Hibiscus Flowers (Zobo) & Lemon Flavored Water

Adding fruits, vegetables, spices or herbs to water to make it taste delicious has been a popular practice in the UK for a number of years.

There are a number of companies that create these flavored drinks with the key selling points that the added flavor makes the water taste better, and is a really stylish way to drink water since in the UK, water is hard and not a lot of people drink it, but they prefer other drinks instead. It came a point that doctors began to prescribe/recommend water to their patients in order to address some ailments!

The harsh reality is that of the 1.5 -2 litres of water recommended for daily consumption, most of us struggle with drinking 2-3 classes per day.

Water is Life....it is so important to all the different processes that go on in our bodies. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration in the body, and that itself leads to a host of other malaise to our health.

So while these popular flavored waters may be delicious to drink, there is a growing concern about the content of the water. Research has found out that some of these drinks contain unhealthy amounts of sugar/sweeteners, as well as other substances often added to colour or stabilize the drinks.

Adding certain fruits, vegetables or spices to water are quite beneficial. Lime, lemon oranges, cucumbers, cinnamon etc have been added to water with added nutritional benefits for the drinker. In this vein, I have decided to add some hibiscus flowers to my water, and based on the really impressive nutritional profile of this plant, it is hit....

Drinking flavoured water can be really beneficial depending on what you add; it can act as an energizer, cleanser, beauty enhancer....etc. The only advice is that you should flavor your own water because that way you are certain of its content...... Its easy....

What you need
  • Hibiscus flower (zobo leaves)
  • Oranges/lemon
  • Spring water
  • Ice

What to do
  1. Wash a couple of hibiscus (zobo)leaves, drain and store in a jar in the fridge for later use.
  2. Wash your lemons/oranges before peeling, then slice thinly using a mandolin slicer. 
  3. Drop a couple of hibiscus leaves into a glass, add some lemon or orange slices, some ice cubes then fill with fresh spring water. Also good with sparkling water.

Hibiscus (zobo) flavored water with no artificial sweeteners, colour or additives

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