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Fruit Infused Water by Edita Kaye

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 Kaye’s Favorite Hot Fruit Sundae

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½ cup applesauce

1 ½ cups fresh cranberries

½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice

½ cup unsweetened apple cider

¼ cup artificial sweetener

1 (1 inch) lemon rind strip

4 cups sliced peeled golden delicious apples

2 cups firm Anjou pears, cored and cut into ¼ inch thick wedges

cooking spray

3 cups vanilla low-fat ice cream

 

Preheat oven to 400°F

  1. To drain applesauce, spread onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Scrape into a mixing bowl using a rubber spatula. This drains the applesauce.
  2. Combine cranberries, juice, cider, sweetener, and rind in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.       Remove from heat. Stir in applesauce.
  3. Combine the apple and pears in an 11×17 inch-baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with the cranberry mixture. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until fruit is tender, basting occasionally with liquid from dish. Serve with ice cream.

Makes: 4 servings

Apricot Pineapple Surprise from Edita Kaye

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4 (1-inch thick) peeled fresh pineapple slices

2 tablespoons apricot preserves – no sugar added

1 teaspoon artificial sweetener

Dash of ground cinnamon

1 cup vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt

 

Preheat broiler.

  1. Place pineapple slices on a broiler pan.       Brush pineapple slices with preserves; broil 6 minutes or until bubbly.
  2. Combine sweetener and cinnamon, and sprinkle over pineapple.

 

Serve warm with one scoop of vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt.

 

Makes 1 serving.

 

Tip

Frozen yogurt for breakfast—divine decadence! You could also try this extraordinary breakfast with fresh strawberries and strawberry jelly, fresh raspberries and raspberry jelly!

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