Punch Boring Water in the Face with Infused Water!
Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body. It helps regulate body temperature, promotes weight loss, protects your vital organs, and even makes you look younger. But drinking glass after glass after glass of flavorless water can become boring. The solution is to mix it up with infused water!
Infused water more flavorful way to get your H2O and can be loaded with fruits, veggies and herbs that can supercharge your water.
When combined with water, the fruits, vegetables, and herbs infuse up to 20% of their vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more into the water (hence why it’s called infused water!). Infused water is an easy way to enjoy a healthy and flavorful beverage without the added sugars and chemicals found in most commercial flavored water found at your local grocery store or in the vending machine.
All fruits, vegetables, and herbs have their own therapeutic effects on the body such as flushing out toxins, supporting your digestive system, revving up your metabolism, regulating pH to help keep the body alkaline, and boosting your immune system, which is why infused water is a great way to increase your water intake and your health.
One important note: homemade infused waters will not contain an entire day’s worth of vitamins or anything extreme like the claims you’ll find on most artificially created “vitamin waters” with added vitamins and (worse yet) artificial sweeteners. Homemade infused water is all about 100% natural and subtle flavors with natural nutrients. Keep it simple.
Also, you can eat the fruit at the end of the day if you haven’t already eaten a lot of fruit throughout the day : ) You can also take it out and freeze it to add to smoothies later.
So how do you make infused water? Read on for some easy, health-packed recipes.
SIMPLE INFUSED LEMON WATER
Pour 8 cups water in pitcher or large bowl. Wash lemons (or limes if that’s what you have in your kitchen!), then cut into thin slices and add to the water. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before drinking, and enjoy! You can keep ingredients refrigerated up to 2 days.
Lemons are full of some great health benefits!
- Lemons give your body high doses of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and citric acid. Together these nutrients support your immune system. Better yet, they also boost your body’s collagen production. Translation? Younger-looking, refreshed, plump skin! Vitamin C also combats blemishes and pimples. Rock on!
- When you drink a little lemon water before you eat, it reduces hunger, aids digestion and will even help detoxify your liver.
- Falling asleep mid-afternoon? When you pull out some infused lemon water, the scent of the lemons can improve your alertness and help increase your energy!
MINTY CITRUS BURST
Want to take your lemon water to another level? Try adding some cucumbers and mint. Besides the benefits of the lemon mentioned above, the added cucumber hydrates your body and also flushes out toxins. The mint supports your digestive system by activating salivary glands and digestive enzymes. The extra bonus? Water-rich foods such as lemon and cucumber are great ways to help reduce bloating. You’ll get great taste, health benefits, and hydration from this citrus infused water.
- 1-2 lemons (sliced)
- 1/2 cucumber (sliced)
- 10-12 mint leaves
- 2 quarts water
Washed the lemons, cucumber, and mint leaves. Slice the cucumber and lemons. Crush the mint leaves to release more flavor. Then combine all the ingredients together in a pitcher/infusion pitcher. Let it infuse overnight.
SAGE & STRAWBERRY RELAXER
Stressful day? Not only will this infused water refresh and hydrate you, the savory addition of sage will actually help you relax. Sage has been used in aromatherapy for relaxation for centuries, plus strawberries are jam-packed with antioxidants. This drink is the perfect way to get your water in and help you stay calm as well! Make it the night before and have it waiting for you when you get home from work. Hello yumminess!
- 2 quarts water
- 1/2 cup strawberries, lightly crushed to release flavor
- 1/4 cup pineapple, lightly crushed to release flavor
- 2 sage leafs (if sage is unavailable, you can use basil instead)
Wash strawberries and cut into slices. Rinse the sage leaves. Cut up the pineapple if using a fresh one or use frozen pineapple pieces. Combine all the ingredients in water, and put it in the refrigerator overnight. Enjoy within 2 days!
GREEN TEA+LIME+MINT=OH YEAH!
This drink is packed with antioxidants, metabolism boosters and digestion support. The mint even freshens your breath! Just one cup of green tea is enough to jump-start your metabolism. And the lime helps keep your body more alkaline. This drink is a flavorful, fresh health booster.
- 8 cups brewed green tea
- 1 lime, sliced
- A handful of mint leaves (8-15 leaves)
Brew green tea according to the instructions on the label. Wash the lime and mint leaves. Slice the lime and lightly crush the mint leaves to release more flavor. In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients. For the best flavor, mix together in the evening and allow all the flavors to fuse together overnight.
How do you like to drink water? Do you find it helpful to have a little flavor? Comment below and share your ideas below!