What Can You Throw to Your H2O? Infused Water Ideas to Keep You Hydrated

Infused water has the benefit of being full of flavor, it also has no calories, making it a very powerful tool in your efforts to lose weight and gain better health.

By drinking infused water, you’re taking pure drinking water and infusing it with natural ingredients that also contain water. It’s a win-win situation for you, your body, and your mind.

So, what ingredients can you throw to your water then?

Fruits and Vegetables
Apples • beets • bell peppers • blackberries • blueberries • cantaloupe • carrots • celery • cherries • cucumbers • fennel • grapefruit • grapes • honeydew • jalapenos • kiwi • lemons • limes • mangos • nectarines • oranges • peaches • pears • pineapples • plums • raspberries • strawberries • tangerines • watermelon

Herbs, Spices, and Floral
Basil • cardamom • cilantro • cinnamon • cloves • ginger root • lavender • lemon verbena • lemongrass • mint • rosemary • thyme • parsley • rose petals • star anise • vanilla bean

Directions to make infused water:
1.      Slice fruits or vegetables of your choice into bite-sized pieces.
2.      In a 1 liter jar, place sliced fruits at the bottom of the jar. Cover to the rim with ice.
Pour water until full (approximately 1 cup) and seal with a lid. Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes so flavors can seep into the water.
3.      You may keep it in the fridge up to two days.

Here are some ideas to create your own -- not only refreshing but also healthy -- infused water:

Cucumber, raspberry, grape
Cucumber is hydrating and flushes out toxins, raspberries have anti-inflammatory properties, and grapes contain cancer-fighting and cleansing compounds.

Rhubarb, apple, cinnamon
Rhubarb contains vitamin K to help with blood clotting, apples have a slew of benefits including maintaining bone and tissue health, and cinnamon is one of the most efficient boosters of metabolism.

Orange, lemon, ginger
Oranges aid with healthy blood circulation, lemons help aid digestion (and freshen breath), and ginger is a notorious immune system booster.

Pineapple and mint
Pineapple is an anti-inflammatory that helps relieve joint pain and arthritis, and mint supports the digestive system by activating salivary glands and digestive enzymes.

Strawberry and lime
Strawberries are jam-packed with anti-oxidants, and limes are an excellent anti-aging weapon due to its restorative properties for hair, skin, and nails.

Keep it simple. Think of flavor combos you like and build from there. Here are some other ideas for your infused water:
  • Cucumber + lime + strawberry + mint
  • Lemon + raspberry + rosemary
  • Orange + blueberry + basil
  • Lime + ginger root + basil
  • Watermelon + honeydew + mint
  • Cucumber + mint + jalapeno
  • Lemon + thyme
  • Orange + hibiscus + star anise
  • Orange + cinnamon + cardamom + cloves
  • Pear + fennel
photo: fitnessmusthaves.com

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