Keep cool this spring and summer by making these hydrating, homemade infused water recipes household staples.
75 percent of us are chronically dehydrated. At the same time, most of us know that we are falling short of the 64 ounces of water we are supposed to be drinking each day. But let’s face it: water can be boring! Make these anything-but-boring infused water recipes staples in your home and you and your family will be reaching your daily recommended water intake in no time.
Why drink infused water?
Why go through the trouble of making infused water, rather than just drinking juice and other beverages?
It will keep you hydrated
If you have yummy, fruit-infused water on hand, it will be easier to resist guzzling down a can of soda when you’re thirsty. By eliminated the extra sodium and sugar that comes with many other drink options, you will stay hydrated longer and be more likely to reach your recommended water intake for the day.
It’s an easy way to add nutrients to your diet
Adding fruits, herbs and vegetables to our water makes it easy to make our very own “vitamin water” at home. The practice of doctoring up our water to keep us away from the doctor dates back to 500 AD, when the Egyptians developed a lemonade for royalty. Adding vitamins to our water is just as good for us today as it was then!
You’ll easily cut out empty calories
In addition to cutting out the “empty” calories that are often in processed juices and drinks, drinking more water can actually help you eat fewer calories, too. One study showed that an increase in daily water consumption of between one and three cups correlates with a reduction of between 69 and 206 calories.
You’ll refine your palate
Food manufacturers design food and drinks to be irresistible to us. By design, sugar- and fat-heavy food and drinks make us want more. As you cut out extra sugar from your diet, you’ll find that your taste buds adjust. Soon, you may even find that infused water is more refreshing than the drinks you are replacing it with, and that eating less sugar leads to fewer sugar cravings.
How to make infused water
Making infused water is simple. All you need is pure, filtered water, and the ingredients in the recipes below to go along with it.
The flavors will shine the most if you let them sit in the water for about 2-4 hours before drinking it, but if you don’t have time, that’s okay too. You can make ½-1 gallon of water at a time, or just mix up a simple cup at once. The water will last 4-7 days, depending upon the ingredients and their freshness. Don’t forget to wash the ingredients very well before you put them into the water.
Infused water recipes
Toss plenty of mint and lime into sparkling water (or half sparkling, half still for just a little kick). Add some agave if you want to sweeten it a bit.
Delight guests with this beautiful concoction: Toss slices of blood oranges, clementines, lemons and limes into a pitcher. You’ll have a rainbow of beautiful – and delicious – water.
Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
Aqua frescas are refreshing, non-alcoholic drinks that originated in Central America.
Combine ½ cup of honey with ½ cup of water in a small saucepan and simmer just until they are combined (about 3 minutes). In a blender, process the honey syrup with 2 lb cantaloupe (cut into pieces), ¼ cup lime juice (about 2 limes), 2 T fresh mint leaves and ¼ t salt. Using a fine mesh sieve or a cheesecloth, strain the cantaloupe mixture into another bowl. Fill glasses ½ with the cantaloupe juice, and ½ with sparkling water. Garnish with mint.
Ginger, Thyme, Strawberry and Grapefruit
Ginger adds a kick to this sweet and sour pair, as well as a boost of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Thyme adds a touch of complexity. A perfect combination to lighten up a delicious summer meal, add a splash of agave for a touch of sweetness.
Strawberry Jalapeno Water
Looking for something with a kick? Mix strawberries with a few small slices of jalapenos. The spice may help clear your sinuses if you’re experiencing springtime allergies.
Fill a 64 ounce pitcher ⅔ full with still water and ⅓ with sparkling water. Clean 6 medium-sized lemons. One at a time, roll them gently under your palm to help release the juice. Then squeeze the juice from each lemon into a separate bowl, removing any seeds that fall in. Add the fresh lemon juice as well as 2-3 teaspoons of stevia to the pitcher along with a few slices of lemons for garnish.
Watermelon and mint
Combine a few slices of watermelon with a few sprigs of mint in a glass. This classic combination will leave you wanting more. Use seedless watermelon if possible, and don’t forget to wash the watermelon. Although many people think you can skip washing melon, since you don’t eat the outside, they can still have pesticides and other yucky chemicals on them that seep into the watermelon when you cut it.
Berries and grapefruit
Mix any kind of berry – blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries are great – with some grapefruit slices. The sweetness of the berries balance the tartness of the grapefruit.
Lemon and cucumber
Toss cucumber slices with orange and lemon slices for a refreshing post-workout drink. This combo packs lots of health benefits and will make you feel like you just left the spa.
Rosemary with peaches, lemon and raspberries
Muddle about ½ cup of raspberries at the bottom of a 64 ounce pitcher. Add 2 small sliced peaches, ½ sliced lemon and about 2 sprigs of rosemary.
Pina Colada Water
Want a touch of the beach in your backyard? Combine mango chunks and pineapple slices with coconut water.
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Have other refreshing infused water recipes?
Have other recipes to share? Let us know how you pump up your water in the comments below!