins, and apple. Mix well. Serve hot. Makes 4 servings.

Stuffed Baked Apples the Old-Fashioned Way

edita kaye woman with two applesStuffed Baked Apples

4 large baking apples, cored

½ cup raisins

1 orange, peeled, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons orange zest (grated orange rind)

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup water

 

Preheat oven to 375°F.

  1. Place the apples in a nonstick baking pan.
  2. In a bowl mix the raisins, orange, cinammon and zest and fill each apple cavity with the mixture. Drizzle a little water over each apple and pour the remaining water into the bottom of the baking pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the apples are tender. Serve hot or cold.

Makes 4 servings.                     Serving size: 1 stuffed apple

 

How to find fiber-rich foods in your grocery store

edita kaye fiber rich foodsYou’ll start with the produce section which is one of the best places to find fiber-rich foods.

The fruit section offers countless fiber choices including some of the more popular like apples, pears, oranges, kiwi, and berries—blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are good sources of fiber—fresh or frozen are just fine.

The vegetable section is loaded with fiber-rich veggies of every color and description. There are sweet potatoes, cabbage, sweet peppers, carrots, peas, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and more on your fresh produce fiber journey of discovery.

In the bread aisle you’ll find 100% whole wheat or whole grain breads and rolls; double fiber breads like Pepperidge Farm, Orowheat, Roman Meal, and Arnold; there are whole grain tortillas, pitas, bagels and English muffins, too. Then you can look for whole wheat crackers and flat breads like the Kavli brand, or Triscuits, Rye Krisnp, Wasa or Wheat Thins.

In the grains section you’ll find brown rice, quinoa, bulgar wheat and couscous.

We’ve already mentioned cereals—there are many to choose from that are high in fiber. You could start with Fiber One, All-Bran, Kashi GoLean, Post Grape Nuts and others. You’ll also find that oatmeal is high in fiber and a good addition to your fiber-rich breakfast menu.

Go Ahead Try This!

Yogurt with Honey & Nut Cereal

Yoplait Light Yogurt vanilla mixed with one serving
Honey Nut Cheerios

Dried fruit such as apricots, raisins, and prunes are also good sources of fiber and don’t forget Craisins—dried cranberries from Ocean Spray.

When you’re in the canned goods section you might try adding these to your grocery cart: canned beans; bean and lentil-based soups; canned veggies such as corn; applesauce.

This should show you just how delicious and varied fiber-rich choices can be—you’ll get tons of flavor, fiber, and the benefits of diet-friendly foods.

 

 

Breakfast fruit and ice cream – YUMMY!

 Edita Kaye Apple and oranges at the market standBreakfast Fruit a la Mode

 2 large baking apples, seeded and sliced

1 large orange, peeled, seeded and sliced

1 large ripe pear, seeded and sliced

¼ cup water

¼ cup maple syrup

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

  1. In a large nonstick skillet combine the fruit, water, syrup, vanilla and cinnamon and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat. Cover. Simmer for 5 minutes until frut is tender. Serve hot with ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Makes 6 servings

Serving size: 1 cup