This drink is full of antioxidants. It’s hydrating and I think better than any of the vitamin waters you can buy.
Pour 6 cups good quality water into a pitcher and add:
- 1 large lemon and/or lime, thinly sliced (good for stress & immune system) – you can also make a combo of lemons, lime and even oranges
- 1 small cucumber, skin left on and sliced thinly (hydrating)
- Palmful each: mint and basil, chopped (mint has potassium, calcium, magnesium & iron – good for bones & heart; basil has vit E, potassium and protein – great for skin)
Need to sweeten it? Try raw honey.
Take a spoon and smoosh everything gently. This releases the good oils of the fruit & herbs. Chill, strain and serve, garnished with a fresh herb, flower, or citrus slice.
Note the blue flower in the pitcher…it’s a Borage Flower which is actually an herb; easy growing annual plant with vivid blue flowers and leaves with the flavor of cucumbers. In this recipe, it can be used as a substitute for cucumber.
Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH, is a Certified Culinary Professional and Certfied Modern Herbalist, educator, author, founding editor of www.Abouteating.com a popular website that showcases her many interests in healthy living.