Summer technically doesn’t begin until June but let’s be honest – Arizona likes to get a head-start on the heat wave. With all of the water that you will be drinking, why not flavor it will delicious, healthy ice cubes? Not to mention, these ice cubes look pretty in a cup and are packed with health and beauty benefits!
The directions for all of these ice cube concoctions are the same.
First, slice the fruit/plant into small pieces to fit into the ice tray.
Fill the tray with water and let it freeze overnight.
Lemon, Ginger and Lemongrass Ice Cubes
Ice cube tray
Health benefits of ginger: Ginger has been recommended in ancient medicine to help cure and prevent several health problems. It is known to promote energy circulation in the body while increasing the body’s metabolic rate.
Health benefits of lemons: Lemons supposedly have strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting powers.
The ginger gives a real kick so these ice cubes may not be for every palette.
Strawberry and Basil Ice Cubes
Health benefits of strawberries: Boosts immunity, promotes eye health, vitamin C helps fight cancer, helps production of collage which means less wrinkles.
Health benefits of basil: Basil is an anti-inflammatory food that can give relief for people with rheumatoid arthritis plus basil is also effective in treating acne and psoriasis.
Spearmint and Lime Ice Cubes
Health benefits of spearmint: There are compounds in mint help relieve fatigue and stress, plus it’s rich in antioxidants.
Health benefits of lime: The limonoid compounds in limes have been shown to prevent cancers of the colon, stomach and blood; plus, it’s been known to lower cholesterol and prevent kidney stones.
Coffee and Cream Ice Cubes
Cream or milk
Make these coffee ice cubes for iced coffee. No more watered down coffee! Freeze coffee, cream and a mix of the two.
Health benefits of coffee: coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers, are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.
Mixed Berry Ice Cubes
All kinds of berries!
WedMD says, “On the color wheel, the purple-blue-red-orange spectrum is home to the most antioxidant-rich fruits.”
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