Grape NehiWhen I was traveling through Mexico, outdoor vendors were selling these refreshing mouth-watering infusion of fresh fruit everywhere. I couldn’t get enough of them. Here are some of my favorites.

Grape Nehi was a brand named soda alongside a leggy list of flavors: orange, cherry, peach… A bit before my time, but I remember my mother talking about having them when she was growing up. This recipe was inspired by the restorative properties of phytonutrients found in the skins of black grapes. The darker the grape, the higher the resveratrol content. The anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger, and the alkalizing effect of lime juice, coupled with an infusion of Spaaah Water, creates a potent healing elixir, and a refreshing beverage. Pour it into an ice cream maker, and turn it into a sorbet.

What you’ll need: a juicer extractor.

  • 2-lbs black grapes, rinsed and stemmed
  • 4″ piece of fresh ginger
  • 2-limes

Juice ingredients. Dilute with spa water or sparkling water, and serve over ice.

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Strawberry:

  • 2-pound fresh strawberries stems removed
  • 2-liters bottled water
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  • Ice
  • 2-Tbsp chia seeds

Blend, pour into a pitcher, add ice and chia, stir and serve. Nutrient values based on 12-oz serving.

Srawberry

blackberry-dalihaBlack Dahlia:

  • 1-lb fresh blackberries
  • 1/4-cup Stevia
  • 2-liters bottle water
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  • Ice
  • 2-Tbsp chia seeds

Blend, pour into a pitcher, add ice and chia, stir and serve. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Nutrient values based on 12-oz serving.

Srawberry

pineapplePineapple, Coconut, Ginger:

  • 1/2- Fresh pineapple skinned, core removed
  • 1-lime freshly squeezed
  • 1-tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1-liter-Coconut water
  • 2-liters-bottled water
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  • 2-Tbsp Chia seeds

Blend. Pour into a pitcher, add ice and chia, stir and serve. Nutrient values based on 12-oz serving.

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Melon:

  • 1-cantaloupe or 1/2 a seedless watermelon¬†skinned and cut
  • 2-liters bottled water
  • 1-lime freshly squeezed
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  • 2-Tbsp chia seeds

: Blend, pour into a pitcher, add ice and chia, stir and serve. Nutrient values based on 12-oz serving.

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Hibiscus:

A few summers ago, while I was in Bali, I Hibiscuswas introduced to¬†hibiscus tea. They offer it as a welcome drink in all the hotels and restaurants. They simply plucked a few flowers, pummeled them in a glass, poured hot water over them, added a squeeze of lime, and served it over ice. I remember how refreshing it was. It’s ruby red color, and tart flavor is reminiscent of cranberry juice. High in iron, vitamin-C, and antioxidants it helps boost the immune system while it assists the kidneys in flushing toxins. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties are just one of many added benefits. Brew up a pitcher today and enjoy this cleansing beverage.

: Bring water to a boil, add hibiscus sachet, let steep. Add stevia and allow the tea to cool. Remove sachet, pour it into a pitcher and refrigerate. Add ice to glasses, and serve. Nutrient values based on 12-oz serving

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