Flavored water – a tasty, healthy alternative to ordinary water

 

Flavored water will not only quench your thirst, it’s good for your health as well

Water is your body’s life source. Drinking water keeps you hydrated, has amazing health benefits and naturally flushes toxins out of your body.  Not only that: water can give you clear healthy skin.  

One way to feel energized and reach your weight loss goals is by drinking water, water and more water. Research shows that just one extra glass per meal can help you consume over 1,000 fewer calories per week because water is a great way to curb hunger.  

But the truth is, water sure could do with a makeover!  

Luckily there are many ways to flavor water with fruit, herbs and spices, and it makes a huge difference to the taste.    As an added bonus, flavored water has the sweet taste of fruit juice without the extra calories or sugar.  And let’s not forget about flavored waters’ healthy array of natural antioxidants and vitamins, which is estimated to be about 20% of freshly squeezed fruit juice.

If you regularly host parties and events where there are children, health-conscious guests or someone refraining from drinking alcohol, a large glass container of flavored water filled with fresh fruit is an ideal drink to serve.

How do you make flavored water?

Here are 8 easy to prepare fruit and herb flavored water recipes for healthy flavored water:

Citrus Blueberry 

Slice two oranges into thin slices. Add sliced oranges and 1 cup of blueberries to a gallon-size glass jar. Fill the jar with water and stir gently. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Pineapple Mint

Peel and thinly slice 1/4 of a pineapple.  Add to a 1/2 gallon-size glass jar with 10-12 leaves of fresh mint, muddled.  Fill the jar with water and stir until well mixed. Store in refrigerator.

Watermelon Basil

Add 2 cups of finely chopped watermelon to a gallon-size glass jar.  Add 15 leaves of muddled basil and water to fill. Store in the fridge and allow at least 4 hours to infuse.

Strawberry Lemon

Add 15 fresh strawberries, washed and finely sliced to a 1/2 gallon glass jar.  Add one sliced lemon. Fill the jar with water. Let sit 4 hours (to overnight) in the fridge.  Enjoy.

Cherry Lime

Add two cups of fresh cherries, cut in half, and one fresh lime, sliced into thin slices, to a gallon-size glass jar.  Fill the jar with water.  Mix gently and store in the fridge until ready to drink.

Mango Pineapple

Peel and thinly slice one fresh mango. Add to 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and filtered water. Allow infusing in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before drinking.

Grape Orange

Place 2 cups of grapes sliced in half, into a gallon-size glass jar. Add one orange, thinly sliced with the rind on. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

Pineapple Basil

Add 1/4 of a fresh pineapple and 15 leaves of fresh muddled basil to a half-gallon jar and fill with water.  Infuse overnight and enjoy.

Orange-Fennel water

Place 1 thinly sliced orange and the coarsely chopped stalks and fronds from 1 fennel bulb in a pitcher. For still water, add 2 quarts (8 cups) of water or add 1 quart (4 cups) of sparkling water during prep and a second quart (4 cups) just before serving. Refrigerate from 2 to 4 hours to allow the ingredients to infuse. Stir well and strain, discarding the solids. Add fresh fennel, fronds and orange slices for garnish and plenty of ice before serving. The infused water will keep refrigerated for up to 2 days.

 

 

Infused flavored water ice cubes

If you have leftover fresh fruit and don’t want them to go to waste, consider making infused water ice cubes.  The flavored ice cubes can stay in the freezer for weeks or probably even months. Just pop one into a glass of water and you’ve got a quick and easy flavored drink.

 

In summary, the health benefits you will get from these refreshing flavored water drinks is enormous.  They’re a great metabolism booster and fat burner.  You’ll lose belly fat, have healthy skin, and be well on the way to reaching your weight loss goals.