Drinking fruit and herbal infusions is a fantastic healthy habit to establish. Not only does it boost hydration but it can also satisfy your sweet tooth without the sugar hit. This also prevents overeating as thirst is often mistaken for hunger.
Like most products these days, there is an overwhelming amount of choice… herbal tea, green, black… the list goes on. Remember that most fruit and herbal ‘teas’ do not actually contain any tea, but rather, herbal or fruit extracts. Each type of tea/infusion has its own unique benefits but if you’re looking to boost hydration, herbal/fruit is the way to go. A specific range of fruit infusions we love is Red Seal. Red Seal have a selection of delicious, naturally sweet fruit brews including Lemon & Lime, Raspberry & Strawberry, Blood Orange & Superfruits and Peach & Pineapple. Amongst these is the classic Lemon & Ginger – our go to before bed cuppa. All Red Seal fruit brews can be enjoyed either as a refreshing iced drink (perfect for Summer) or as a warming and comforting hot brew in the cooler months. Red Seal are actually the only brew available that can be enjoyed hot or cold straight from the pack!
The hydration problem
Adequate hydration is essential to life and one of the most important pillars of optimum health. In parts of the world where we are fortunate enough to have sufficient drinking water, one of the most commonly cited reasons for not drinking enough water is the taste, and the fact that most people would rather satisfy their taste buds by reaching for a sugar laden soft drink or cordial. Many people also don’t realise that black tea and coffee actually contribute to dehydration, increasing our requirement for water.
A great solution to this deterrent is to make water more interesting, without the added sugar. Enter Red Seal fruit brews! The brews are bursting with flavour whilst being a hydrating, low sugar option. They are the perfect alternative to soft drinks or artificially sweetened fruit juice.
Ethos behind Red Seal Fruit Infusion
The ethos of Red Seal in their quest to create quality, natural products that help to make good health affordable, is very much aligned with our own values.
The fruit and botanical brew range contains no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, yields no calories and has no caffeine or gluten, nor GMO (genetically modified organisms). Each 250ml serving contains only natural ingredients and has less than 0.5g of natural sugar (from the fruit). When the flavour can be enhanced by a little additional sweetness, natural stevia is added.
I’m sure you all know how to make tea herbal infusion, but what is unique about Red Seal fruit brews is that there is no difference between making a hot or a cold brew…
To serve as a hot drink, simply pour boiling water over your tea bag and allow it to steep for 3 – 5 minutes for maximum flavour.
As a cold infusion, allow your Red Seal tea bag to infuse in room temperature water, preferably filtered, for 3 – 5 minutes. Then simply add ice cubes and desired garnish for an exotic flair. You can also infuse your Red Seal brew with sparkling water… tastes even better than sugary fizzy drink!
Red Seal teabags themselves are free of chemicals and bleach (unlike many). This is a key reason why it is important to know about the brand you are choosing before purchasing. There are no glues, staples or other chemicals used in their processing and are compostable, so better for us and better for the planet.
With great products available to us like Red Seal fruit brews we have no excuse not to stay properly hydrated!
There is no recipe required however if you’re feeling like getting creative with an exotic (cheat’s) mocktail, try this flavour packed berry no-jito.
MIXED BERRY NO-JITO
2 bags Red Seal Raspberry & Strawberry Infusion
2 cups sparkling water
1 handful ice cubes
1/2 punnet fresh raspberries
1/2 punnet fresh blackberries
2 sprigs fresh mint leaves
- Place teabags in a medium sized jug and pour over room temperature sparkling water.
- Allow to infuse for 3-5 minutes.
- Add ice cubes, berries and mint leaves. Gently mix.
- Serve, sip and enjoy!