The spring equinox is here and the first signs of spring have sprung in Seattle. The trees are budding, the flowers are blooming and life is blossoming. With so many flower petals floating through the air, I could not help but allow nature to inspire an internal cleanse. Various hues of pink petals blossomed on top of deep green leaves – renewal is here.
Naturally, my kitchen became a garden as I cooked based on my inspiration.
Equinoxes are a good to time to internally cleanse thy body. In the past during emotional hardships, I’ve done detoxes such as the Master Cleanse and fasting retreats abroad. Another blog will address my opinions on this, but I do not believe in hard-core detoxes when you have to work long days and live your life. The purpose of a cleanse is to renew and restore your mind, body and soul, and not to push through a hectic workweek consuming less than 800 calories of liquid.
There is no better way to cleanse internally than through the consumption of water and fresh fruit. Fruit-infused waters are the perfect way to consume nutritious water that aides in flushing out “the bad stuff.”
Throughout my fitness career, I focused most of my time working with obesity and overweight cliental. Most of these people need a palate change along with processing their emotions. Consuming high sugary beverages such as Vitamin Water and Gatorade, fruit infused waters are sweetened by nature. It’s the perfect transition for people to “get off” sugary beverages.
After staring at my kitchen, I noticed how raspberries and limes equally match the vibrancy of the blossoming flowers. Well, why not make it?
Equinoxes are a time for change. Spring brings in the re-birthing processing to and changes us energetically, well to have more energy. Longer days, beautiful scenery, what’s not to like about spring?
Raspberries provide plenty of anti-oxidant nutrients, which research is showing that the metabolism in fat cells can be increased by the phytonutrients found in raspberries. The raspberry ketone is a newer buzz that is a natural compound found in raspberries (and other fruits) that increases enzyme activity, oxygen consumption and heat production.
Limes, like lemons, are excellent sources of Vitamin C and provide cancer-fighting nutrients. Together, raspberries and limes provide a sweet, tangy and refreshing drink.
There is no other perfect way to celebrate the new equinox and refresh your soul with this drink.
Raspberry Lime Infused Water
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1.5 cup water
1/4 cup raspberries
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
+ 3 raspberries and 1 slice of lemon to soak in the water
Place the raspberries in a pitcher and muddle. Next, squeeze in the lime and muddle until the raspberries are "juiced." Pour in water and mix. Pour the water into a glass and use a strainer to remove the chunks of raspberries. Place the additional lime and raspberry to soak. Serve chilled.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com