How’s the water drinking habit going? Getting a bit bored with slugging down glass after glass of the stuff? I know that for some of us, water drinking can get a little dull – especially if you are trying to get kick a bad soda or coffee habit or trying to get the kids drinking more. I’ve got the fix for that! Water Infusions take regular ol’ water from ‘ho-hum’ to OMG!!!
No Seriously. It took me ages to get around to adding infusions to our water. I wasted so much deliciousness!! And my kids love making up new combinations so it gets them drinking water without a fuss. I bought them each an Infusion Water Bottle for Christmas so they add their own infusions and take them along to school. And it looks really cool too!
Infused water is the key to getting your daily water fix, and with so many amazing flavors, you’ll want to try a new blend every day.
Here are 12 delicious ways to stay hydrated!
I love this. Actually, I’m gonna go as far as saying that this is my favorite water infusion. That’s saying a lot! You can drink this hot or cold and doesn’t get too overpowering if you leave the infusions in all day. NO straining, heating or any skill needed to get this right. We add this combination of lime and mint to a big jug of water in our fridge so that it’s ready to drink anytime.
2. Pineapple & Tumeric (Fabletics)
Turmeric is all the buzz at the moment. It’s been around a while but lately it’s gained a little traction in the health world because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties. And research suggests that turmeric outperforms many pharmaceuticals in fighting chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s & arthritis.
3. Strawberry, Lemon & Basil Detox Drink (Natashas Kitchen)
4. Raspberry, Rose Petal, Vanilla (She Who Eats)
I’m loving this! Just the sound of it sounds a little decadent. It’s the kind of thing Cleopatra would have bathed in:)
5. Ginger and Lime Water (Fabletics)
Ginger is one of the most powerful super foods on the planet! It’s brilliant for any digestive issues so drink a glass of this after dinner to aid digestion, prevent nausea and also relieve bloating. If you are new to the Ginger taste, try adding a little at a time as it has a strong flavor which can overwhelm the lime.
6. Lavender Lemonade (Eat Yourself Skinny)
This is the drink to serve if you are trying to impress friends or if you seriously want to add a little bit of class to an after school snack. It takes an extra bit of effort to heat the sugar, but it is so, so, so worth it. It seriously is gorgeous!
7. Very Berry Water (The Puzzled Palate)
Super cute very berry refresher. My son loves this one! He downs it just to get to the fruit at the bottom, sothe entire ‘infusing’ process is wasted on him.
8. Refreshing, Vitamin Citrus Water (The Puzzled Palate)
A super kid friendly drink – plenty of sweetness with a little tang to keep even the fussiest child happy. PAacked with Vitamin C and it tastes amazing served chilled on a hot day.
9. Detox Ginger Lemonade (The Live Fit Girls)
This is taking it to the next level with a little apple cider vinegar which is a natural source of calcium, magnesium and potassium, as well as containing bacteria (the good kind) and acids to help keep your stomach happy and healthy.
10. Apple & Cinnamon Detox Water (Lean Jump Start)
This is the most beautiful Water infusions I have ever seen!!! Almost too good to drink.
11. Peach & Vanilla Detox Water (Lean Jump Start)
You have my entire family jumping at ‘Vanilla’.
12. Coconut Water
Now, I’m not too sure how coconut water fits on this list, because Mother Nature does the infusing for you. Coconut water is low in calories and easy on the stomach & contains enzymes that aid digestion and boost fat metabolism. Plus, coconut water is rich in potassium, which helps balance out sodium.
HOW TO MAKE DELICIOUS INFUSED WATER AT HOME
You can apply the following basic steps with any combination of ingredients to make your own DIY infused water at home.
Step 1: Choose your combination of fruits, herbs & spices. Make sure you have a good ratio of fruit to water; the more fruit you use and the longer you allow it to ‘infuse’, the more flavorful your water will be.
Step 2. Muddle your fruit. Some fruits require ‘muddling’ (squishing with a spoon or fork – or use a real muddler like the pro’s) to release the flavors. Berries and fruit with a skin need to be squished to release the flavor a bit more readily.
Step 3: Add water.
Step 4. Leave it overnight (or at least 30 minutes if you have impatient kids) to allow the flavors to diffuse into the watery.
Optional: you can use a strainer to remove excess pulp before drinking.
There are endless combinations of water infusions to try. You are only limited by your imagination (And the time you get to spend on Pinterest). So to make it a little easier for you, here’s the link to my Wonderful Water Infusions Pinterest Board.
Take a look at this one – Strawberry & Jalapeno Chillies. Hmmmm. Let me know if you are brave enough to give this one ago. Maybe not one to serve the kids.