Staying hydrated is a must, especially when weight loss is your goal, but if plain water seems too boring, boost your H2O with fruits and veggies. Prep time is typically minimal, as you’re chopping and slicing fruits and veggies. Chop and slice in bulk over the weekend to have them on hand for snacks and infused water throughout the week.
By Kristen Castillo
The hard part? Waiting for your drink to steep. Make it fresh in the morning or even prepare it at night to enjoy the next day.
Experiment with different blends, and you won’t be bored by the idea of drinking water anymore.
Here are a few tasty and hydrating flavor combinations:
. Whether you’re drinking water at the beach or at the office, give your drink a splash of the islands by infusing watermelon, pineapple, mango and other tropical fruits.
Add berries – from raspberries and strawberries to blackberries and blueberries to your water for lots of color and subtle berry goodness.
. Give your water some zing with citrus flavors like lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange.
Other fruit pairings include apples and pears steeped with cinnamon; cucumbers, sliced grapes, and herbs like rosemary, mint and basil.
How to Infuse
Infusing can be as simple as soaking fruits, veggies and herbs in a pitcher of water. Get fancier by using containers with built-in infusers.
No matter what fruits or vegetables you use, be sure to clean them well, as they’ll be steeping in your drink all day. Use organic produce, if possible to minimize chemical exposure.
Chop or slice the fruits and veggies and let them sit in room temperature or cold water for at least a few hours. Know that berries and watermelon, for example will infuse faster than thicker fruits like apples, which work better if they can steep overnight. There’s no need to use hot water, which it could break down the ingredients, resulting in mushy fruits.
Check out these six infused water recipes:
Lavender Blueberry Lemonade
Prep: 5 minutes / Cook: 5 minutes/ Total Time: 10 minutess
Serves 2; approx. 50 calories per cup
1 handful of Crunchies blueberries
1 sprig of lavender
2/3 cup of cold water
2 lemons juiced
1. Place the lavender, ice, and Crunchies blueberries in a glass.
2. Juice two lemons, and pour over the ice mixture. Add the water.
3. Lightly stir and serve.
This recipe from Wellness Mama
uses two cups of chopped fresh watermelon (without rind) with a gallon of water. Mix in 15 leaves of muddled basil. Then place it in the refrigerator to infuse for at least four hours.
Pineapple and Coconut
Yum! This infused water recipe from Wholefully
incorporates pineapple and coconut. Use a quart of regular or sparkling water and ice for this refreshing drink, which also calls for a third of a cup of fresh pineapple and a quarter cup of fresh coconut chunks.
Cucumber and Mint
Happy Healthy Mama
calls this infused drink, “the classic spa water.” It’s as simple as combining 18 ounces of water with five to six slices of cucumber and five mint leaves.
This colorful pairing is delicious, says blogger Tried and Tasty
. Her recipe is simple: a gallon of water mixed with two thinly sliced lemons, eight ounces of blackberries and ice.
Strawberry and Mango
This infused recipe from That's What Che Said
is bursting with fresh fruit and flavor without added calories or sugars. Combine a cup of cubed mango and a half-cup of quartered strawberries with two quarts of water. Infuse for four hours and enjoy!
One cannot live on hydration alone! Enjoy infused waters like these throughout the day along with nutritious menu choices like these to power an energized and healthy lifestyle: