20 Fruit Infused Water Recipes

We talked about the importance of water this week…I wanted to inspire you to create some fruit infused water. Infusing water not only adds flavor, but also adds vitamins, phytonutrients, enzymes and antioxidants to the water. It’s a wonderful way to boost, not only water intake, but nutrients as well. There are 4 videos and 20 recipes total.

Without further adieux, here they are!!

 

5 REFRESHING INFUSED WATER RECIPES FROM CLEAN & DELICIOUS

5 INFUSED WATER RECIPES BY MIND OVER MUNCH

4 FRUIT INFUSED VITAMIN WATER RECIPES BY FULLY RAW

6 DETOX WATER RECIPES BY: ONE WITH NATURE

10 DIY Herbal Tea Recipes

We’ve been discussing water this week. One way to get water is through herbal tea. You get double benefit through herbal tea as well. When discussing food as medicine, herbal tea is an excellent way to immerse your body in healing and rejuvenating anti-oxidants, micro-nutrients and phytonutrients.  Making your own herbal blends is the best way to do this.

So, why not just throw a tea bag in some hot water? The tea bags are getting newer, better and fancier, with special pyramid shapes for better “infusions”. However, these new fangled tea bags come at a cost. According to an article from Dr. Joseph Mercola, research indicates many tea bags contain a variety of plastics including, nylon, rayon thermoplastic, PVC or polypropylene, all cancer causing agents. You may be asking if these  “plastic” bags are dangerous. Let’s put it this way, water boils at 212 degrees. Nylon breaks down at a temperature below 169 degrees. So, chances are, if you’re using a tea bag, there’s plastic in your tea. That’s why I encourage you to make your own blends.

Making your own blends is very easy and fun. When you make your own blends, you can tailor it to your taste, and they taste amazing. It’s fun to experiment with different combinations. All you need is a tea pot and a strainer. You can get fancy tea stuff if you want, but that’s not necessary. You can get a set of 3 tea strainers at Amazon for $10 and a nice stone teapot for $15. To make the tea, just put a few spoonfuls of your blend into the pot, add boiling water and let it steep. Then, pour the tea into a mug, using one of the mini strainers to catch the loose leafs.

There are literally an infinite number of combinations, when it comes to blending tea. You really are limited to your imagination. But, to get you started, I’ve gathered together 9 delicious combinations, as well as one recipe to make your own chai tea concentrate. That’s right, now you can make your own Chai Latte’s at home…without the added sugar or artificial sugar that comes in the pre-made store bought versions!  ENJOY!

From: Recipes to Nourish

From: Nourishing Simplicity

From: Real food Outlaws

From: The Greenbacks Gal

From: Recipes to Nourish

From: A Delightful Home

From: Nourishing simplicity

From: Real Food Outlaws

Immunitea (Wellness herbal tea)

From: Real Life Outlaws

Immunitea (wellness herbal tea)

Anti-Inflammatory Weight Loss Tea

From: Natural Fit foodie

Anti-Inflammatory Weight Loss Tea

Homemade Immune Boosting Gummy Bears

Since winter is setting in, that must mean cold and flu season is here as well. This week, I’m focusing on immune boosting recipes. You don’t need to wait until you’re sick to enjoy these super healthy recipes!

Today we have, healthy homemade immune boosting gummy bears, made by her kids.  She includes a free printable PDF of the recipe.

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You will find the video below, and the full recipe HERE.

You MUST watch the video…SO CUTE!!!

For the recipe and her free printable, scroll down!

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE HERE!

 

Flu & Cold Wellness Tea

Since winter is setting in, that must mean cold and flu season is here as well. This week, I’m focusing on immune boosting recipes. You don’t need to wait until you’re sick to enjoy these super healthy recipes!

Today we have, Flu & Cold Wellness Tea (AKA: Immune boosting Turmeric Tea)

You will find the video below, and the full recipe HERE.

As always, if you wish to go directly to the recipe, scroll down.

Flu & Cold Wellness Tea

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: http://www.flavcity.com
Equipment: Large pot, strainer, spoon, knife

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of water
  • The yellow peel of 1 lemon use a veggie peeler
  • 2 inch piece of turmeric root cut in thin rounds. No need to peel the skin (can be found at Whole Foods – otherwise use 1 teaspoon turmeric powder)
  • 2 inch piece of ginger cut in thin rounds. No need to peel the skin
  • Tiny pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 crack of black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil optional
  • Raw Honey

Directions

  1. Put first 5 ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer for 7 minutes. (don’t boil. According to flavcity.com, this destroys the nutrients in the turmeric)
  2. Remove from heat and strain.
  3. Allow the tea to cool slightly. Pour into a cup and add the honey.
  4. The remaining tea will keep for up to 3 days.
  5. http://www.thepurplealmond.com

Immune Boosting Green Soup

Since winter is setting in, that must mean cold and flu season is here as well. This week, I’m focusing on immune boosting recipes. You don’t need to wait until you’re sick to enjoy these super healthy recipes!

