Tasty Fruit Salad & Infused Water

Tasty Fruit Salad & Infused Water

This refreshing salad is not only delicious but beautiful.

Low in calories, high in fiber, nutrition, and very hydrating. 

Considering tomatoes and cucumbers are actually fruits, this recipe is technically a fruit salad. Besides being nutritional, salads truly make for low carbon foodprint meals, especially when you buy local produce. The added benefit is the only energy you use to prepare them is your own. Not having to cook a great meal saves you time and money. Raw foods also help you to stay hydrated. If you read my blog on Water Consumption, you know why I‘m so passionate about water. You can see by the chart below, the average fruits and vegetable are about 90% water. Here is a link to a great article that gives you the health benefits of 19 fruits and vegetable that will help keep you hydrated.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Cucumbers cubed             96% water
  • 2 cups Tomatoes cubed                94% water
  • 1 cup Mango or peach cubed       83% water
  • 1  cup of Avacado cubed              70% water
  • 1  cup Sprouts                                 90% water
  • ¼ cup white or red onion               89% water
  • 2 TB of fresh Lime or Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup diced Fresh Basil
  • 1 TB Ginger grated                         80% water
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Option: add a 4 oz piece of fresh grilled salmon or another protein source

Directions

Put all ingredients in a beautiful bowl, toss and serve chilled. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Enjoy while you hydrate and nourish your beautiful body and soul.


 

Special Recipe: 

Refreshing Infused Water

Since this week’s blog was on the consumption of water, I decided it would be a good idea to share some of my favorite hydrating Infused Beverage Combinations

Infusing water with fruits, berries, and herbs is a great way to hydrate and it is easy and affordable. In 4-6 hours you have a refreshingly delicious beverage that cost you pennies to make. You can store the infused water in the fridge for days. Some people recommend taking out the ingredients after 12 hours, but I usually drink mine up long before that. When I have let fruit linger in my infused beverage for days, it ferments and tastes more like wine. Super yummy!  Especially when I use pineapple.

To Make any combination of Infused Water:

Cut up about 1 cup of fruit and veggies of your choice, sized to fit into a pitcher or ½ gallon canning jar. You can also use berries and herbs. Depending on your flavor preference, and the size of your vessel determines how much fruit, veggies or herbs you add.

I usually make mine in a ½ gallon canning jar or if I am having guest, I sometimes make individual pint jars. First, add the combination of ingredients you wish to infuse and then fill the rest of your vessel with purified or filtered water. Chill in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours, the longer it sits the more flavorful it will be.

Be sure to always wash your fruits and veggies, especially if you are not eating organic food, even if you peel them. Pesticides have a way of getting beyond the skin. Check out the Dirty Dozen list which informs you are the fruits and veggies that are most important to buy organic. I was all my veggies using baking soda and organic apple cider vinegar. Studies have been done on both of these ingredients that have proven to eliminate most pesticides. I hope they are right 🙂 More on that in a future post.

Some of my favorite combinations

  • Pineapple Ginger Spearmint
  • Orange Mint
  • Lemon Ginger
  • Watermelon Keifer Lime Leaves
  • Strawberry Apple
  • Tangerine Rosemary
  • Watermelon Lemon Balm
  • Cucumber Basil

This list goes on… I love cucumbers, so when I have fresh organic cucumbers I will add to most of my infused beverages.

Enjoy this Great Reference Chart that takes you to the water content in many favorite fruits and veggies.

As always, thank you for reading and sharing my content with your friends and loved ones. I deeply appreciate all the wonderful comments and respond to them all. If you have a recipe you wish to share, please let me know. Also, let me know if you would like me to provide you a recipe of any kind. I most likely have a good one to share with you.

To your health ~ Big Love, Mama D

 

Enhance Your Life With Spirituality

Enhance Your Life With Spirituality

Enhance Your Life With Spirituality

Aloha beautiful souls,

Are you in touch with your inner belief system?

In this blog, I’m going to share with you my perspective on spirituality.

You will discover how self-awareness is the key to realizing your connection.

Our power comes from what we are connected to.

Awakening To Your Spiritual Nature

What does spirituality mean to you? Are you tuned into that place within? How does spirituality support you?  Our lives are a product of our thoughts, beliefs, words, and actions. What we do either raise our spirits or dims them.

Being spiritual enhances my Earthly-human life. Having a sense of connection to something bigger than myself attaches me to a source that grounds me and at the same time uplifts me. I marvel at the opportunity to continually search for meaning in life. Being spiritual offers me the freedom to believe in a higher power without following any organized religion. I believe deeply in the power of the universal conscious mind. A particular mindset can either bridge or destroy us, if you want to explore this topic more you can check out my blog on gratitude here. When living life with a spiritual conscious mind, full of love and compassion, I feel much better. I sense and see what is possible.

There are so many different religions and belief systems that embrace spirituality. If we freely let others express their love, even if it comes with a different melody, I believe we could live in a spiritual world full of love. The key is that LOVE is the guiding principle behind all of these religions and belief systems.

When we learn to live with love and respect and to honor all life, we will live in peace.

Embrace Love & Beauty

What you believe creates your reality. It’s important to take a closer look at your belief system and weed out ideas that don’t serve you. Build a strong foundation of positive beliefs that help you strive to be happier and healthier. We don’t need to focus on the doom and gloom when there is so much beauty to embrace.

My savior is love. Some might say, God. Some might think Goddess.  It is a blessing to have the freedom to believe what we believe. Whether that be Nature, Jesus, Buddha, or anything in-between or around. I believe love is the key that holds humanity together. Love is the key to saving the Earth.  When we let love saturate our beings, we can feel the spirit.  Should it really make a difference whether it be a God or Goddess, or if you believe in the balance of both?  To me God is not a gender, it is a sacred place in the universal consciousnesses. Whatever your beliefs; may they help bring you more self-awareness, more love, and compassion, for yourself and others.

Allow love to guide your actions and beauty to inspire your soul


In my next blog, I will dive deeper into spirituality and cultivating self-awareness.

Each of us has the ability to enhance our lives, to get inspired, and discover our greatness. It starts with love and respect and understanding our place in the great web of life, learning to respect all life forms. With wisdom, we can approach the world and live a harmonious life, one that thrives on connection and is built on the principles of nature. We can all live like the future matters 🙂

I release new blogs every other Tuesday. You can vote on what topics you want me to focus on my Twitter. Thank you all so much for reading and I hope you have an absolutely amazing day! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments. If you missed any of my other blogs you can find them on my website by clicking here.

If you have not downloaded your free 80-page preview of my upcoming memoir, click on the photo below. You will discover in more detail how I learned how to be the happiest person I know. Gratitude and love have shown me the way.

 

Sending you big love and aloha!

Have an amazing day.

Big Love ~ Mama Donna