– i’ve been on a quest to live a healthier life since having my son, though there has been quite a few bumps in the road! you have been here with me through every step and i feel it’s only fair to continue to share even the small changes i make in my day to day life with you in hopes that it inspires you to also make better choices. the journey started 3.5 years ago as a means to shed my pregnancy weight and as i was challenged with thyroid issues, scheduling conflicts and lack of support i changed my focus. now i aim to make healthier choices on a day to day basis in order to increase my success rate and just have more energy! these flavored waters started as a way to eliminate or control the amount of processed sugar me and my family consume on a day to day basis but have actually turned into a quick and fun mixology session in the mornings. now don’t get me wrong, we indulge from time to time, you’re not looking at a non-dairy, gluten free vegan here ( although i admire those that are ) so the occasional bag of Lays potato chips or sour keys find their way into our house but these flavored waters have me energized and really enjoying our fresh summer produce in a totally new way, check out a few of my favorite concoctions below:
– now is the time to take advantage of your local Farmer’s Markets and we are so lucky to have quite a few to choose from here in the lower mainland! whether your in Vancouver or Maple Ridge there is a farmers market near you and I’ve listed them below, just click on the links to see where you can find them!
– i am an avid farmers market attendee, i LOVE going to these markets and don’t mind paying a little more to shop locally made, organic produce. in my mind my money is going to people in my community rather than a nameless, faceless corporation that pays it’s employees $10 an hr. ok, i will now step off my high horse ( excuse me) and tell you more about the waters!
– the ingredients i have been enjoying lately are mint, lime or lemon or both, raspberries, strawberries, cucumbers, blueberries, and honey ( not all combined mind you). i like a tart and sweet combination so i always start off with pure honey, i would love to be able to say we use organic, raw honey but they just don’t sell it in extra large sizes so we have been using a gallon bottle from Costco as i like honey in my tea instead of sugar as well. as long as your honey is pure with no added sugar you’re good though, before processed sugar was available most people had their own bee farm and honey was all they used to sweeten.
– i use about 1 tablespoon of honey per cup of water, i use this tea scoop from David’s Tea.
– my glass jug holds 1 L of water so i add about 5-7 tablespoons of honey to my jar first.
– i like my flavored water sweet and tart so i juice 2-3 limes/lemons or a combo of both
– add about 1-2 cups of hot water so the honey melts and stir until mixed.
– add in 2-4 cups of ice ( the ice will melt as you add it to the hot water and stir) once your water has cooled from the added ice you can add in your extra flavorings:
– i love to combine cucumbers, whole mint leaves, lemon and lime slices with blueberries for a refreshing drink with just a hint of sweetness from the blueberries. just remember to swap out fresh citrus slices each day as the rinds can add a hint of bitterness if they stay in too long ( that is if you don’t drink the entire jug before then)!
– another combination i love is raspberries, honey, lime, you could even add or swap out strawberries as well, not only do these flavored waters taste awesome they look sooo amazing in the fridge and people will be going back for more if you feature a big jug at a backyard get together!
– apple cider vinegar and sugar free cranberry juice are 2 other ingredients not featured but great for flavored waters! i combine the honey, lime juice, 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar ( depending on how tart you like it) and a splash of sugar free cranberry juice for color. this has been n a steady rotation in our house lately as the apple cider vinegar is great for reducing inflammation and balancing your Ph level.
– i hope this post inspires you to swap out where you can in your food/drink choices or to just visit a farmers market in your area!