Infused waters have been all the rage lately. I like the idea as it’s sort of like herbal tea made with fresh ingredients. We all need to drink more water daily. Making water a bit different and exciting can make drinking it more enjoyable. Who doesn’t love sipping a drink with a beautiful garnish through a straw or switching up plain old tap water for some delicious sparkling water? It makes it much more fun!
In my drink I used one lemon, some strawberries, and a handful of fresh mint. I cut up these ingredients and put them in a juice pitcher filled with sparkling water.
We have a SodaStream carbonation machine so that we can enjoy sparkling water at home. Jordan became addicted to “bubbly water” and saunas while we lived in Germany. He said he felt a lot healthier when he was drinking a lot of sparkling water daily and going to the sauna a few nights a week. The combination is incredible for getting rid of toxins and replenishing the body. Jordan will still occasionally go to the sauna now, but doesn’t always get the chance to. Luckily I was able to give him a SodaStream for his birthday so that he could continue to drink more water (it’s much more exciting than straight out of the tap).
Life is better with a straw and a fancy garnish isn’t it? Or maybe what makes life good is being able to spending time with your loved ones and take care of your mind and body.
How do you take care of your body and mind? Do you drink enough water on a daily basis?
I am a really, really big fan of tea, but I’m not super precise when it comes to measurements. I used to just throw a teabag in a mug of boiling water and roll with it. And that’s totally okay. But for the most delicious cuppa tea to make your day, there are a few steps you should follow. Let’s steep some black tea!
I love starting my mornings with black tea. The caffeine content is highest in black tea, so I avoid drinking it too late in the day. Sometimes I still sip some before bed because I just can’t say no if it’s offered. I’ll mostly sleep fine anyway. Jordan has trouble sleeping if he consumes caffeine after lunchtime. He’s really sensitive to it. If I make a pot in the morning we will drink it together. Our favourite is Earl Grey de la Creme.
How to Steep your Black Tea:
Bring water to a full rolling boil and add tea right away. Black tea is best steeped for 2-3 minutes. I usually set a timer for 2 mins as it takes me a few seconds to get the timer going and remove the tea after the timer goes off. You want to avoid over-steeping otherwise you will get a bitter brew. Pull the tea leaves out after 2 mins and you should have a rich, sweet, and fragrant brew. Depending on your preferences you can add some milk and sugar or honey and enjoy!
Pictured is Earl Grey de la Creme Black Tea. Purchase it here.