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Strawberry-Mint Agua Fresca

Posted by kumquat
May 14, 2015
Featured in: Gluten Free Kitchen
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If you struggle to drink enough water, try this Strawberry Mint Agua Fresca to make things more exciting!

 

No matter who you are, where you live, or what you're doing, hydration is key. If you're like me, drinking enough water and staying hydrated is sometimes strangely overlooked.

I've always been the girl who could nurse a cup of coffee all day long, realizing late into the afternoon that I'd not had a sip of water and was parched. Not good. Drinking water seems incredibly simple, but I'm certain that many days I don't do enough of it. While there are times that a glass of ice cold water is incredibly thirst-quenching, I often find plain water to be super boring. Give me flavor...

But, don't give me beverage alternatives high in simple sugar, loaded with chemically sugar substitutes, or overpriced bottles off the grocery store shelf.

We are entering the season of hydration for sure... Long days of play outside, warmer temps, and finally a need for ice cubes. Combine that with the lovely berries that are bursting with flavor and freshness.

Enter the Agua Fresca. Central America has this one right... a light, refreshing drink infused with fresh fruit and herbs. Though typically sweetened with sugar, I've sweetened this Agua Fresca with just a bit of stevia omitting the extra calories and effect on blood sugar. While I've added seltzer for a little fizz, feel free to substitute cold still water if you're not so much into the bubbles.

This simple, added flavor will keep me coming back for more and will certainly help with hydration. With the coming Spring and Summer fruits, the add-ins are limitless. Check out these Agua Frescas for more ideas!

If you struggle to drink enough water, try this Strawberry Mint Agua Fresca to make things more exciting!

Bottoms up! This Strawberry-Mint Agua Fresca is perfect if you struggle to drink enough water each day!
If you struggle to drink enough water, try this Strawberry Mint Agua Fresca to make things more exciting!

Strawberry-Mint Agua Frescas

Yield

3-4 glasses

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced ripe strawberries (preferrably organic)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 5 drops liquid stevia
  • Chilled Seltzer Water or Ice Cold Water

Directions

  1. Combine strawberries, water and mint in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Mash mixture through a fine strainer or sieve, catching juices in a bowl or measuring cup; discard remaining pulp and leaves. Add stevia to strawberry juices.
  2. Fill glass with crushed ice. Add 1/3 cup strawberry juice and fill remaining of glass with Seltzer water or ice water. Garnish with mint, if desired.

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Gretchen F. Brown, R.D., is the author of the GLUTEN FREE KITCHEN Feature on HealthyAperture. She is also the founder of Kumquat Blog, a gluten-free blog devoted to the belief that gluten-free food can and should be easy to prepare, wholesome, and delicious enough for everyone. She recently authored a cookbook, Fast & Simple Gluten-Free, featuring fresh and classic favorites in 30 minutes or less. Gretchen has worked in the test kitchens and photography studios of Oxmoor House and is now a freelance recipe developer, food stylist, food writer, and food photographer. She has been gluten-free for several years, as a result of a lifetime of stomach pains and health problems. A military spouse for nearly 13 years, she lives with her husband, son, and two daughters in Upstate New York.
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