We’re officially half-way through this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking a minimum of 6-8 cups of water a day! I have to say, I’m really loving this Challenge, and I especially love sticking with just one simple goal for the entire month. What I love the most is it’s doable, if I forget, or I don’t drink enough water in the morning or afternoon, I can always catch-up later on, still meet my goal, and best of all, still get the benefits!
Today I’ve made a video showing how to make infused water. Forget bottled vitamin water, or store-bought flavoured water, make your own! Much cheaper, healthier, and probably purer. It’s really easy to make infused water, doesn’t take much time or effort at all, and what you get is a water that has a little more vitamins and nutrients (vitamin C, antioxidants, even chlorophyll if you’re using herbs or green vegetables).
In the video I show four different examples of infused / flavoured water using fresh mint, citrus fruit, strawberries, and cucumber. Each of these taste different, and will give the water a different nutritional boost.
How to make an infused water
All you need is water (either in a glass, bottle or jar, or even a large pitcher), and either some fruit, berries, fresh herbs, or fresh spices (or a mixture).
Here are just a few ideas of what you can infuse your water with:
- Coriander / Cilantro
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Vanilla Beans
- Garlic (why not?!)
To make the infused water, you would fill up a container or glass with drinking water, and add a small handful of the fruit, herbs, or spices you want to infuse the water with. Make sure to slice or roughly crush the fruit, herb, or spice, so that it can easily infuse or dissolve it’s flavour into the water. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes before drinking. The longer the fruit, spice, or herb soaks in the water, the stronger the taste will be (like tea).
A word of caution…
Enjoy the infused / flavoured water, but make sure not to be drinking it all the time, or exclusively. Too much of anything, is never a good thing! For example, if you were to be drinking tea all day, every day, eventually your teeth would get stained. With the infused water, if you were to be drinking it all day, every day, and nothing else, it might not only stain your teeth, but the fruit sugar could erode your teeth or cause sensitivity. Enjoy a few cups once in a while, maybe even once a day, but make sure to be drinking plenty of plain water as well, so your teeth aren’t always being covered by fruit sugars or naturally occurring acids. Better safe than sorry!
How are you doing on the Challenge?
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