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It’s always something, isn’t it? Last weekend, I ran the Hershey Half Marathon and I’ve been limping with meniscus pain ever since. Taking care of your health can be nothing short of overwhelming at times, even when you give it your best shot. Things like work, parenting, money, time and injuries get in the way, especially as the colder months creep in and family life gets holiday-level busy.
But, as we all know, the less you focus on your health, the less you feel like focusing on your health. It’s like that energetic feeling you get after a workout, right? It makes you want to do it more. So one of the best ways to keep your motivation moving throughout these “I’d rather drink cocoa and watch a movie” months is to do those little self-care things that only take a minute or two – and watch them snowball into more!
Pineapple Sage Agua Fresca
One health issue I always, always struggle with is hydration. I just never drink enough, no matter how many pretty water bottles I buy, or apps I download or timers I set. One thing that does seem to work for me is keeping healthier drinks on hand that are made with my favorite fresh ingredients and lots of water. Agua fresca is normally thought of as a summer drink, but I love it all year long, since you can make it with all kinds of inexpensive seasonal fruit.
A traditional agua fresca is usually made with only a few ingredients – fresh fruit, water and sugar. To keep the sugar content down, I tend to only add what’s needed after seeing how sweet my fruit is. With pineapple, I usually only add a tablespoon or so to each batch. If you pick a really good pineapple, you may not even need that much. (Do you know how to pick a ripe pineapple? Just pull on the leaves gently. If you can pull one out, the pineapple is ripe and ready!)
If you ask me, nothing pairs better with fruit than fresh herbs, and I love experimenting with fruit and herb recipes whenever I get the chance. Sage is my favorite herb to pair with pineapple, and a leaf or two added to this drink gives it just the right touch of earthy warmth for a chilly fall day.
By using whole fruit instead of juicing, you’ll be keeping all of that important fiber found in the pineapple, and the sage is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, folate and lots of other nutrients. Blend it all up with lots of water, and this is a truly delicious way to put self-care on the very top of your daily to-do list.
- 1½ cups fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1 large leaf of fresh sage (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 cups water
- Add all ingredients to a high powered blender. Blend until smooth. Serve over ice.
- Serves 2
Another important thing you can do for your health is take a good quality probiotic every day. Take one with your pineapple sage agua fresca, and you’ve just done two really great things for yourself in a matter of minutes! See how quickly they add up… 🙂
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