This summer is all about staying hydrated, and one way to do it with great style, and flavour, is Infused waters.
The benefits of drinking water are countless, which you are already familiar with. The human body is made up of 55-60% water. We naturally lose water throughout the day, which is why we need to replenish our bodies with at least 1.5 litres of fresh water daily. By the time you feel thirsty, your body has lost more than 1 percent of its total water. Make sure to drink plenty of water before you feel thirsty, and try infused water when you want some extra flavour.
Additional infused water benefits:
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Fills you up so you don’t eat as much junk.
- Naturally helps your body release fat cells.
- Keeps food moving through your system.
- Flushes toxins from your system.
- Improves your mood.
- Reduces muscle fatigue while working out.
- Helps you recuperate faster from a workout.
- Keeps your organs healthy while you’re sweating.
- Keeps you from feeling groggy in the afternoon.
Infused water with fresh fruit, fragrant herbs, raw veggies, and spices are super simple. Water mingles with various fruits and/or herbs in your fridge for a number of hours, yielding a light, refreshing, and calorie- and sugar-free concoction. Think of going to a restaurant and being served a glass of ice water with a lemon wedge. That one wedge alone adds a very light crisp to what is probably just tap water; think of what a combination of complementary edibles could do for that glass! If your mind is going blank like, well, a plain glass of water, try gathering some infused water basics like the ones by McKel Hill, MS/RD/LDN from Nutrition Stripped:
- Citruses: oranges, tangerines, limes, lemons, grapefruits
- Berries: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries
- Melons: watermelon, Tuscan melon, honeydew
- Other fruits: kiwis, apples, pineapples, mangoes
- Vegetables: cucumber, celery
- Herbs: basil, rosemary, mint
Even honey can be added should you desire a more potent sweetener! Spices like a cinnamon stick and cayenne pepper can also make an appearance for a little more depth. Sparkling water can be substituted for filtered water for a little more oomph as well. The idea behind infused water is enhance (or provide, depending on your opinion) the flavor to water to make it more appealing, palatable, and of course, fun to drink.
Why don't you try these combinations:
*// indicates OR to give you several options (via Nutrition Stripped)
- grapefruit + sage//rosemary//mint//basil
- lemon + mint//cilantro//basil
- lemon + lime + cilantro
- lemon + ginger
- Meyer lemon + tangerine + pear + hot green pepper + cilantro
- lemon + orange + ginger
- blood orange + ginger + basil
- cucumber + lemon + lime + mint//basil
- cucumber + grapefruit + sage//rosemary
- cucumber + watermelon + mint
- carrots + apple + lemon + ginger
- carrots + pomegranate + sage
- honeydew + cantaloupe + watermelon + sage//mint
- watermelon + mint//rosemary//basil
- cantaloupe + blood orange + lemon
- pear + rosemary//sage
- banana + nectarine + basil
- blackberries + raspberries + strawberries + mint
- strawberries + grapefruit + sage
- apple + plum + blueberries + mint//sage
- cherries + lime + mint