Getting our daily dose of water helps our organs perform their functions, keeps our skin clear and hydrated, and allows physical action in our bodies to flow smoothly. Even with this knowledge, it can still be challenging to drink all the water our bodies deserve daily. Bored of plain water? Try adding a few mint leaves, a wedge of lemon, a sprig of parsley, slices of cucumber, a twist of lime or a squeeze of orange. Or try one of the recipes below for tasty and refreshing i
We used to make sun tea every summer in Maine - the sun's energy makes a taste unlike any other cup of tea I've had.
Prep time: 2 minutes
"Cook" time: 24 hours
Yield: 2 liters
3-4 tea bags of your choice
1. Fill an extra-large mason jar (or other 2 liter glass jar) with water, add 3 or 4 of your favorite tea bags and cover with lid.
2. Place in sun for one full day and let the shining rays pour in heat and energy, bringing out the wonderful tea flavors.
3. Sweeten if so desired with natural sweetener and serve at room temperature or cold over ice in small mason jars or glasses. Garnish with mint leaves or lemon wedge.
Ginger Lime Drink
Ginger is incredibly refreshing and has also been shown to reduce nausea and ease exercise-associated muscle pain.
Prep Time: 7 minutes
"Cook" Time: 24 hours
Yield: 4-5 servings
1/4 cup grated fresh ginger root*
5 cups water
juice of 2 limes
maple syrup to taste
1. Mix the freshly grated ginger with water in a large saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes.
3. Cover the pan and turn off the heat; leave for 24 hours.
4. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve.
5. Add the lime juice and maple syrup. Stir until dissolved. Serve chilled.
*Note: You can make a very strong ginger tea (5-6 tea bags) and let it sit for 24 hours if you don't have access to fresh ginger root.