Kombucha and Kefir water seem to be in all the health food stores these days touting their health benefits. While I enjoy a good kombucha every now and again I thought I’d share a recipe for a fruit enzyme drink that I learned how to make in a detox program I took a couple years ago while I was living in Hong Kong.
According to my yoga teacher and homeopathic doctor who ran the detox program, pineapple enzyme helps to breakdown proteins for digestion and it has anti-inflammatory properties to speed up post-workout recovery. It is also loaded with vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium, fiber and vitamin C. Other benefits include: strengthens weak bones (manganese in the enzymes is needed by the body to build bone and connective tissues); it helps keep gums healthy; prevents macular degeneration (it contains a lot of beta-carotene); helps arthritis (bromeliad in the enzyme is an effective anti-inflammatory); fewer coughs and colds; aids digestion; helpful for upper respiratory tract infections such as Sinusitis and Bronchitis; can help reduce the risk of blood clots;
Fruit enzyme drink lasts for 2 weeks, which is about 1 shot per day. Store in a glass container.
- 1 pineapple – peeled cut in slices
- 3 lemons – thin round slices with the skin.
- Manuka Honey
- Filtered water
Before you begin, wash your hands and the fruit, cutting board and knives. It is imperative that everything is sterilized so that you do not let any bacteria get in.
- In a glass container, pour enough water to cover the bottom surface.
- Place pineapple slices on the bottom (1 layer)
- Cover pineapple with a layer of lemon slices.
- Take a big spoonful of Manuka honey and drizzle all over the lemons.
- Repeat steps 2-4 like layering a lasagna until you get to the top of your container or run out of fruit. The top layer should be mostly lemons with honey. The honey helps prevent bacteria from growing.
- Fill the container about 80%-90% full and on the very top cover with pure raw honey.
- Pour more water on the sides until it is just below the top of the surface level.
- Put a lid on the container. Let it sit (not in the fridge) in a warm place. Check it in 3 days. You will notice it starts to bubble. If you notice black bacteria forming you need to throw the mixture away. White bacteria is okay.
Open the lid every 3 days to release gasses. After a total of 7-9 days, strain the liquid into a glass jar. The fruit enzyme should taste like a sweet, fruity wine, and be slightly alcoholic. Throw the rinds away and put the juice in the fridge.
Consume daily as a shot or mix with sparkling water.
Keep lemon and pineapple peels to make GARBAGE ENZYME.
For this recipe it is okay to use a plastic container.
- You can use any kind of fruit feels but lemon and pineapple are the best.
- 1 1/4 cup of water
- 3/4 cup of any kind of brown sugar
Place all the ingredients in the plastic container and shake it together. Store the container in a safe place. Pop the lid ever 3-7 days to allow gasses to escape. Let it sit for 3 months in a warm climate or 5 months in a cooler climate, like Canada. Don’t forget to write the date!
After 5 months, strain into a spray bottle. Throw peels away. The acidity in the Garbage Enzyme kills bacteria and can be used as a multipurpose household cleaner and to wash your clothes. Apparently it also repels ants and other insects! It smells citrusy and is 100% eco friendly.
To find out more about doing a yoga/detox program or to get help in making your fruit enzyme drink contact me today.