Stay Hydrated with Infused Water
Don’t you love going to a hotel that serves infused water to their guests? I do! You can recreate that same experience at home, and stay on top of your hydration at the same time.
Whether I’m at home or at the office, I keep my water bottle nearby, and sip from that all day. When we go to the beach, I like to set up a dispenser of ice-cold, infused water. As we come and go throughout the day, we can re-fill our water bottles. This idea is fun for parties and cookouts as well.
Fruits: Apple, Blueberry, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit, Honeydew, Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Strawberry, Watermelon
Vegetables: Cucumber, Carrot, Ginger Root (I’ve seen celery in spa water recipes, but I haven’t tried it. I would use sparingly.)
Herbs: Mint, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme
Spice: Cinnamon sticks
Thoroughly wash all produce and peel it if necessary. For cucumbers, I remove strips of the peel.
Adjust these amounts to the size of your dispenser. In my 1.5 gallon dispenser, I use:
Ice to fill halfway
Approximately 2-3 cups of cubed or sliced fruits, berries or vegetables
1 very generous handful of herbs
Water (of course!)
Pour ice into the dispenser until it is half full. Place the fruit or veggies on top of the ice. Add a handful of herbs that you have crushed slightly. Crushing the herbs releases the essential oils. Fill the container with water, give it a little stir, and store in the refrigerator. Your infused water is ready to drink!
Here are some combinations that we like:
Cantaloupe / Cucumber / Mint
Cucumber / Lime Basil
Cucumber / Mint
Lemon / Lime
Lime / Orange / Mint
Strawberry / Mint
What do you think? Would you give infused water a try?
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