How are you doing with hydration? Have you been able to cut back on sugary and caffeinated beverages? Have you noticed the difference in your energy and digestion when you do stay hydrated?
Thanks to the suggestion of our friend and Health Coach, Becky Miller, we’ve been spicing up our water with delicious infusions! They are packed with flavor and offer vital vitamins and minerals with zero calories! All you have to do is clean the ingredients, chop them, place them in a jar, fill it with water and place it in the fridge to soak. Through out the day you have a refreshing beverage that is full of flavor and when the bottle is empty, you can leave your ingredients in the jar and refill with water. You can use citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), fruits (cucumber, watermelon), and herbs (mint, basil, lavender). Now we always have a lemon and a cucumber-mint water ready to go in the fridge! Get creative and try it with your favorite fruits and herbs!
We’ve also been adding soaked chia to our water. Yup! Like chia pets! Related to mint, chia is a powerful seed packed with essential vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber, protein and omega-3s. When you soak these little seeds, they absorb the water and expand into little gelatinous bubbles, kind of like tapioca. Drinking soaked chia adds a nutritional jump to your hydration! Because they expand so much, start with only 1-2 tablespoons per liter, and allow them to soak for 6-8 hours. You can also soak chia in almond or coconut milk for a tasty “Chia Pudding” dessert!