Easy Fruit & Herb Flavored Water
- fruit — 2 cups berries, citrus, melons, pineapple…most fruits will work (see recommended amounts in directions)
- herbs — a sprig of mint, basil, sage, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, or lavender
- water (tap or filtered)
- iceDirectionsSupplies needed: 2 quart pitcher or jar with lid; muddler or wooden spoon
General formula for whatever fruit/herb combo you desire.
1. If using herbs, add a sprig of fresh herbs to jar/pitcher; press and twist with muddler or handle of wooden spoon to bruise leaves and release flavor; don’t pulverize the herbs into bits.
2. Add approx. 2 cups of fruit to jar/pitcher; press and twist with muddler or handle of wooden spoon, just enough to release some of the juices
3. Fill jar/pitcher with ice cubes.
4. Add water to top of jar/pitcher.
5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Suggested flavor combinations:
ALL CITRUS (no herbs) — Slice 1 orange, 1 lime, 1 lemon into rounds, then cut the rounds in half. Add to jar and proceed with muddling, add ice & water.
RASPBERRY LIME (no herbs) — Quarter 2 limes; with your hands, squeeze the juice into the jar, then throw in the squeezed lime quarters. Add 2 cups raspberries. Muddle, add ice & water.
PINEAPPLE MINT — Add a sprig of mint to the jar (you can throw in the whole sprig; or, remove the leaves from the sprig, if you prefer to have the mint swimming around and distributing in the jar). Muddle the mint. Add 2 cups pineapple pieces, muddle, add ice & water.
BLACKBERRY SAGE — Add sage sprig to jar and muddle. Add 2 cups blackberries; muddle, add ice & water.
WATERMELON ROSEMARY — Add rosemary sprig to jar & muddle. Add 2 cups watermelon cubes; muddle, add ice and water.
Okay, okay, I’ll tell you my fabulous idea for work-out motivation/incentives.
I’m no expert, but by my logic, that makes this particular bit of advice even better… after all, those workout gurus aren’t like us wanna-bes, clinging to any bit of motivation to get our lazy behinds to the gym… for them, the joy of a good run may be enough. For me, well, if a good run brought me very much joy, maybe it would be.
Plenty of people need some kind of reward for their work-out, but they reach the same conclusion: it defeats the purpose to reward oneself for working out with food (especially junk food) and buying new clothes as rewards can get expensive in a hurry. This idea uses something most you probably already have.
So here’s what I came up with:
When you pack your gym bag, put in an especially loved piece of jewelry that you can put on after your workout. Anything will do really, a necklace, a headband, even something like mascara if you’re really hardcore… but the idea is to have something that you’ll notice, and better yet, that your friends will notice when you’re not wearing it.
I used a really gorgeous pearl necklace that goes with damn near everything, so for me, if I earn my pearls, and I get to wear my pretty pearl necklace the whole rest of the day. I love it so far, because every time I see my reflection (which is often, really, since I work in retail and I go in and out of fitting rooms constantly) I’m reminded of how good I was this morning. Even better, if I work out every day and wear the same piece of jewelry every day, the people who see me regularly are more likely to notice when I don’t have it on, so they can help hold me accountable for working out without even knowing it!
I only just started trying to “Earn my Pearls” every day, but so far so good!
What rewards do you have for going to the gym?
Reblogged from my personal blog. One of my many work-out incentives and the inspiration for my blog title.