Detox. Cleanse. Yadda. Yadda. These words are thrown around quite a bit lately. I’m not making light of said benefits, but it just sounds and feels like the most. Plus, the visual of it all turns me off. I need to take it slow, and add a little charm, if you will. So this is my way of doing a little daily “sprucing”:
Begin each day with a glass of warm water with the juice from half a lemon squeezed in.
Okay, nothing revolutionary there—it’s no secret that lemon juice:
- is a great way to add vitamin C and enzymes to your diet,
- can help the liver to do its job of ridding the body of toxins and keeping things tidy on the inside,
- and may assist in weight loss
But here’s the bottom line: The “sprucier” your insides are, the more gorg your skin will be on the outside.
I’ll drink to that!
But wait, it get’s better. I have another glass of lemon water in the evening—but this time a little more accessorized:
Lemon Lime Mint Ice Cubes
First, slice a lemon and lime into small pieces, and separate the leaves from a few sprigs of dried mint (can find in the produce section of most markets). Place one mint leaf into each section of an ice cube tray. Pour boiling water over each leaf into the mold
Allow the water to sit until it is cool to the touch. By now the water will have a nice minty taste and aroma. I like to remove the mint leaves (they turn brown) and add fresh ones simply because fresh leaves look more appetizing, but this step is not necessary.
Add a couple of lemon and lime slices to each mold. You can even throw in a few blueberries for added flavor. Next, place the tray in the freezer until completely frozen. The tray I used has a sliding lid in case it gets jostled in the freezer.
I can’t begin to tell you how awesomely refreshing this is at the end of a hot day (did I mention that it’s been in the mid to upper 80s this week in the A?). The fam is also enjoying the dash of pomp and the smidge of circumstance that these colorful cubes add to dinnertime.
Fiending for more fancy water ideas? Check out these flavored water recipes from The Yummy Life:
Do you ever fancy up your water? What do you use?