Infusing Water with Flavor, not Calories

Flavor Infused Water

The health benefits of drinking more water are widely touted, from promoting weight loss, to preventing muscle cramps to boosting the immune system. But, for many, getting those extra glasses of water in each day can be a chore.

Instead of giving in to sugary beverages, choose the healthy and refreshing alternative of flavor-infused water you make at home.

Infusing your water with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs is easy and delicious. A good rule of thumb is to infuse the ingredients together for one to two hours at room temperature or for three to four hours in the refrigerator, to achieve full flavor and water color.

Don’t infuse for more than four hours before removing the fruits and herbs from the water. Removing the solids after a few hours will prevent the fruit and herbs from decomposing and potentially creating undesirable flavors in your water. Once removed, you can store the infused water in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Recipes

The ideas below can help you increase your water intake, while cutting calories and sugar naturally. Use tap, bottled or sparkling water.

Lime and Raspberry

16 ounces of water
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 handful raspberries

Strawberry and Basil

16 ounces of water
5 to 6 large strawberries, sliced
1 handful fresh basil

Pineapple and Mint

16 ounces of water
1 cup pineapple slices
1 handful fresh mint

Cucumber, Lemon and Cilantro

16 ounces of water
½ cucumber, sliced
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 handful fresh cilantro

Be creative and try your favorite fresh ingredients in other combinations. Oranges, grapefruit, blueberries, kiwi and watermelon are other great alternatives. See what tastes best to you—and drink up!

Questions

Have you discovered a delicious and healthy way to flavor your drinking water? Please share your ideas with us below.

If you need to keep your cholesterol intake down, limit yourself to no more than three egg yolks per week.