Perfect for any time of year, these thirst quenching fruit and herb infused spa water recipes make water tastes so refreshing and delicious.
We've all heard we should be drinking more water and some people say it should be at least 8 glasses a day. Water is the best drink for staying hydrated and quenching your thirst. While staying hydrated is so important, we know water can be boring - Adding fresh fruits and herbs makes the water taste delicious without all the added sugar.
Of course, depending on the fruit you use, you can enjoy an energy boost and the nutritional benefits of the added minerals and vitamins. But mostly it just tastes great!
Infused Water Health Benefits
So what makes water good for you? You can search the web for benefits, such as flushing out toxins, but the main reason is that it keeps you feeling hydrated, purified and replenished.
If you find yourself drinking too much soda or sparkling water, or not drinking enough water throughout the day, this is a great alternative. Drinking infused water can also be great to increase your water consumption, and help save you money. Plus, they’re so easy to make with what you already have in the fridge.
How to Make Infused Water:
See below for 3 easy steps to making our 5 favorite recipes. The mix of fruit and herbs create a flavor explosion that's more than just adding fruit alone.
3 Simple Steps:
- Pour your ice cold water into a glass mason jar or large glass container and leave a bit of room at the top. Avoid using plastic.
- Cut your fruit into thin slices and break up your herbs. Place a mixture of herbs and fruits in the water. Add extra water if you need.
- Let your infused water creations steep for about an hour. This allows the flavors to infuse in the water. Add ice cubes and enjoy!
- Strawberry, Cucumber and Fresh Mint Leaves: To get the most flavor from fresh mint, break up and bruise the leaves as you add them to the water.
- Citrus Burst with Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit and Orange: Citrus waters are know for their hydration promotion properties. Did you also know they support a healthy metabolism, aids in digestion, freshens your breath and are a good source of vitamin C.
- Strawberry Slices, Fresh Ginger, and Lemon Slices: To really let the ginger infuse, you can also muddle or hut it with the back of your knife to coax out more juices and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Berry Tea, Lemon Slices, Frozen Mango and Strawberry Slices: This is a great alternative to coffee - some people can experience an energy boost with tea.
- Rosemary, Lemon, Lime, and Orange: This is one of my favorite combinations, plus rosemary is rich in antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory compounds.
*I like to leave the fruits and herbs in, but you can strain if you’d like.
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Looking to experiment with different fruit and herb infusions? Try these combination:
- Slice up some watermelon and add mint leaves and basil.
- Combine cantaloupe and cucumber for a refreshing drink.
- Cut up pineapple and add mint for a powerful combination.
- Use whole blueberries and a stone fruit like cut up peaches.
- Slice up grapefruit and lemon for an energy boost
Shelf Life of Detox Water
Water lasts forever, but to maximize the shelf-life of your infused water you can remove the fruit and herbs after few hours and store it in the refrigerator for 3-5 days depending on the ingredients you use. If you’re looking to pair it with a quick go-to snack, try our crave-able cashew jalapeno ranch dip with crackers or a plate of vegetables.
Do lemon and orange slices in the water go bad overnight if left out of the fridge?
For any infused water containing lemons or limes, it is recommended to store them in the fridge and consume the next day. Lemon juice left out at room temperature can promote bacteria growth. In addition, if you cut bananas, grapefruit, lemons, limes, mangoes, oranges, papaya, pineapple, pomegranates, watermelon, and apples they should also immediately be stored in the fridge.
Is lemon-infused water the same as lemonade?Beware of lemonade. It usually has a lot of sugar in it to balance the acidity, whereas lemon-infused water is something you can make at home to reduce your sugar consumption.
How healthy is cucumber water?
Cucumbers are one of my favorite vegetables to add to water as it can make for a very hydrating drink. Adding cucumbers with a mix of herbs like rosemary can add a punch of flavor to boring water. It's a simple way to make a quick infused water drink and helps use up the herbs in your fridge.
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What infused water recipes have you tried? Let us know in the comments below.
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