Fruit Infused Water is extremely healthy for you. It is an excellent way to incorporating more fruits and vegetables in your diet. I am sharing healthy pasta salads, sensational smoothies, and Fruit Infused Water.
Orange Infused Water after 8 to 10 hours in the refrigerator.
I have a goal this year to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in my diet. I am NOT a health nut, but I am sold on all the benefits of fruits and vegetables. I know my body and my family’s body needs them. I am convinced the best way to fight the huge problems with health issues and insurance, is too simple eat more fruits and vegetables. I have been thinking about; why I do not add more fruits and vegetables into my diet and my family’s diet. I think I get frustrated with the same old ways of preparing vegetables. I know that vegetable casseroles like what I grew up on including; my sweet potato, green bean, lima bean, mixed vegetable, and more are delicious, but they are not good for you. I love fresh vegetables, and summertime is the perfect time to add more vegetables to our diets.
Fruit Infused Water
How do we eat more fruits and vegetables? They have to be easy to prepare and taste great!
Add Fresh Vegetables To Pasta Salads and other Salads. Season the salad and the dressing!
I am obsessed with healthy pasta salads lately. I have made several that I add fresh cucumber, spinach, tomatoes, and more. The best thing about pasta salads is my entire family loves them. I have made an Italian Shrimp Pasta Salad, Greek Chicken Pasta Salad, Southwestern Chicken Pasta Salad, Balsamic Vinegar Pasta Salad, Easy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad and recently I made an Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad. All of this pasta salad are incredibly delicious, Healthy, and easy to make. They are the perfect meal to prepare ahead of time. If you keep a healthy salad in the refrigerator and ready to eat, you will find yourself eating more vegetables. I also do this trick with snacks. I prepare a huge amount of sandwiches every week and put them into a large container in the refrigerator. See post here…
Easy Ways To Add More Fruits To Your Diet
I have always told my kids that fruit tastes great and is good for you because it is God’s, Candy. Fruits are the first sweet things we had on earth. I know they are great for your health. I will add some of the websites at the bottom of this post I have read which talk about all the excellent benefits of fruits, but do we need to read them to know fruits and vegetables can prevent so many health issues.
Smoothies – Packed with fruits, vegetables, and nutrients. Quick & Easy!
I have been experimenting with lots of different smoothies. I recently added a post for a Terrific Triple Berry Almond Milk Smoothie and a Delicious Blueberry Peach Almond Milk Smoothie. I will be adding more smoothie recipes soon. Smoothies are perfect for after school snacks, a quick breakfast, or even a fast lunch. I have used both frozen fruits and fresh fruits. They both work well. If you use fresh fruit, all you need to do is add a little ice to thicken the smoothie up.
Fruit Infused Water – Are packed with fruits and nutrients.
Infusing your water with your favorite fruits makes great tasting water. It also has tremendous health benefits. You do not need a special container to infuse water just use a regular container or mason jar.
Infused Water is just a fancy term for water full of flavor.
Who likes to drink plain water when they could choose water with flavor? Infused water is made by leaving fruit in the water for hours for the water to pick up the flavors of the fruits and the nutrients. Yes, you get a lot of nutrients from just add fruit to water. To be honest, I never tried infusing water because I thought I had to use a special container to do it. There is no recipe to infusing the water. Just experiment.
Add enough fruit to the container to fill it half way.
After adding the fruits, fill the container with filtered water.
You also want to wash the fruit well and leave the skin on.
Wash and leave the skin on thick fruits too like oranges and lemons. If you are just starting out and are going to experiment with infused water, try adding one fruit at a time. My kids still do not like me to mix the fruits or add herbs, and that is o.k.
Use mason jars to make a small amount or experiment with flavors.
Make a family size picture of infused water.
Fruit Infused Water
For this strawberry-infused water, I use 1-pint strawberries and one lemon. I tried this with three lemons, and they overtook the strawberries. Lemons are unbelievably great for you. They are wonderful to help detox, but they overpower other fruits. When using lemons, I only use one OR make a gallon of just LEMON water.
Strawberry Lemon Infused water after 12 hours in the refrigerator.