Friday, January 3, 2014

An article I just had to share:

Kick your water up a notch with these 11 homemade, natural infusions.

By: Madeline Glasser
Staying properly hydrated is important for your overall health, but let’s face it — plain water can get pretty boring. Spruce up your water to make drinking it more appealing and also to gain nutritional benefits. Add an extra punch to your water with our infusion ideas.
Establish a Routine to Get Your Water inOne of the trickiest parts of getting enough water each day is simply remembering to drink it. Set alarms on your phone to remind you, download an app to track your intake or simply pre-fill water bottles with the desired amount and drink them by the end of the day. Find a routine that works for you.
Tip: To figure out how much water you should be drinking, use our guide.
How to Infuse WaterInfuse by adding one part ingredients, two parts water and one part ice. Leave the mixture in the fridge overnight. You can also use one part ingredients and three parts ice for a slower infusion. Some tasty ingredients you can use to infuse your water include:
  • Cucumber: Adding cucumber to your water is reminiscent of spending a day at the spa.
  • Lemon: Like cucumber, adding lemon to water adds a nice citrus punch, helps energize you and can also help with bloating.
  • Strawberries: Strawberries are a delicious and sweet addition to water. They also help protect your immune system.
  • Cantaloupe or Melon: For a refreshing glass of water, add cantaloupe or melon. The riper the fruit, the sweeter the water will taste.
Tip: Be sure to wash fruits, veggies and herbs thoroughly before using them.
Get FancyAdd fresh herbs (they must be fresh) to the fruit-infused water for a hint of complexity. This is a great option for when you have a little extra time to mix and muddle. The more you muddle, the more flavorful the water will be.
Fruit and herbs go very well together, so mix and match any of these combinations:
  • Watermelon and Rosemary: This combination is especially soothing, and the rosemary is strong so it won’t need much.
  • Pineapple and Mint: This makes for a fantastic, tangy palette cleanser.
  • Blackberry and Basil: You won’t be disappointed with this delightfully complex combination. The basil is aromatic and the blackberries add just a hint of sweetness.
  • Raspberry and Lime: The tartness and acidity of the berries and lime make for a perfect post-workout refreshment.
  • Lavender and Orange: This calming combination of citrus and lavender tastes great when served at room temperature.
A Little Something Extra
  • Add Bubbles: Add some seltzer to any of the aforementioned infusions for an added kick. Drinking carbonated water is a great way to avoid drinking soda, and bubbles add a refreshing twist without the added chemicals or calories.
  • Create Infused Ice Cubes. If you want to add just a little something extra to an already existing water infusion (or even to plain water), freeze fruit and/or herbs in an ice tray. These will add a hint of flavor without having to go through the muddling or infusing.
The best way to drink infused water is after letting it set in the refrigerator for a while. The longer the add-ins are soaked in the water, the better the flavor. Get creative with recipes and find a new flavor to enjoy each week to keep it interesting!
Have you ever tried a water infusion? What’s your favorite combination? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

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