When I’m not drinking water
We all need to drink water to survive, right? You think being healthy means drinking only water the whole time, right? Well think again. Yes, pure water should be our main beverage of choice (having spent years living like a camel, not drinking for days on end it seemed, I am now a regular c.2 liters a day gal) but there are other delicious options available when you fancy something a little different without having to turn to sodas and sugar laden juices (check the ingredients on your ‘fresh’ orange juice – you’ll most likely find an interesting cocktail of e-numbers, artificial sugars, flavourings, additives etc). Here are 5 of my favourite drinks:
- Coconut water: The most delicious way to enjoy this nectar is straight out of a fresh young coconut. If that possibility is but a dream right now, you can also find it in your local health food shop. This delicious drink is naturally isotonic and therefore the best thing to guzzle down after exercise. It has many health benefits including: immune boosting, increases metabolism, fights fatigue, increases good cholesterol and helps digestion.
- Fresh fruit and vegetable juices: If you don’t have a juicing machine at home, get one. Seriously, once I made friends with our juicer, I became hooked. You could never eat close to the amount of vitamins and minerals you get from just 1 glass of fresh juice in the morning. Starting the day with a glass of liquid power really sets you off for the day. Let’s get juicy: 1 big broccoli stem, 1 beetroot, 1cm ginger, 1 cucumber
- Rejuvelac: This drink is a fantastic health drink and is fun (I think) as it takes a few days to prepare (soaking, sprouting etc). Raw Lou Lou has a really simple explanation of how to do this. As it is fermented, rejuvelac is a natural probiotic and packed with enzymes which means that it helps to increase the good bacteria in our gut increasing our immunity and helping digestion.
- Rooiboos Vanilla tea: I love this tea, especially as the vanilla flavour does just the job if you have a sweet tooth as this is seriously like drinking a cup of sweet stuff. This South African tea is naturally caffeine-free, highly antioxidant, can help with insomnia, contains vitamins and minerals such as zinc which is great for the skin and it apparently even helps babies with colic or stomach cramps. Now that summer is here, you absolutely must try out Raw Lou Lou’s Rooiboos and Orange ice-tea. Amazing.
- Comfort shake: we all need comfort food every now and then, especially during those winter months or when we’re feeling a little delicate. I like to make a shake with a big glass of rice milk (you can also use almond, quinoa, oat milk), 1 tsp raw cacao powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla powder. Mix it up in a blender and there you have it, a delicious cup o’ comfort.