This drink is so yummy and refreshing. I generally prefer this in the summer when I want something sweetish, but not heavy. However, in looking forward to the new year and my goals to be healthier, I decided to break out this recipe and give it a whirl.
I have seen many similar recipes out there, but this is my own recipe. Take some time to experiment with different fruits and herbs to see what you like. This is my recipe, and I can’t get enough of it.
1 small to medium Granny Smith apple, sliced and cored
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh cranberries, smashed gently (helps release juices)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries (no stems)
1 medium orange, peeled and sliced
1 cup steeped fennel tea (see below for recipe)
1 Dash ground Ginger
Combine all ingredient in a 1 gallon pitcher, fill with water, and allow to set in refrigerator overnight. Drink the entire gallon daily. I reuse the fruit at the end of day 1 for a second gallon, then throw it out.
All of the fruits in this drink are high in vitamins and nutrients that are essential for healthy heart, brain, and nervous system function, as well as promoting healthy digestion. According to many sources, fruits are known to help fight cancer, help to control weight, reduce free radicals, and help fight depression and inflammation. Drinking this detox water allows you to get all the healthy benefits of the fruits, and stay hydrated.
Fennel is great for digestion. A small cup of warm fennel tea can be used to relieve gas, constipation, and upset stomach. Fennel is used in many Mediterranean and Italian recipes, and has a hearty black licorice flavor. Fennel is high in potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It helps to reduce inflammation, boost immunity, increase metabolism, and helps to promote healthy weight.
To make Fennel tea, warm 1-2 cups of water. Steep 1/2-1 tbsp (depending on taste) Fennel seeds for 3-5 minutes, then strain seeds off. For this recipe, I used 1 tbsp fennel seeds and 1 cup water. Then strained the seeds out. Fennel has a very strong taste, so if you haven’t drank it before I would start conservatively (less seeds, more water, and steep for less time) and increase as you become accustomed to the taste.
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a doctor. I don’t claim to be one. So, this post is just my own personal experience with this drink. As with anything new, talk to your doctor first to see if this is something that is healthy for you.