Looking for a healthy alternative to soda, coffee or energy drinks? Know you should drink water but it’s JUST. TOO. BORING? With summer ahead of us, I wanted to explore some refreshing drinks that are also good for you. Two Words: Infused Water.
Infusing water is relatively simple and only includes a few ingredients. The idea is to find fruits, vegetables, herbs and/or spices that you like and mix those flavors with the water.
While the selected fruit or herb will start to share its flavor with the water right away, here are some hints for a stronger, more robust taste:
- Cut the item into thin slices or small cubes as this will allow the flavor to infuse more quickly
- Let the water infuse at room temperature before refrigerating
- Use fresh ingredients
There are numerous combinations, but I recommend putting some thought into your infused water. For example, if you don’t like a certain fruit to the taste, it’s likely you won’t like it in your water either.
I’ve included some of my favorite recipes (from wellnessmama.com), so drink up!
Thinly slice one cucumber. Peel if it isn’t organic! Add the sliced cucumbers to a ½ gallon glass jar, add 8 muddled fresh mint leaves, and fill with filtered water. Stir gently and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Slice two organic oranges into thin slices (leave the rind on for better flavor). Add sliced oranges and 1 cup of blueberries to a gallon size glass jar. Add filtered water to fill the jar and stir gently. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and store in refrigerator.
Like strawberry lemonade, but better! Add 15 fresh strawberries, washed and finely sliced to a ½ gallon glass jar. Add one sliced lemon with rind on. Fill with water. Stir gently and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight in refrigerator and enjoy.