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Add Wow to Your Water for Better Health!

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 1:25 pm
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Strawberry WaterThere are so many drink choices available in stores and at restaurants. Bubbly sodas, lemonade, or vitamin enhanced drinks may seem refreshing at the time, but you’ll end up throwing back several calories, tons of sugar, and a number of carbs. While water is the best drink choice any of us can make, it’s not always the most exciting.

One way to drink more water is to create your very own vitamin water. Not only is it super easy, but you’ll end up saving much more than you would if you bought the individual commercial bottles at your local grocery or convenience store. Plus, you get to craft your own flavors and get creative!

To start, you only need a few supplies:

-Mason Jars or Pitchers

Fruit and herbs

-Ice

-Muddler

You can also find infusion pitchers or infusion water bottles on Amazon.com. This offers an easy way to keep your vitamin water free from any seeds or pulp.

To start, simply fill your jar or pitcher with your favorite fruits. You can use fresh or frozen. Frozen fruits are usually picked at their ripest, so they offer maximum flavor and the opportunity to enjoy your favorite fruits year round. Herbs can also be added. Mint is a popular option, but you can try out rosemary, basil, thyme, or any of your favorite herbs. Once in your preferred container, mash the fruits and herbs with a muddler or wooden spoon to release the juice. Fill the rest with ice and water, and voila!

Your fruit infused waters will last for a few days in the refrigerator. In fact, they can often taste better once they’ve had the chance to sit for a few hours. This allows all of the juices to really get into the water.

Need a few ideas? Cucumber and lemon are delicious when infused in water. I’ve seen this at some day spas. Raspberry lime, pineapple mint, or watermelon rosemary are also delicious recipes. The Yummy Life has some delicious recipes.

Dr. Oz also has a great recipe for “Fat Flush Water,” which tastes delicious, and is loaded with ingredients that help you burn fat and stock up on your vitamin C! You just need a grapefruit, tangerine, cucumber, and peppermint leaves and you’re set! Mix all of your ingredients together and let it sit for maximum flavor. Drink an 8-oz. glass 3 times a day for 10 days straight, and you’ll start to feel great!

The truth is, you can really add any fruit or herb to your water. Use what’s on hand or anything you have extra of. Have a fruit tree in your backyard? Perfect! In addition to drinking plenty of fluids, you’ll get the boost of all of the vitamins and minerals found in your favorite fruits!

Do you have any tasty water infusion recipes you already enjoy?

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