Shake away those winter shivers with an infused water that heats you up from the inside out! Jalapeño peppers bring the heat while strawberries keep the water sweet. It’s a delicious combination that is easy to modify to a comfortable level of spiciness.
Recipe for a 32 oz Ball jar : 3 organic strawberries + 1/4 to 1/2 of a jalapeño pepper. Cut the tops off of the strawberries and slice them into two for maximum surface area. Use a plastic glove or piece of plastic wrap over your thumb to de-seed the pepper. Fill with cold water and infuse in your refrigerator for 3-12 hours. Enjoy cold.
A note about spiciness: 1/2 of a jalapeño pepper will produce a spicy water! If you typically eat spicy foods, you’ll have no problem with the flavor of 1/2 of an infused jalapeño pepper. On the other hand, 1/4 of a pepper produces a very faint spiciness…almost too little to taste. If you have sensitive tastebuds, use 1/4 pepper.
Also, the longer you infuse the water, the spicier it will become. Luckily, the strawberries’ sweetness always helps to cut the flavor.
Did you know that jalapeño peppers only have 4 calories per pepper? They are are also rich in vitamin C, with almost 17 milligrams in a small pepper. Plus, the capsaicin in jalapeño peppers acts as an anti-inflammatory agent AND is recommended for weight loss and stubborn belly fat. Win!