Infused Water Recipes
Our cells are made up of 70% water. So it is really important to keep our body hydrated, especially during hot Summer months since most of us typically spend our time doing fun, outdoor activities.
While plain, filtered water is the best way to keep ourselves hydrated, clients often tell me that they don't like the taste of water. A lot of people gravitate towards sugary, sports drinks and vitamin waters that are commercially available to satiate their thirst. Most of these vitamin waters and sports drinks often contain added sugars or questionable ingredients that may cause harm to the body.
Why not do our bodies a favor and make our own natural vitamin water instead?!
How to Make Infused Water?
Fresh berries, citrus fruits, herbs and spices make great flavors for water. You can just put the ingredients in a glass and top it up with filtered water or use an Infusion pitcher. Choose fruits and herbs you enjoy and have fun making Infused water. Get creative, your options are endless.
RECIPE FOR INFUSED WATER:
Fruits of your choice - I like using fresh berries, citrus fruits, mangoes and pineapple
Ice - optional
In a large pitcher, place the desired combination of fruits, herbs and spices.
Fill the container with filtered water and ice (optional).
Chill for an hour and sip slowly,
Below are some of my favorite combinations:
Cucumber, Lemon and Mint
Blueberry, lemon, cardamom and rosemary
Blackberry, Orange and cardamom
Raspberry, Lemon and Holy Basil (Tulsi) or Basil
Cucumber, Orange and Tulsi
Strawberry, lemon and mint
Mango, cardamom and basil
Pineapple, ginger and mint
Storage: Store in air tight jars or in a pitcher in the refrigerator. Consume it within 2 days.
I like to use a straw while sipping infused waters to prevent the acidity in the lemon from ruining the enamel in my tooth. Please use eco-friendly, reusable, stainless steel straws or glass straws instead of plastic ones.
If you are using herbs, gently muddle them with a mortar and pestle or with a spoon to release some of the natural oils present in them.
If you are using spices, add very little. Spices like cinnamon, cardamom etc can be overpowering, so a little bit goes a long way.