Are you looking for a refreshing 5-minute drink recipe with no added sugars? If so, then this flavorful, anti-inflammatory recipe is for you!
Check out the nutritional benefits of the ingredients used in this recipe below:
Nutritional Benefits at a Glance:
Blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables. The main antioxidant compounds in blueberries belong to a family of polyphenol antioxidants called flavonoids. One group of flavonoids in particular — anthocyanins — is thought to be responsible for much of these berries’ beneficial health effects.
Ginger appears to be highly effective against nausea and potentially helps people with indigestion. Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance that has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Limes are high in vitamin C, but also contain small amounts of iron, calcium, vitamin B6, thiamine, potassium, and other antioxidants and nutrients. Limes may offer many health benefits such as aiding iron absorption, helping improve immunity, and preventing kidney stones.
Sparkling water, also known as carbonated water, combines water and carbon dioxide under pressure. Current nutritional research does not show evidence that carbonated or sparkling water is bad for you — it’s not harmful to dental health and it seems to have no effect on bone health. Therefore, sparkling water is a good alternative to sugary soft drinks, as simple sugars have been linked to increased severity of IBD symptoms.
Blueberry Ginger Lime Sparkling Water
- Mason jars or glasses
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 lime sliced
- 1 Tbsp ginger peeled and sliced
- 6 ice cubes
- 3 cups sparkling water
- Divide blueberries, lime slices, ginger, and ice between mason jars or glasses.
- Top with sparkling water.
No Sparkling Water
- Use flat water instead.
- Muddle the berries and limes in the bottom of the jar for extra flavor.
Switch it Up
- Swap out the blueberries for strawberries or raspberries.
- Swap out the lime for lemon or orange.