Delicious Fruit-Infused Water Recipes


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The rule of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day no longer applies. Your daily water intake is actually determined by your weight and getting the right amount will assist in weight loss and your overall health. To calculate how many ounces of water you should be drinking, take your weight and multiply that by 2/3 (or 67%). For example, a person weighing 140 pounds should be drinking 94 ounces of water. That’s almost twelve 8-ounce glasses of water!

Sometimes people just don’t like drinking water because it’s plain so they resort to energy drinks and fruit juices for a bit of flavor. Those drinks are typically high in calories and are loaded with sugar or bad ingredients like high fructose corn syrup. Plus, you don’t always understand the ingredients or know where they came from. The better health alternative to these sugary drinks is infused water.

Drinking water that’s infused with delicious flavors and added benefits for your health will help you get the amount you need daily. Infused water uses only natural ingredients that are packed with many health benefits depending on the fruit, veggies and herbs you’re using.

Here are a few health benefits when drinking infused water:

  • Weight loss
  • Burns fat by increasing metabolic rate
  • Eases stress through the aromatic properties
  • Detoxifies the body by washing away toxins and pollutants
  • Curbs cravings and helps keep you fuller longer
  • Soothes headaches and migraines brought on by dehydration
  • Eases PMS symptoms and cramps
  • Improves our overall mood

Infused water tastes best when it’s left to sit for at least one hour before drinking to let the flavors release. If you can’t wait, muddle the fruit with a spoon or poke holes in it with a fork to release the flavors. Muddling leaves such as mint and basil or rubbing them with your fingers before adding them to the water also helps release its natural oils and extracts.

The directions for all these recipes are pretty similar to one another. Just combine all the ingredients together in a pitcher or jar and serve ice cold. The longer you let the infused water to sit, the more intense the flavor will be. I recommend refrigerating it overnight to get the best results. The ingredients are also just a guideline of the unlimited possibilities when infusing water. Add more or less, depending on your taste, and feel free to mix and match any fruit, veggie, spice and herb combination to create your own unique recipe!

Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil

Natasha's  Kitchen

Lemon and basil give water that refreshing taste and strawberries add just the right amount of sweetness.

Ingredients:

4-6 strawberries, hulled and quartered

1/2 lemon, sliced

Small handful of basil, scrunched

Water and ice

Orange and Blueberry

The Peach Kitchen

This water doesn’t just taste refreshing, but it’s good for you too! Blueberries are packed with vitamins C, E, riboflavin, niacin, and folate while the mandarins provide you with an instant boost of vitamin C as well.

Ingredients:

2 mandarin oranges, cut into wedges

Handful of blueberries

Water and ice

Watermelon and Mint

Eat-Drink-Love

The taste of watermelon is refreshing at any time of year and mint promotes digestion and boosts energy and alertness.

Ingredients:

1-2 cups of watermelon, cubed or wedged

Handful of mint leaves

Water and ice

Citrus and Cucumber

No Gojis No Glory

Citrus, mint and cucumber combined together is like an instant pick-me-up!

Ingredients:

2 large oranges, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

1/2 large cucumber, sliced

1 handful of fresh mint

Water and ice

Tip: This tastes great when infused overnight; if doing so, consider removing the rinds from the lemon and oranges to cut down on the bitterness.

 

Strawberry, Lime, Mint and Cucumber

Back To Her Roots

Sounds like a refreshing strawberry limeade to me!

Ingredients:

1 cup sliced strawberries

1 cup sliced cucumbers

2 limes, sliced

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Water and ice

 

Blackberry and Sage

Evermine Blog

The flavor of the sage is really apparent in the water, making it very refreshing, while the blackberries add that touch of sweet flavor and tinting the water purple!

Ingredients:

1 cup blackberries

1/4 cup fresh sage leaves

Water and ice

Strawberry and Basil

Evermine Blog

The sweetness of the strawberries pair well with the aromatic basil leaves, giving you a refreshing drink of subtle flavors.

Ingredients:

1 cup strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Water and ice

Cucumber and Mint

This one’s a classic and the refreshing qualities of the cucumber and mint instantly cool you on a hot day.

Ingredients:

1 cup cucumber, sliced

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Water and ice

Cucumber, Lemon, Lime and Basil

Krystal's Kitsch

This drink will either remind you of sitting pool side on a summer day or lounging in a plush robe at the spa.

Ingredients:

1 medium cucumber, sliced

1 medium lemon, sliced

1 medium lime, sliced

1/2 cup fresh basil

Water and ice

 

Cucumber, Melon and Mint

Cucumber and melon have always been a classic pairing that complement each other really well. The mint is just a bonus for that added freshness.

Ingredients:

1 cup cucumber, sliced

2 slices cantaloupe, cut up

1 handful fresh mint

Water and ice

Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Peppermint and Ginger

Peanut Butter and Peppers

This is a great detox water that helps with your digestive system. The citrus helps clean out your kidneys, the ginger aids in your digestive circulation, the peppermint is a natural appetite suppressant to help keep you fuller longer and the cucumber helps with bloating and is great for your skin.

Ingredients:

1/2 lemon, sliced

1/2 lime, sliced

1/2 grapefruit, sliced

1 cup cucumber, sliced

1 tsp ginger, sliced (add more if you like)

Small handful peppermint leaves

Water and ice

Apple and Cinnamon

Stylecraze

Studied show that apple and cinnamon both rev up your metabolism, aiding in increased fat burn! Drink one glass before your meals to boost your metabolism.

Ingredients:

1 thinly sliced apple

1 cinnamon stick

Water and ice

Tip: Let the cinnamon stick setting in the water for a few minutes to release the flavors. Don’t use ground cinnamon because it will float.

 

 

 

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