Today, we have Immune Boosting Green Soup from simpleveganblog.com. I have adjusted her recipe slightly, recommending the use of BONE BROTH, instead of water or veggie broth.  Bone broth is much healthier, especially if someone is ill. You will find her video below, and her full recipe HERE.

As always, if you wish to go directly to the recipe, scroll down.

Immune Boosting Green Soup

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: simpleveganblog.com
Equipment: Large pot, blender, knife

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1/2 chopped leek
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 head broccoli, chopped
  • 3 handfuls of fresh kale or spinach
  • 14 ounce can coconut milk
  • 3 cups water/vegetable broth (TIP FROM TAMARA: BONE BROTH IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED due to it’s high concentration of nutrients which boost immunity)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • -1 tsp sea salt -ground pepper to taste -4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • The juice of half a lemon

Directions

  1. Combine first 11 ingredients in a pot, bring to boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer, and cook til veggies are desired doneness.
  3. Pour contents of pot into a large blender, and add lemon juice and yeast. Blend til desired consistency.
  4. If you choose not to blend, add the yeast and lemon juice to the pot prior to serving.
  5. http://www.thepurplealmond.com

How to make immune boosting juice

Since winter is setting in, that must mean cold and flu season is here as well. This week, I’m focusing on immune boosting recipes. You don’t need to wait until you’re sick to enjoy these super healthy recipes!

First up: Immune Boosting Juice from howdini.com! If you’d like to skip to the recipe, scroll down to the bottom of the page!

Immune Boosting Juice

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Got the sniffles? Feel a cold or the flu coming on? This juice is packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants to boost your immune system. No juicer? no worries! Use a blender and some cheese cloth!


Credit: howdini.com
Equipment: Juicer or blender & cheese cloth

Ingredients

  • Water – enough to cover blade of blender (if using)
  • 1/2 lemon & 1/2 orange – peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium apple – chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 4 carrots – chopped
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Juice all ingredients or blend them in a blender.
  2. If juicing, mix cayenne in after juicing
  3. If blending you have 2 choices – drink as a smoothie OR strain through a cheese cloth, as seen in the above video!
  4. Pour over ice and enjoy!.
  5. http://www.thepurplealmond.com

Halloween Treats ~ Using Leftover Candy: Dulce De Leche Candy Bar Terrine

No videos this week. I thought I’d just share some recipes and creative ways to use leftover Halloween candy…other than eating it! These recipes can be found in an article from REAL SIMPLE. To see the article FOLLOW THIS LINK.


Dulce De Leche Candy Bar Terrine

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Ingredients

  • 14 Snickers Fun Size Bars, cut into thirds (17 grams each, about 1 1/2 cups total)
  • 2 pints dulce de leche ice cream, softened

To see the entire recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Halloween Treats ~ Using Leftover Candy: Peanut M&M’s and Jelly Cookies

No videos this week. I thought I’d just share some recipes and creative ways to use leftover Halloween candy…other than eating it! These recipes can be found in an article from REAL SIMPLE. To see the article FOLLOW THIS LINK.


Peanut M&M’s and Jelly Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1 1-pound log store-bought sugar cookie dough (or your favorite homemade recipe!)
  • 1/3 cup grape jelly (or your favorite flavor!)
  • 1 cup crushed Peanut M&M’s

To see the entire recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

 

Halloween Treats ~ Using Leftover Candy: Peppermint Patty Brownies

No videos this week. I thought I’d just share some recipes and creative ways to use leftover Halloween candy…other than eating it! These recipes can be found in an article from REAL SIMPLE. To see the article FOLLOW THIS LINK.


Peppermint Patty Brownies

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Ingredients

  • canola oil, for the pan
  • 1 19-ounce box brownie mix (Or your favorite homemade brownie recipe!)
  • 16 York Miniatures Peppermint Patties (13.6 grams each)

To see the entire recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

 

 

Halloween Treats ~ Using Leftover Candy: Caramel-Cookie Cheesecake Pie

No videos this week. I thought I’d just share some recipes and creative ways to use leftover Halloween candy…other than eating it! These recipes can be found in an article from REAL SIMPLE. To see the article FOLLOW THIS LINK.


Caramel-Cookie Cheesecake Pie

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Ingredients

  • 2 8-ounce bars cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 22 Twix Fun Size Bars (16 grams each, about 2 3/4 cups total), chopped
  • 1 8-inch chocolate cookie piecrust

To see the entire recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.