This refreshing 'Wonder Water' makes it easy to drink lots of water every day! (Skip to recipe.)
Have the January 'blahs' hit you yet? Are you feeling caught in that nowhere land that comes between the end of the holiday rush and those first stirrings of a distant spring?
We've had unseasonably warm days here in the sunny (ahem - cough, cough) north. I shouldn't be testy, though, because we do have many glorious sunshiny days here in Alberta, both in winter and summer. It's just that they can be deceiving. The sun can be brilliantly sparkling over diamond-encrusted snow while the thermometer hovers decades below the freezing point. A fairy-tale illusion.
We still have a long winter ahead of us up here . . . I'm feeling those 'blahs'. We've just come through a bout of yukky stomach flu that graced us all with its nauseous presence, and it's hard to get our gumption up and going again. We need to be rehydrating our bodies and 'spring cleaning' our systems, not only from the flu, but from all that Christmas feasting.
I was wanting to drink more water, really I was. I just kept forgetting.
However, lately it all got a lot easier when I began making my water wonderful. Just adding a little bit of natural flavour from some fruits, veggies or herbs has made me not only drink more water, but actually crave it.
My aunt (thanks, Auntie Irma) had suggested this to me quite some time ago, and I filed it in the hard-drive between my ears and forgot about it. Til now.
I am loving my naturally flavoured WONDER WATER. (I feel like I should be shouting those words as if a superhero - say Wonder Woman - was to take off in flight).
I may even get me some superpowers.
Who said drinking all that water was a chore?
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Kitchen Frau Notes: Put a big jug of this in the fridge the night before, and you'll have it ready to sip on (or guzzle) all the next day. The apple slices may get a bit brown at the edges, which doesn't affect the taste. If you don't like the hint of brown, you can add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime, although the water will be slightly cloudy.
For another variation, try this Apple Cranberry Detox Water.
Wonder Water with Green Apple, Cucumber & Mint
- 2 litres/quarts filtered water
- ½ green apple (like Granny Smith)
- 3 inch (8cm) piece of cucumber
- small handful mint leaves
- squeeze of lemon or lime juice (optional)
Fill a large jug with the water.
Thinly slice the apple and cucumber. The more thinly you slice them the more surface area there is to release flavour into the water. Add the slices to the water.
Remove the mint leaves from their stems and slightly crush or twist them to help them release their flavour. Add them to the water.
Let chill and steep in the refrigerator overnight. Serve with plenty of ice cubes. Strain out the fruit to serve, or leave some pieces in.
Makes 2 litres.
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