Ladies, why are we only drinking infused water at garden parties or that one time in the year when we hit the spa with our best girlfriend? It’s delicious. It’s healthy. It’s pretty. Let’s be bringing that tasty treat everywhere with us! Did you know that infused water will help you lose weight? Did you know it will give you a boost of energy in the afternoon? Did you know it’s the perfect post-workout drink? Did you know it improves your mood and flushes toxins???
Am I sounding shrill? I’m very excited about it.
Kasia Organic Salon says “Infusing your water with fresh fruits and herbs may support your liver and aid your body in the normal detoxification process. From headache and indigestion relief, to improved hydration and immune function, you’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel by simply adding a few slices of your favorite fruit to water! Plus-the fresh flavor of the added fruit makes drinking water more fun!”
Momadvice.com (love her) suggests fruit infused water as a great alternative to juice boxes for your kids lunches: “Have you ever infused water before? It truly could not be easier and you can mix up any flavors that you love and personalize these to your own personal taste. […] We purchased mint, basil, berries, limes, oranges, and lemons to create different flavor combinations for fun fruit waters.”
Here are our TOP 3 favorite recipes. Try them in a mason jar with a straw (hurry – that fashion is on it’s way out) or in the Ricardo Tea & Water Infuser (hint: awesome teacher’s gift and amazing way to carry your infused water in the car and to work).
Lemon, Mint & Orange
This mix of lemon, mint and orange also goes by the name of “Naturally Belly Slimming Detox Water” but I just call it “Yummy.” The lemon helps boost the digestive tract and metabolism. The mint, also great for digestion, is soothing and fresh. The orange gives you he sweetness that will make this infusion more tempting than soda or juice. Credit Budget Savvy Diva
Watermelon, Lime & Mint
Mint is a popular ingredient in infused water because of the freshness it lends to the flavor and, according to Everyday Roots: “it can help you digest more effectively, improving the flow of bile from the liver, to the gallbladder, to the small intestine, where it breaks down dietary fats. Mint also helps relax cramped up stomach muscles.” The watermelon, she explains, “helps the body flush out toxins because it contains the organic compound citrulline, which is an amino acid that has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia. Ammonia comes in external forms, but is also a by-product of the proteins our bodies are burning up constantly for energy, and it’s quite damaging to our cells.
Grapefruit & Rosemary
This is one of the most unique infused waters we’ve ever tasted! Grapefruit and rosemary combine for a flavor-packed water that helps your liver and gives you a boost of vitamin C. Try just one sprig of rosemary to start. From infusedwaters.com.
- Infused water can last up to 2 hours – and definitely go ahead and eat the fruit after!
- Cut away the rind of your citrus fruit to avoid a bitter taste (and pesticides).
- You could also try cucumber or apples & cinnamon sticks.