Summer is here! Fruit and herb infused waters are a wonderful and refreshing drink option for summer. Whether it is for yourself, your family or an idea for our patients, clients and students these ideas are an instant hit. They are healthy, low cost, low calorie and refreshing!
We are led to believe that sport drinks, processed drinks and soda are thirst-quenching for summer. As we know, the body doesn’t need refined sugar, artificial sweeteners or food dyes. We all know the importance of water and it is nice to have an alternative to plain water. I recently used several variations for a rehearsal dinner at our house for 55 people. It was easy, inexpensive, delicious and refreshing. In addition, with no cans to recycle, the clean-up was a breeze.
Why Fruit Infused Water?
We know the importance and challenge of getting enough water in our day. Lack of water can lead to dehydration — a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
Most fruit juice also contains a lot of sugar. Even without added sugar, juice is a source of naturally occurring sugars and it is better to consume fruit whole so that you get the fiber, which helps slow down sugar absorption. A 12 oz can of soda has 8-11 teaspoons of sugar.
The subtle flavors of infused water to the overly sweet flavor of juices and soda is often preferred especially on a hot day. Unlike juice, the flavor is gentle and very refreshing. There’s a reason high-end resorts and spas serve infused waters like these. The recipes are simple. The amount of fruit and herbs variety to your own taste preferences. Try to use either organic fruit and vegetables or peel. For a single serving, either add the fruit and herbs right into a water glass with a lid or add more and use a pitcher.
Here are some favorite fruit, vegetable and herb infused water recipes:
- Strawberry, Lemon and Basil. I could – and have – drank this all day as I just replenish the water in my glass.
- Cucumber, Lime and Mint. I have drank this all day as well! Super refreshing on a hot, humid day.
- Watermelon, Lemon, and Basil
- Pineapple and Mint
- Honeydew, Cucumber and Mint
- Blackberries, Orange, and Ginger
- Blueberry, Lemon, and Rosemary
- Pineapple and Basil
Have you ever made fruit infused water?
What is your favorite combination?
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