Do your kids enjoy fruit punch but you cringe at the additives and food coloring agents? This 2 Ingredient Hibiscus Punch (Paleo, Low-Carb, THM, GAPS) is simple enough to make with under 10 minutes from start to finish (not counting the brewing time).
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Real Food Punch with Hibiscus
Originally from Angolla, hibiscus is now cultivated throughout the tropical regions of the Earth like Mexico, Sudan and Egypt. Traditionally, it has been used to support normal blood pressure and is healthy for overall cardiovascular health. And because of the high vitamin C content, hibiscus helps with recovery from colds and flus.
But you know what else hibiscus is good for? Disguising itself as a junky, corn-syrup-laden counterpart “Fruit Punch.” For the most part, all I have to do is give my kids “the look” and they get the message that [insert junk food/drink here] is not the best option but with this drink, I don’t even have to say anything.
They naturally ask for it. And they love it.
Even if its’ nemesis is standing right next to it. I admit the vibrant color is appealing to kids but this drink is also great for adults. Especially when there’s a low-carb option for all the keto folks.
Natural “Fruit Punch”
I’ve come across homemade makeup recipes calling for hibiscus as a coloring agent and I can totally see how the beautiful ruby hue would be a great alternative to substandard dies.
When you finely grind hibiscus, it creates this gorgeously rich magenta powder much like this shade of hibiscus punch.
Related: Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm
2 Ingredient Hibiscus Punch (Paleo, Low-Carb, Keto, GAPS)
This drink is so versatile and so easy to make. The two main ingredients are hibiscus flowers and a sweetener of your choice. Use raw honey if you’re on a healing diet such as Paleo and GAPS and a monkfruit is a great choice for lwo-carb punch.
- Steep hibiscus overnight with a quart of boiling water for a robust flavor.
- If overnight isn’t possible, aim to steep for two hours. That way, you’re gettng a strong infusion and extracting as much vitamins and minerals from this flower.
- Strain hibiscus through a fine sieve and pour additional filtered water straight into a large jar over the hibiscus flowers to wash as much of the nutrients off the flowers as you can.
- Whether you’re using honey or monkfruit, it’s best to dissolve it in tepid water first, then add to the punch.
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Organic Hibiscus Flowers – I buy these in 1lb packages since it goes fast.
Raw Honey – be sure to not heat this for maximum nutrition. This sweetener is a great option if you’re on Paleo or GAPS and if honey is tolerated.
Monk fruit Sweetener – this is a great option if you’re going low-carb or keto or otherwise want to keep this drink on the low glycemic side. Start small and work your way up to your desired sweetness.
Quart Jar – Steep hibiscus using quart size jar. It’s easier to work with and quart is really enough to create a powerful infusion.
Pint Jar – I use this size to dissolve the honey with warm water.
Fine Mesh Sieve – Pour the steeped hibiscus through the sieve using a funnel directly into your large jar.
Half Gallon Jar – Combine everything in this size jar. Great for storage.
So, what do you think? Can this drink win over your kids like it did mine?
Hibiscus Punch (Paleo, Low-Carb, THM, GAPS)
Sweet and refreshing drink made with only 2 ingredients!
- 1/2 cup dried hibiscus
- 7 cups filtered water
- 1/2 cup raw honey OR
- 1/4 - 3/4 cup Monkfruit sweetener
- juice of 1 lemon (optional)
Steep hibiscus in 1 quart boiling water for 2-4 hours (or overnight for best flavor).
Dissolve the honey or monkfruit in 1 cup of warm water in your pitcher. Note: do not use hot water for the honey as the temperature will kill all the beneficial enzymes.
Add lemon juice, if using and give it a quick stir.
Enjoy immediately on ice or refrigerate for up to two weeks.
It's always best to start low on the sweetener and add more as necessary, especially when working with low-carb sweeteners such as Monkfruit.
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