Do you drink a lot of soda and would like to cut back? I used to drink a lot of drinks that were full of sugar. I would usually crave a drink or snack in the afternoon at work and often I would opt for a soda. The sugar in my system would boost my energy, but only for a little bit – and then I would crash the rest of the afternoon. Hard. To the point where I just wanted to put my head down on the desk and nap for a while.
The thing that made me realize that I needed to drink more fluid, but not the sugary kind, was a chat with one of my friends. He was telling me that he was going to have a kidney stone operation and said that he was in a lot of pain. I asked him if there was anything that you can do to prevent kidney stones and his answer was simply “Drink more water.”
I decided to give flavoured water a try instead of just water to spice things up a bit. I do not add any sweeteners other than the natural kind that you will find in fruit such as strawberries or oranges. I add a herb such as basil or mint in most of my drinks as I grow tons of it in the backyard and I love the fresh flavors in the water.
I feel a lot better now that I drink more water. I have more energy, my skin is clearer, I and I don’t have the painful headaches I used to have in the afternoon. I also feel better now that I don’t put all those artificial sweeteners in my body every day. If you want to stay hydrated and make the switch from soft drinks to homemade flavored water like I did, then check out these recipes.
Cucumber, lime & mint flavored water
1/2 cucumber, sliced
1/2 lime, sliced
Handful of mint, stem and leaves (give the mint a bash with a wooden spoon to get more flavours out)
Add the ingredients to a pitcher, fill up with water and leave in the fridge for a few hours or better, overnight.
Watermelon, lime & basil flavored water
2 cups of cubed watermelon
Handful of basil, rosemary or mint, stem and leaves (give the stem a bash with a wooden spoon to get more flavours out)
Add the ingredients to a pitcher, fill up with water and leave in fridge overnight.
Strawberry and mint flavored water
10 strawberries, sliced from top to bottom to create little “hearts”
Handful of mint
Add the ingredients to a pitcher, fill up with water and leave in the fridge for at least a couple of hours.
Quite often I will also just squirt some lime or lemon in a glass to keep it simple. When I go out I usually bring a water bottle with pure water as I don’t want to risk forgetting fruit in the bottom of the bottle. I could just imagine the water bottle rolling under a car seat and not be found for a few weeks. Tha would definitely be “flavoured” water, but probably not very tasty or that good for your health 🙂
What are your favorite combinations for naturally infused water? Please share your recipes in the comment section below.