4 Infused Water Recipes for the Summer
We’ve all heard the daily intake of water recommendations before..but sometimes it’s just hard to guzzle down that much H2O! Plain ‘ole water can just get so BORING causing me to reach for other beverages instead. When I was teaching, I would make a pot of herbal tea, leave it overnight in my fridge and sip on it all day long at work. My students loved trying to figure out what “fancy” water I had with me each day. (For some reason, I totally blew their minds on the days I had sparkling water..) However, with the scorching temps of late (remember, I’m in Texas), and the increasing demands for park-time by my little dictator …hello two-nager… I’m finding that I need to drink way more than usual and I don’t always remember to prepare the night before.
Honestly, the whole iced tea thing was getting a bit old anyways. At some point while I was cutting up fruit for little man, I decided to throw some into my water. YES. I know infusing water isn’t a new thing, but because I had never tried it, I was amazed at how easy it was to get awesome flavor and make a super refreshing and healthy drink! Besides receiving the obvious benefits of just drinking (you’re also getting water from certain foods you eat) the recommended amout of H2O, I also looked into how certain fruits, veggies, and herbs added to my nutritional consumption with infused water.
Infusing water is so easy and, truly, there is no way to fail at this. (YEA!) While I love experimenting with new flavor combinations that happen to be in the fridge or pantry on any given day, I also frequently make mixtures that I already know from experience pair well or I often google “what pairs well with – insert herb -” and try it out. Add as much or as little of each ingredient as you want depending on how potent you want a certain flavor and Ta-Da! So grab a mason jar (because really, what screams summer more than drinking out of a mason jar?), muddle each of the ingredients at the bottom, add water (either flat or sparkling or both!), throw in a cute little straw, and enjoy!
Below I’m sharing some of my favorite combos as of late!
Blueberry & Mint
Benefits: Blueberries are great little antioxidants! They also contain minerals that can help with blood sugar and the production of red blood cells. Besides it’s use as a breath freshener, mint is known to alleviate a number of issues, including nausea and headaches, which is great for morning sickness! Just the smell alone can ease stomach issues. It also aids in digestion by helping to stimulate saliva, which will break down enzymes in the food you eat, making this drink perfect for after a meal.
Add jalapeño for a great little kick!
Strawberry, Lemon & Basil
Benefits: This guy is chock full of goodness! Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C which aids everything from eye health to promoting collagen (keep those wrinkles away!) to boosting immunity. Combine that with lemon acting as a natural digestive aid (I like to drink this first thing in the morning) and basil working as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial and you’ve got yourself a drink even the doctor would order!
Lavender & Vanilla
(Bean shavings or extract)
Benefits: Oh, lavender. How I love thee. I keep lavender around our house becuase it has such a calming aroma, but I didn’t think to add it to water until the farmer I buy it from mentioned she uses it. Makes perfect sense to me that if it aromatically calms me down, it should do the same, perhaps more so, when I ingest it. Similarly, vanilla is also calming and soothing aromatically and when ingested can ease stomach and digestive pains. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and has anti-oxidant properties. *I prefer Madagascar Vanilla when I want a sweet mix or Mexican Vanilla for a nuttier taste.
Add blueberries for increased antioxidants!
Orange & Vanilla
Benefits: Vitamin C. Need I say more? But seriousy, we know how incredibly beneficial oranges are due to the high content of Vitamin C so why not add it to your water? If you’re drinking the same day you’ve prepared the infusion, you can even snack on the oranges when you’re done provided they’re still flavorful. What I love about this mix is that it tastes somewhat like an orange creamsicle yet without the calories. Win!
What do you like to add to your water to jazz it up? Hope you enjoy these refreshing drinks as much as I do!