Increase Your Water Intake with Naturally Flavored Water
As far as healthy habits go, drinking water is one of the simplest and easiest improvements to implement. When compared with exercise and changing the way we eat, simply drinking water is a no-brainer. Still, even with such an easy change, instilling it as a habit takes time and attention and effort.
If you are using water to replace sugary or fake-sugary (diet) beverages, the change can be even more challenging because your taste buds are used to flavor and sugar.
Until you are used to being constantly hydrated, flavoring your water with natural ingredients will not only keep you from being bored with water, but will also add some antioxidants and minerals to boot.
Water Infusion Ideas
- Classic: lemon slices
- Citrus Medley: orange, lemon, and grapefruit slices
- Zinger: lime slices
- Spa: cucumber slices
- Refresher: cucumber and lemon or lime slices
- Winter Bite: cinnamon sticks
- Berry Hint: a handful of fresh or frozen berries
- Ginger Spice: peeled and sliced ginger root with a cinnamon stick
- Peppermint: crushed fresh peppermint leaves
I like to slice up whatever I am going use and add 3-4 slices to several pitchers in the evening. Then I stick them in the fridge or outside (my wintertime second fridge) so I have cool, flavored water all day long. When I empty one, I refill it and stick it back in the fridge or on the patio. You can reuse the same infusers for two or three days, just keep refilling with fresh water as needed.