Infused water is basically water flavored with fragrant herbs, fresh fruits, veggies and spices. It is an best alternative to soda drinks, concentrated fruit juices, energy drinks or iced teas. It is all-natural, healthy and nutritious with subtle flavors. This drink is recommended for people who do not like tasteless water and prefer flavored drinks that contain lots of calories and artificial additives.
Most of them are made of sweeteners, preservatives, food colorings, high fructose corn syrup, sodium and refined form of sugar. These ingredients are not healthy and are detrimental to your health. As much as you can, stay away from commercially-prepared infused beverages in the market that claim that they contain natural fruits or vitamins.
Here are some advantages of homemade infused drink:
You can choose your own ingredients and mix them to create great-tasting beverage.
You know that you are supplying your body with essential minerals and vitamins because you understand the nutritional value of each ingredient you use.
It is less expensive. You can store a week supply of various flavors of infused water. You can drink as much as you want to hydrate yourself and your family.
It benefits your body during workout so having unlimited supply of infused water in your refrigerator is really helpful.
You can prepare combinations of ingredients that will assist you during the detoxification process.
Infused water boosts your body metabolism and break down stored fat cells so drink more to lose weight.
It helps you nourish your body whenever you need a refreshing drink. It stops you from drinking high-caloric sodas or beverages that can affect your diet plan.
You can make infused water for your guests during special events and offer them healthier and tastier drink alternatives.
It’s time to make your own healthy drink. The steps are so easy and you can do them anytime you want.
First, prepare the storage – It can be a Mason jar, an airtight container, a glass pitcher, a water jug or a bottle that fits your need.
Second, get ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs – You can combine two or more ingredients.
Cut fruits and vegetables into small slices or cubes – Peel off the skin of citrus fruits to avoid getting bitter taste.
If you are using spices or herbs for flavors, gently smash or bruise the leaf to release oils and extracts.
Add them to filtered or plain water inside the container and chill them in your refrigerator.
Experiment with your ingredients and learn to mix-match them to find new tastes.
Here are some tested combinations:
Cinnamon sticks and apple
Fresh mint and cucumber
Orange, lemon, cucumber and lime
Strawberry and blueberry
Honey dew, watermelon and cantaloupe
Frozen mint, frozen strawberries and frozen grapes
Apple, watermelon and pineapple
Cantaloupe, peach and honeydew
Peach and watermelon
Fresh mint and strawberry
Orange and strawberry
Peach, raspberry and kiwi
Blackberry/raspberry, peach and strawberry
Fresh sage and blackberry
So, your journey to a healthier life starts now. Make your own infused water and hydrate your body to maintain equilibrium.