I don’t drink enough water per day. I try. I get distracted. I make other beverage choices. I get bored with water. I just don’t drink enough.
I know better. I know roughly 70% of the human body is comprised of water. I know water molecules are crucial to cellular function. I know water is responsible for carrying nutrients to the body and harmful substances away from the cells. I know I must improve my hydration.
Something clicked for me the other day and I started googling (word?) infused water recipes. Perhaps flavored water (without sugar or commercial additives) would boost my agua intake? Aaaand, it did! I love the stuff. I’m refreshed and better hydrated overall.
I’ve been experimenting with the seemingly countless combinations. I’m still looking for my top favorite recipe(s). Usually, I just chop up whatever fruit I have on hand and wait to taste the outcome. You can expect to see some water recipes added to my Pin Board.
I start with a 64 oz glass pitcher filled with filtered water (reverse osmosis to be exact). I add my chopped, diced, or sliced fruit in the morning. Done! Pop it in the fridge and drink it over the course of the day. Easiest trick I have regarding health.
I’ve noticed, it helps to toss in the chopped goodies a few hours before drinking, something about letting the flavors marinade. Boy, is it refreshing on a hot day and I love having gourmet water to offer drop-in neighbors or guests!
This particular batch was made with apple, strawberry and lime. The apples and strawberries act as natural sweeteners to compliment the lime. It was good, but I used a little too much lime, giving it a strong citrus-y flavor. A little goes a long way, my friends.
What a healthy alternative to most flavored drinks! I mean truly healthy. Strawberries are (like most berries) a powerhouse of nutrition. They rank towards the top of the list as being the most heart healthy foods to include in your diet.
You already know about apples… one a day keeps the doctor away. But seriously, don’t underestimate the nutritional value of an apple. Those little guys are packed with phytochemicals, antioxidants, flavonoids, and numerous other beneficial compounds. (FYI; If you add apple to your water, be sure to add a citrus fruit to keep the apple slices from turning brown.)
When I researched limes, I was pleasantly surprised by what I didn’t know! I read about health benefits that include everything from weight loss to urinary disorders. Of course, I can’t forget the hallmark Vitamin C levels they boast too.
Isn’t that heart shaped strawberry the sweetest?!! No Photoshop here people, I’m honestly not talented enough for that – lol! Since this is summer and strawberries are still in season, check out these facts I dug up;
The health benefits of strawberries parallel those of walking. They help protect against heart disease, help regulate blood sugar and decrease risk of type 2 diabetes, plus reduce the risk of certain cancers such as breast, cervical, colon and esophageal.
…A cup of strawberries contains twice as much Vitamin C as an orange… They are a good source of manganese for a healthy heart and bones, fiber to lower blood pressure and curb overeating, and contain antioxidants known as polyphenols which reduce the risk of heart disease.
I realize drinking the fruit via water doesn’t provide the fiber benefits of eating the fruits themselves. However, I now drink more water, which was my original goal. The unexpected bonus was the nutritional infusion I consume. At the end of the day, I usually snack on the apples. I suppose that addresses the fiber concern.
Last bonus I discovered, my daughter loves it just as much! Yay! I can keep her little body well hydrated during the hot months without using watered down juices or sweeteners. Total Mommy score on this one!
I hope this inspires your water creativity. If nothing else, give it a try over the weekend and see whatcha think. Certainly can’t hurt to give your dehydrated cells some nutritionally boosted hydration!