HEALTHY RECIPES: 5 Fruit-infused Water Blends to Hydrate You
WATER. We need it. We’re made from it (about 60%). And often, our health could be improved dramatically, and our weight could be reduced drastically just by drinking more of it. Even our hair, skin, and nails benefit from added water intake. But: we often find all sorts of reasons to avoid increasing our water consumption.
Enter: Water-fruit infusions! They’re perfect for consecration and for fasting when we’re encouraged to eliminate sugary beverages from our diet. Adding fruit can also improve the taste for those who don’t enjoy drinking plain water.
For an interesting twist, add a sprig of your favorite fresh herbs to the mix, such as basil, rosemary, or thyme. Herbs have their own benefits and can compliment or enhance fruit flavors.
Try these refreshing infused water blends, or create your own. The delicious flavor of fruit when added to water may help you to increase your water intake. It may also help you to eliminate unhealthy sodas and sugary drinks from your diet, and to provide added nutrients to your body as well.
5 Delicious Infused Water Blends
Lemon + Lime + Orange + Spring water
Blueberries + Raspberries + Splash of Lemon + Rosemary + Springwater
Lime + Mint + Ginger + Sparkling spring water
Raspberries + Strawberries + Orange slices + Springwater
Peach slices + Blood Orange slices + Basil leaves + Springwater
DIRECTIONS: To make your infusions, start with a cup and a glass. Crush your ingredients in a 4-ounce cup of water. Strain off the fruit mixture into the glass and top off with more water. Add ice if desired. OR: just let all of your ingredients steep overnight in a glass pitcher filled with water, and stir in the morning. Adjust all ingredients to your own taste.
RECOMMENDATION: For maximum hydration, fitness and health experts suggest drinking a half-gallon of water before 12 noon, or 1/2 your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces (that’s about 5-6 tall glasses).
REMINDER: To help yourself to remember to drink enough water throughout the day, drink 1 glass of water at the top of each hour, from the time you get out of bed until noon. Drink water with meals.
TIP: Check online drink menus for ingredient ideas! Substitute plain or sparkling water for sodas, fruit juices, sugary syrups, alcohol, etc. Enjoy!
DISCLAIMER – The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or for the treatment of specific medical conditions. Please consult your doctor or physician before starting any eating plan.
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