Pear Lime Kiwifruit Water

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I thought I’d try a flavored water with a green theme, since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! But of course, this water is great any time of the year. You mostly taste the lime in this, but the kiwifruit and pear slices make the pitcher of water look so nice! :) I think this water tastes best the same day you make it, but you’ll want to refrigerate it a few hours before serving so the water has more flavor. Use organic produce if you can when making this.

PEAR, LIME, KIWIFRUIT WATER by NancyCreative

Makes a large pitcher (half gallon) of flavored water

  • 8 cups of water (I used 2 cups of sparkling water mixed in with 6 cups of regular water to give it a slight fizziness–see note below*)
  • 1 large organic pear, cut into thin slices
  • 2 limes, cut into thin slices
  • 2 kiwifruit, cut into thin slices

Fill pitcher with 8 cups of water. Add slices of pear, lime, and kiwifruit, and stir all ingredients together in the pitcher. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving (the slices of kiwifruit tend to settle at the bottom, so you will need to stir before serving to mix all the fruit evenly). When ready to serve, add ice cubes to pitcher and stir or add ice to individual glasses and pour the flavored water over the ice.

*For a fizzy water drink, use Seltzer water or natural sparkling water (like Perrier) instead of regular water, or use some of each (do not use Club Soda or Tonic Water, as one is high in sodium and the other is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup).

Have you tried making any uniquely-flavored water lately?

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Sweet and Smooth Citrus Smoothie from What Color is Your Smoothie?

ncCitSmthienm If you like smoothies, you’ll have to check out a new book, What Color is Your Smoothie? It’s filled with 300 recipes that can help you get the recommended daily five servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet, in addition to important vitamins and minerals your body needs. As I was reviewing the book, I learned that each color group of fruits and veggies offer different health benefits, so it’s important to include a variety of different colored fruits and veggies in your diet. The first chapter,  Nature’s Formula for Better Health, includes information on vitamins and minerals that are important for good health and the different foods you’ll find them in. The second chapter, Blending for a Better Life, gives you helpful tips on how to prepare fruits, veggies, and herbs for blending. The other seven chapters are filled with smoothie recipes organized by color: White (Vanilla Chiller, Crazy for Coconuts), Red (Red Berry Roundup, Creamy, Dreamy Watermelon), Orange (Sweet Potato Surprise, Papaya Powerhouse), Yellow (Pumped Up Pineapple, Luscious Lemon Mango Melon), Green (Cucumber Zing, Green Ginger Apple), Blue (Amazing Blueberry Almond, Blueberry Oatmeal Delight), and Purple (Sweet Spiced Blackberries, Purple Plum Thunder). As you can see, there’s quite a variety! I decided to try the Sweet and Smooth Citrus Smoothie…I’m a citrus-lover, and this smoothie is packed with lots of Vitamin C from the oranges, lemon, and lime that are in it!  Bananas and coconut milk are also in the recipe, giving the smoothie a thick, creamy consistency. And it’s really good for you…as the book points out, “Vitamin C, limonin, and potassium combine for an all-out attack against sickness and disease.” Here’s the recipe if you want to try it out!

SWEET AND SMOOTH CITRUS SMOOTHIE from What Color is Your Smoothie?

 Makes 3 cups, 360 calories per cup

  • 3 oranges, peeled and deseeded
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled and deseeded
  • 1/2 lime, peeled and deseeded
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice

In a blender, combine the oranges, lemon, lime, bananas, and 1 cup coconut milk with 1/2 cup ice, and blend until thoroughly combined. While blending, add remaining coconut milk and ice until desired consistency is achieved (I actually just used the 1 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 cup ice, because I like my smoothies thicker).

I really want to try to get more fruits and veggies in my diet–how about you?

Raspberry-Lime Freeze

This is a great treat on a hot day! Today the high was 96 degrees, so I was really ready to have something nice and cool. I adapted this from a recipe in Martha Stewart Living. The raspberry and lime flavors go so well together…it’s really refreshing! If you want this freeze to be really thick, use frozen raspberries that are just slightly thawed (that’s how I made it–it will be harder to blend, though). For a thinner consistency, use fresh or completely thawed raspberries as the recipe indicates. This makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 pints fresh raspberries (about 7 cups) or the same amount of frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 1 pint  (2 cups) raspberry sorbet, softened
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt, softened

Place 5 1/2 cups of the raspberries, the raspberry sorbet, and lime juice in blender. Pulse a few times, then puree until smooth (if you’re making this with slightly thawed frozen raspberries, you’ll need to alternately blend and stir mixture with a spatula because of the thickness). Then add the softened frozen yogurt and puree, stopping and stirring with spatula as needed. Stir 1 cup of raspberries into the mixture.

Pour or spoon into glasses, and garnish with remaining raspberries. Serve immediately. If you have time, it’s a nice touch to chill your serving glasses in the freezer or refrigerator for a few minutes before filling them with the freeze–it helps keep this treat extra cool while you’re enjoying it!

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