Infused Water: A Healthy Way to Stay Hydrated
Summer is upon us and we should remember to keep hydrated as we pursue outdoor activities on hot days. You can make drinking water more interesting and tasty by making your own infused water. Drinking infused water is a cheap alternative to buying iced teas, sport drinks and bottled water.
Why Drink Infused Water?
We all have heard that drinking water is good for us. We try to drink 8 glasses a day but it is hard to remember to do. Drinking lots of water helps keep our bodies hydrated, prevents headaches and helps to keep us energetic. We have found that by infusing natural flavors into water it makes it more appealing to drink. Adding fruits, herbs and flavorful veggies helps to make the water more appealing and adds vitamins. Most importantly these drinks look good and if it looks good we are more likely to drink the water and stay hydrated.
Make Your Own Infused Water
You can make a large batch of infused water, by filling a pitcher with water, mixing in some chopped up fruits, veggies, and/or herbs. Let it sit for 3-5 hours in your refrigerator. Pour the infused water over ice and enjoy a delicious and refreshing drink that is healthy.
Here are some of the most common combinations for infused water.
Cucumber & Fresh Mint
Apple & Cinnamon Sticks
Blueberry & Strawberry
Orange, Cucumber, Lime, & Lemon
Lemon, Cucumber, Fresh Mint, & Fresh Rosemary
Frozen Grapes, Frozen Strawberries, & Fresh Mint
Watermelon, Pineapple, & Apple
Honey Dew, Cantaloupe, & Watermelon
Peach, Honey Dew, & Cantaloupe
Watermelon & Peach
Strawberry & Fresh Mint
Fresh Mint, Fresh Lavender, & Lemon
Peach, Strawberry, & Raspberry/Blackberry
Kiwi, Raspberry, & Peach
Blackberry & Fresh Sage
Strawberry & Orange
More tips- wash the fruit before you place it into water. This is true even if you are peeling the fruit. Cut the fruit and veggies into small pieces. This will help the flavors to infuse more quickly. Keep infused water refrigerated. AFter about 24 hours take the fruit out of the water. You can strain the fruit out and keep the water to drink.
Enjoy a Cool Water Drink in Your Apartment
Enjoying a cool drink in your apartment is a great thing to do when you have friends and family over to visit. It is inexpensive to make and if you serve the water with colorful straws, pieces of fruit on the rim or in a pretty glass it makes your gathering an event to remember.
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