Try some infused water!
Spring has sprung, and it's heating up out there. What better reason to start drinking more water! Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body! If regular ole' water is too boring for you, try infusing your water with some delicious fruit and herbs. Most infused waters at supermarkets include preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colorings, sodium, sucrose, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar. Wow! Why put all of that into your body when you can so easily make your own vitamin water? Here are some reasons to try infusing your water:
- Get more nutrients into your diet
- Help ward off diseases
- Slow the aging process
- Boost your metabolism
- Maintain healthy body weight
- Increase energy levels
- Enjoy better digestion
- Get rid of toxins
- Satisfy your sweet tooth
After preparing a jug or pitcher of water infused with fruit in the morning, you can sip it all day to promote healthy weight loss. Pretty simple, huh? There are so many different ways to make fruit infused water, it’s impossible to get bored.
And it's so easy! In a large pitcher, add the fruit you'd like to try. Top with ice and water. Let the pitcher sit in the fridge for 1 hour before serving. Pour into a large glass, put up your feet and relax.
When the water is down to 1/4 full in the pitcher, refill with water and place back in the fridge. You can do this several times. Store in the fridge up to 24 hours.You can even buy a special fruit infusion pitcher if you want to get fancy! I carry an infusion water bottle, so that I can change what I drink every day if I don't have time or don't want to make an entire pitcher.
So, how does the infusion work?
Just like the fruits you put into them, infused waters are meant to be consumed fresh! Nutrients from the fruit leak out directly into the water. Some nutritionist estimate that you get as much as 20% of the vitamin content of freshly squeezed fruit juice, without the extra calories or fructose. Also, fruits are naturally rich in antioxidants, so you'l be consuming a variety of those in your water. You are basically making home made vitamin water! (visit infusedwaters.com for more information).
Infused water has far less calories because the fruit remains intact and you do not actually eat it. Also, less fruit is required to make an infused water than to make a glass of fresh juice or a smoothie.
Try these recipes for starters! Let me know how you feel.
Grapes + Oranges + Cilantro
Apples + Cinnamon stick
Cucumber + Lemon + Mint Leaves
Strawberries + Cucumber + Apple
Pineapple + Blueberries
Blueberries + Oranges
Apple + Cucumber + Ginger
Blackberries + Pear
Let me know what infused water you've tried and how you felt.
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