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Eat Well Apr. 21. 2020
Beverages

Strawberry Goji Berry Rose Refresher

Apr. 21. 2020
Beverages
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of NS and Creator of The Method

Staying hydrated is key! Keep it fun and interesting by switching up your water routine. Enjoy this delicious, sparkling strawberry goji rose herbal infusion as a refreshing beverage, as a mocktail, or cocktail.

Just like my herbal infusion recipes and guide, this Strawberry Goji Berry Rose Refresher is a great example of how to make hydration time, delicious and feel super fancy without tons of effort or time.

Make Hydration Fun!

Focus the in-between meal time as your “hydration time”, sipping on hot tea, water, sparkling water so you’re focusing on drinking enough water.

One of my personal favorite tips I use daily is to take a large water bottle and put 3-4 rubber bands on it, each time you drink the full water bottle, take off a rubber band and repeat until all rubber bands are off the bottle. Each rubber band could represent 1 cup of water or 2 cups depending on if you’re drinking other beverages throughout the day.

Another way to remember to stay hydrated is to make drinking water feel extra special like this Strawberry Goji Berry Rose Refresher!

Adding herbal tea or herbal elements such as flowers, herbs, spices, and fruit to your everyday water routine can really boost the flavor and nutrients of plain water. They have a deliciously subtle taste that likely keeps you wanting more of them (and that means you’ll stay hydrated), and they don’t add extra sugar. To top off their advantages, herbs also bring in their own set of health benefits depending on what you use.

Don’t have some of these ingredients?

  • Goji berries: if you don’t have goji berries in your pantry or can’t get them easily online or at your grocery store, use these other dried fruits such as dried apricots, dried mango, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or dried pineapple. Whenever purchasing dried fruit, get those that have zero added sugar and no added sulfites.
  • Rose petals: if you don’t have access to rose petals, use herbal tea such as lavender, ginger, chamomile, or rooibos.
  • Fresh strawberries: if you don’t have access to fresh strawberries use the frozen variety. Get creative too! If you were already replacing goji berries with dried apricot have fun with the flavor profile and use fresh or frozen pineapple or oranges to make a great combination.

The Recipe

Serves 2

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Ingredients

Goji Berry Rose Mix:

1 cup hot water

4 tablespoons goji berries

2 tablespoon dried rose petals (or use herbal loose leaf tea you enjoy)

Upon serving:

2-3 large fresh organic strawberries (or you may use frozen, thawed), sliced or chopped

2 cups sparkling water

Juice of half a lemon

Optional: fresh mint, maple syrup or honey to sweeten

 

Directions

Step 1

Steep the goji berries and rose petals in the hot water for at least 20 minutes (ideally overnight) or until the goji berries are soft and the water turns slightly pink and infused with the flavors of the goji berry and rose.

Step 2

Strain the goji berries and rose from the water and use the water for this recipe — keep goji berries and reuse them in your next smoothie or compost.

Assembly

Per serving, add 1/4 cup of the goji berry rose water to 1 cup sparkling water, fresh lemon juice and fresh strawberry. You can add ice for an extra cool beverage.

If you’d like to make it a cocktail add an ounce of your favorite organic vodka, gin, or tequila to the assembly recipe.

Storage

Store the goji berry rose mix in the refrigerator for up to one week in an airtight glass jar. Upon serving to add fresh sparkling water and other ingredients to make the refresher.

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