No, I won't give you all the reasons why you should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. You know why it's important to keep hydrated. (I can hear my daughter's voice saying: "I've been telling you that for years!")
I know, trust me, yet I could barely manage to finish a 16-ounce bottle of water in a day, sometimes even in two days. Definitely far below the recommended measure, but I could only drink water when thirsty. Sweetened drinks are not my thing, besides, sugar is not healthy. At restaurants, I only order water with lemon unless I'm in a mood for a glass of martini like the lemon lavender martini, which is my favorite.
I'd look at friends with a water jug the size of their heads and wonder how they can drink so much. I tried to force that much liquid down my throat to no avail.
To cut to the chase, I jumped on a infused water bandwagon to give it a try. First, I only added lemon and soon some strawberries. I loved the flavor, but my strawberries would go bad in the fridge before I would use them up. So, a smart cookie that I am, I froze them. You'll say: Jas, you didn't invent the warm water. And I'll say: No, I didn't. I didn't invent infused water either, I'm merely sharing what helps me keep hydrated and if you are struggling with that 2-liter a day water intake, perhaps this can help you too.
There's no recipe per say. I freeze my fruit and put it in a reusable water bottle (for on-the-go). Fill with water. Drink. Repeat. You can get a bottle with infuser. It keeps seeds and pulp controlled to some degree. I don't use the infuser bottle because I eat my fruit after a second or third refill of water, depending on how quick I drink it.
If you're more detail oriented and like to follow a recipe, here's how I did it:
Rinse fruit and dry on paper towel. Slice large fruit so that it fits through the opening of your bottle, mason jar or whatever you're using Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Spread cut fruit in a single layer over the sheet. This prevents fruit from freezing together in a big clump. Place the sheet with fruit in a freezer for 15-30 minutes. Transfer frozen fruit into Ziploc bags.
Add ½ cup of frozen fruit to your glass or bottle. Top with ice water. Frozen fruit will keep your water cool longer. Of course, you can use any fruit you like. I'm thinking pineapples, oranges, lime, grapes and some mint or ginger next time, to switch it up. It's a wonderful detox.
Enjoy this healthy water! And remember, proper hydrating is important!
Infused Water for hydration and detox
- Rinse fruit and dry on paper towel. Cut larger fruit so that it fits through your reusable water bottle opening. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Spread cut fruit in a single layer over the sheet. This prevents fruit from freezing together in a big clump. Place the sheet with fruit in a freezer for 15-30 minutes. Transfer frozen fruit into Ziploc bags.
- Add ½ cup of frozen fruit to your glass or bottle. Top with ice water. Frozen fruit will keep your water cool longer. Of course, you can use any fruit you like. I'm thinking oranges and some ginger next time.
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