Massive thanks to my friend Sarah over at StayingAwake for pinning this awesome, real food, tutorial from the Yummy Life.
We've been on GAPS for a while now, and apart from the odd glass of dry wine when socialising, we only drink water; so the watermelon and lime flavoured water I made yesterday was an absolute treat. She says in the tutorial that it tastes better the next day, but we wouldn't know because we drank it all.
I'm pretty sure the nutritional content is low, because the vitamins etc... in the fruit spoil, but if you want a cleansing drink you should juice fresh anyway. This is just a flavour enhancer for your water, so don't get all upset about it not having been juiced in the last 30 minutes, okay?
I can't wait to try out some more flavours and fruit/herb combinations. We have been growing blackcurrant sage, pineapple mint and chocolate peppermint for just such a time as this!
It's also going to be a great way to use very small crops of fruit that some of our immature bushes (blackcurrant and redcurrant in particular) are just starting to bear. In a big jar of flavoured water the whole family and maybe some friends will get to taste.
I know some of you are thinking 'surely it's cheaper to just buy flavoured water?' and you'd be right. It is (unless I get the fruit and herbs from my own garden), but have you checked the ingredients list on your flavoured water? It's not pretty. If you are interested in why you shouldn't be drinking it, there's a short article here.
And finally, I tweeted a blog post this morning on feeding vs cleansing, by Dr Natasha Campbell- McBride*. It's a great over view of what makes good nutrition and how to listen to your body for your needs, not advertising companies. The first rule of real food - if it needs a marketing campaign, it's not food.
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*Dr Campbell-McBride is one of the world's leading autism specialists and wrote the book 'Gut And Psychology Syndrome' which is essential to anybody planning to embark on the GAPS diet.