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Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water

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Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water www.britonalo.com

A few years ago Luke and I went to a restaurant in Salt Lake called Frida Bistro. I wrote a post about it here.

While the food didn’t impress us much, the drinks and dessert were amazing! I had a pineapple jalepeno limeade that still haunts me.

I have been trying to drink more water in recent months and have been playing around with infusing it with different fruit combos. Blackberry Lemon is a really great one, find it here. Grapefruit Rosemary is NOT. So bitter!

Well, I wanted to try something inspired by my drink at Frida Bistro so I came up with this pineapple jalepeno lemon infused water. I’m so happy with how it turned out – sweet and spicy! You can adjust the heat by adding less or more jalepeno. I also love this water without the lemon. I haven’t tried it with other citrus fruits but I’m sure they would sub in just fine, especially lime.

And before I get to the recipe, did you know jalepenos are LOADED with vitamins (C, K, E, most of the B complex), minerals (potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese), and antioxidants? This water is a great way to get the benefits without chomping down on the raw pepper! Guess what, pineapple is packed with goodness, too! Not only is it the only natural source of an enzyme called bromelain, it is also packed with vitamins and minerals (C, copper, thiamine, B-1, B-6, magnesium, folate, riboflavin, niacin, iron). So, there you go – this water is AWESOME!

Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water

1/8 pineapple, cut into tidbits
1/4-1/2 lemon, washed and sliced (also great without it)
jalepeno, washed and cut into 4 thin slices, membranes and seeds removed (wear gloves when cutting)

In a 32 oz. Canning Jar:
Add pineapple to the jar and muddle, then add lemon, and jalepeno. Add ice and water, screw on the lid and give it a good shake. Enjoy immediately! You can also refill your jar a few times or dilute it with more water if it’s too spicy to start.

And speaking of canning jars…click each pic for details!

Choose Water- Tips, Tricks, and Recipes to help you get the water your body NEEDS! www.britonalo.com

Better Sleep

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March was all about focusing on sleep for me. (See my other monthly goals here.) For YEARS I have been a night owl. Like, 2am would roll around and I would be surprised how late it was. My body just doesn’t give me the sleepy cues it should to force my buns into bed. The only problem is that I have an early alarm clock and kids that need a functional mama every morning. Now, I might be “functional” after 4 hours of sleep but I am certainly not very nice about it. I realized a couple of years ago that “functional” wasn’t going to cut it anymore and that I wanted to be more pleasant and less grumpy. So, I started changing my sleep habits. I’m still not perfect about it and now I only stay up until 2am if I have deadlines!

I wanted to spend a month focusing on my sleep just to remind myself of how important it is and keep myself on the right sleep track.

Better Sleep www.britonalo.com

Here are some tips for getting better sleep if you tend to stay up late then regret the next morning!

1. Stop looking at tv, phone, laptop, computer, etc. about 30 minutes before you plan to go to sleep. The light messes with your brain and tells your body to stay awake.

2. Go to bed a little earlier each night. If you are staying up until 2am, like I was, it will be a huge adjustment to suddenly hit the hay at 10pm.

3. Don’t nap. For me, a nap always messes up my sleep schedule. If I accidentally crash on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, there is NO WAY I will be able to fall asleep before midnight. I try to avoid naps, at all costs!

4. Do something relaxing. If you are used to watching tv until bedtime, try taking a lavender bath instead. You can also try meditating, stretching, or listening to calm music.

5. Stop eating. Give your body a break from digesting. Try to stop eating several hours before bed. Brush your teeth to help keep you from midnight snacking.

6. Dim the lights. Lights tell your body it’s time to be awake. Start dimming your lights closer to bedtime to naturally tell your bod its time for some snoozing.

7. Fake it till you make it. A lot of times I don’t feel tired but I just make myself go to bed. Some nights it takes me forever to fall asleep but I know that at least my body is still getting rest and that I’m still in the process of teaching myself better sleep habits.

For me, more sleep means I am much nicer, no bags under my eyes, more energy, and mental clarity.

Check out my focus for April and follow along on Instagram! Do you have any more tips for getting better sleep?

Lemon Blackberry Infused Water

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Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

If you follow me on Instagram (click here to follow!) you have noticed that I’m focusing on drinking more water this month. It has been a great conversation with my IG pals with lots of tips and ideas shared. If you are looking for some easy ways to increase your water intake, follow along with my hashtag: #choosewaterwithbrit. You can upload your own pictures and ideas and use that hashtag so we can all benefit from your posts!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite tips, a recipe for infused water. I love water but I get bored with it, especially now that I am trying hard to get enough each day! Sometimes I look at the full glass in front of me and I just can’t bring myself to drink it!

I try to switch up my plain water with an infused water as often as I can. It’s such a healthy way to change the flavor! Here is one of my favorites:

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon Blackberry Infused Water

1/4-1/2 lemon, washed and sliced (I really love lemon so I use 1/2)
5-6 blackberries, washed

In A 32 Oz. Canning Jar:
Combine lemon, blackberries and ice. Add 16 oz. water. Screw on the lid and give it a few good shakes. Refrigerate 4-24 hours. Muddle the berries with the back of a spoon or fork, enjoy!

Choose Water- Tips, Tricks, and Recipes to help you get the water your body NEEDS! www.britonalo.com

Check out these water bottles to help you with your goal- I love the ones that are made for infusions!

Like this post? You’ll LOVE this one! (click the picture for the recipe)

Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Do you have a favorite way to flavor your water? I’m always looking for more ideas!