Making Water Delicious
In a perfect world, we should drink 8 glasses of water a day. Our bodies benefit and run much more efficiently with this amount of hydration, but sometimes plain water gets a bit boring. One trick I try to stick with is to drink water with all my meals and limiting the other options for in between meals as a sort of treat. Also, drink water when you go out to a restaurant; it is healthier and a whole lot cheaper.
Here are some creative ideas to try:
1. Flavored Sparkling Water
Rather than buying flavored water it is a much better option to simply make it and grab for it rather than a soda. Most of us crave carbonated sodas; this is a way to satisfy that craving in a much healthy way. Take a glass of sparkling/soda water and add ice. Splash a bit of your favorite 100% fruit juice in the glass and mix. For a 8 oz. glass of water use about 2-3 T. fruit juice. This uses very little of the naturally sweetened juice, but still packs a refreshing punch. If you feel a need to have multiple glasses of this in a day you may want to adjust the amount of fruit juice down to just a splash.
Adding orange Juice to sparkling water is a great option for later in the day. Same method, fill a glass with ice, sparkling/soda water and a splash of 100% orange juice (not more than 1-2 T. per 8oz. glass). This taste as good if not better than a San Pellegrino Aranciata orange soda without the processed sugar: very refreshing.
If you are using fruit juices it is always better for you to squeeze fresh fruit yourself, but sometimes that is just not feasible.
2. Fruit Infused Water
If you plan ahead this is a delicious and easy way to stay hydrated throughout the day without getting bored with what your drinking. All that is required is to fill a pitcher with different combos of fresh fruit: your choice most any fruit will work except maybe bananas. I found this recipe and picture on Pinterest to give you the idea. Recipe – Cut large slices or thin wedges of four of the following fruits: apple, lemon, orange, pear, peach, or kiwi. Add 4 large strawberries sliced, a handful of raspberry and 10 mint leaves. Place them in a large glass pitcher and add half a gallon water and refrigerate at least two hours.
Fruits to try: Apples, Blueberries, Blackberries, Cucumbers, Kiwis, Lemons, Limes, Peaches, Pears, Raspberries or Watermelon
Fresh Spices to add: Mint, Basil or Rosemary
3. Green Tea
I could go on and on about how great drinking green tea if for you, but the most important benefit is that drinking green tea makes your digestive system function very efficiently. Twinnings makes a delicious green tea with mint that is a cold brew tea, so you can easily and quickly enjoy it anytime. I do sweeten it with a little Demenara sugar, but it is also great as is.
4. Orange Juice
I am not a coffee drinker so in the morning I can’t get going until I have a glass of orange juice. Since orange juice is packed with natural sugars, I have to adjust. What I do is fill a glass with ice cubes (don’t judge) add 2/3 c. filtered water and 2/3 c. Simply Orange juice. If you use another brand just make sure it is 100% orange juice not from concentrate and not any other ingredients. This combo will hydrate you plus give you a hefty dose of Vitamin C and Potassium.