In the past, Iâ€™ve done a terrible job of staying hydrated. There were days when Iâ€™d been so preoccupied with work or other activities that I went the whole day without anything to drink! Â Oh, I may have had my morning hot chocolate or coffeeâ€¦ but then nothing for the rest of the day. (And I wondered why I awoke some mornings with a huge headache!) When I did reach for liquids, I usually went for hot teas, fruit-flavored or sweetened iced teas, juices or electrolyte drinks. Then I looked at the sugar content of these drinks and was mortified! I certainly do not need the extra calories on just drinks.
So, I added â€œdrinking more waterâ€ as one of my New Year resolutions and have taken small steps to make achieve my goal. I brought in to work a 32-oz BPA-free water bottle and I fill it up first thing in the morning. Never out of sight or out of mind, itâ€™s a constant reminder of my goal. I consider it a great day if I finish two full bottles of water.
Iâ€™m doing much better with my water intake (yay!), but it can get a bit boring. Itâ€™s not that I donâ€™t like the taste of water, but I want a little something to break the monotony. Going back to my sugary drinks is not an option, so I gave in to what my mom has been doing for years — putting cucumber or lemon in her water. Iâ€™ve had it before, and it always reminds me of being in a spa. Itâ€™s nice, cool and refreshing! I noticed that by adding them to my water, I tended to drink more of it. So, I decided to find recipes for naturally flavored waters or â€œspa waters.â€ My favorites are Lemon Strawberry Mint, Lemon Cucumber or just plain Lemon — since they are so readily accessible. With a little help from Pinterest, I found a few other great options:
Fruit + Herb Waters
Strawberry Kiwi, Berry Blast and Cucumber Crush (Bonus! Check out out the health benefits)
Donâ€™t expect these to be intense in flavor like flavored, enhanced, or vitamin water. These recipes are still just water with infused, subtle flavors. I find them quite refreshing and great thirst quenchers (and some have the added bonus of being able to detoxify our bodies)! Â For now I use a regular BPA-free water bottle with a decent sized spout. My fruits stay relatively well in the bottle, but once in a while I get a mint leaf here and there. Some of my friends recommend a tritan infusion bottle or a glass infusion bottle when youâ€™re on the go, and maybe an infusion pitcher when youâ€™re at home. I also found this sustainable infusion bottle interesting.
The possibilities with fruits and herbs in water are endless! Spring is finally here. Itâ€™s the perfect time to experiment and try some of these refreshing waters. What is your favorite? Â Do you have your own special recipe? Share them with us!