Berry Good Water


1 quart filtered water
1 cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon salt
Juice of 1 lemon


You clearly know when your plants are in need of water, right? They droop their leaves, dry out around the edges, lose some color and darn near die! Do you know that your body does the same thing? Our droop might come in our energy levels, or dry lips and it sure takes a toll on our health. Heading into the rare hot days of a Seattle summer calls for a reminder to hydrate yourself, not just the garden!

Plain old water is always best, but just in case you’re the type that needs the flair of flavor to drink that recommended 8 glasses of water, we’ve got you covered! This recipe puts together the best of summer joy: twist of lemon, fresh picked berries, nectar of the bees and salt from the seas. This is the basis of an “electrolyte” drink, giving your body the salts it needs to function properly: sodium and potassium. Mind you that water is really all you need, but a few extra nutrients might just help your droopy leaves!

Fill ½ gallon pitcher with filtered water.
Place blueberries in a bowl and gently smash them with a fork to break the skin to release juice. Pour into water.
Add honey, salt and lemon juice; stir.
Taste and adjust to desired flavor and strength. Add ice and enjoy!

Serving Size:
Makes 3 cups.
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