By TMoM Team Member Suzy Fielders
You’ve probably heard many times from your doctor, parents, trainers, and many others that it is important to stay hydrated. That means you need to drink a lot of water! Let’s face the reality though – that can get boring! If you are looking to stay hydrated by drinking water but want something that has a little more taste, then infused water is for you!
Benefits of Infused Water
One of the biggest benefits of infused water is it pulls all the vitamins and minerals from the fruits, vegetables, and herbs utilized. Therefore, not only do you stay hydrated with it but your body takes advantage of these nutrients. Unlike many flavored waters, it does not have calories, additives, or sugars.
Some health benefits of infused water include:
- Appetite control
- Immune defense
- Heartburn prevention
- Blood sugar regulation
- Weight management
How Do You Make Infused Water?
If you are looking for the simplest way to infuse your water, then put the items directly into your glass, jar, or pitcher of water. But, if you are like me and not a fan of a bunch of seeds, pulp, or other things in your water, then you can utilize a water infusion pitcher.
With an infusion pitcher you simply put the items in a tube that goes in the middle, then it releases all the minerals and vitamins from those fruits, vegetables, and herbs into your water. The pitcher I have, that is in these photographs on this blog, is from Amazon. You can find it here.
There are also water bottles, like this one, if you are looking for something you can take on the go. For those that want to put their items directly into the water, then these bottles are a great option.
Infused Water Recipes
While technically you can create infused water with about any fruit, vegetable, and herb, there are certain combinations that taste best! Below are a few of my favorite infused water recipes.
- Raspberries and blueberries
- Lemon, lime, and cucumber
- Orange and kiwi
- Blueberries and lemon
- Mint, raspberry, and lemon
Below are some ones I’m looking forward to trying soon.
- Strawberry, lemon, and mint
- Pineapple and strawberry
- Cucumber, lemon, and celery
- Apple, cinnamon stick, and red pear
- Lemon, mint, ginger, and cucumber
- Orange, apple, cinnamon stick, and clove
- Cucumber, thyme, and lime
- Lime and strawberry
- Cranberry and orange
- Red or pink grapefruit and rosemary
One thing to be mindful of when creating different combinations is considering how flavorful an item is. For instance, lemon, cucumber, and mint tend to have very full and overpowering flavors.