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Celiac Nutrition Guide, 3rd Edition (Single Copy)

Celiac Nutrition Guide, 3rd Edition (Single Copy)

This easy to read “survival guide” outlines essential information for people diagnosed with Celiac disease.

Aguas Frescas de Frutas Recipe

Recipe by Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS

Strawberries in blender for Aguas FrescasBecome a mixologist by blending any combination of fruit — sweet or sour — to create refreshing aguas frescas de frutas (meaning "fresh fruit water" in Spanish). Popular in many Latin American and Caribbean regions, these fruit drinks are made from pureed fruit and a splash of sparkling water or wine that adds the "fizz." Sipping an agua fresca is a nourishing, vitamin C-rich, low-calorie alternative to store-bought fruit drinks.

Alter this recipe with fruit that is less common to you — guava, mango, papaya or passion fruit — or use more common types — berries, lemon, lime, oranges, peaches or pineapple. You can involve kids, too. Let them mix and match to create their own recipe.

Ingredients

8 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled, or other berries
1 cup cubed ripe melon (cantaloupe, Crenshaw, honeydew, watermelon)
2 cups ice cold water
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil or mint leaves
2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste (optional)*
Ice cubes
8 ounces club soda, tonic water or sparkling wine
Lemon slices, for garnish
Basil or mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine strawberries, melon, water and basil or mint in a blender. Whirl to liquefy. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes to allow basil or mint to infuse fruit puree with flavor.
  2. Pour into a 1-quart pitcher. Add lemon juice and sugar, as desired. (If sugar is added, stir to dissolve.)
  3. To serve, put ice into four glasses. Pour fruit mixture over ice. Add 2 ounces tonic water, club soda or sparkling wine to each. Garnish each glass with lemon slices and basil or mint.
  4. Serve immediately. Pureed fruit may settle.

Cooking Note

*Sweeten to taste if desired, depending on sweetness of fresh fruit.

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

Calories: 35; Calories from fat: 0; Total fat: 0g; Saturated fat: 0g; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium 20mg; Total carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary fiber: 2g; Sugars: 6g; Protein: 1g