I have my boyfriend to thank for showing me this refreshing alternative to fruit juice! It is natural, simple and delicious…
Choose a nice selection of fruits or herbs and find a glass* mason jar or something with an equally secure lid (we used Bonne Maman jam jars). Wash the fruits to rid of any pesticides or chemicals then dice into suitable sizes. Add these into the jar with any berries and/or herbs and fill to the top with water (filtered is preferable).
Put your vibrant, healthy looking jars into the fridge and steep the fruits in the water overnight (or for up 48 hours).
Once you have given sufficient time for the water to be infused with flavour and goodness you will see the water has had a very gentle change in colour.
At this point, I strained the water into a glass whilst my boyfriend drank straight from the jar (fruits included).
What Are The Benefits?
Keeps you hydrated
No added sugar & no flavourings
Great substitute to store bought soft drinks
Replaces lost fluids after a workout
Effortless & fun!
I think these are going to be fantastic for Summer parties, served over ice in a beautiful glass not to mention a great way of getting both adults and kids to drink more water throughout the sunny days ahead!
More combinations to try…
Lemon, mint & ginger
Blackberry & lavender
Lemon & Thyme
Strawberries & Basil
Orange, lemon & lime
*Glass is BPA-free. BPA stands for bisphenol A. and is an industrial chemical used to make some resins and plastics. For more information please read here.
I came across this magic ingredient for my homemade humous whilst making it last year and realising half way through I had no tahini! I raided the cupboards wondering what on earth I could use to give the dip some substance and that buttery, nutty flavour….then I saw it staring me in the face.
My friends seem to love it and a couple have asked what the secret is. So here we go. Enjoy!
1 Can of Chickpeas
Juice of 1 lemon
salt & pepper for seasoning
and PEANUT BUTTER!
- Put the can of chickpeas into a little mixing bowl with a at least 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the juice of half the lemon.
- I use a simple hand blender and blitz the chickpeas until it starts to become a smooth paste. There will be lumps in it but that is ok for now as you will blitz more shortly.
- Put a couple of pinches of chilli powder into the paste and stir in. I always have a jar of Rajah Chilli Powder in my cupboard as I personally find it to be one of the best.
- At this point, give it a little taste and then season as you wish with salt and pepper. Then stir. You may need to add in a little more lemon juice or olive oil and that is fine as it is all very personal to your taste.
- At this point put 1 generous tablespoon of peanut butter in and then use the hand blender again to continue smoothing out the mix.
- After a final taste, put your humous into a little bowl and swirl a crevice in the middle, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with a touch more chilli powder.
Ready to serve!