It’s important to stay hydrated in the hot summer months, so here are 10 great flavored water recipe ideas to add some zing to your water. You’ll enjoy quenching flavors, save tons of calories, and even some cash!
1. Add a shot of cranberry juice to club soda. Club soda is calorie-free and cranberry juice can help boost your immune system. It’s even great with a few chunks of fruit, you can use apples, strawberries, oranges or whatever else is on hand.
2. Dropping a lemon wedge in water is a common way to add flavor, but try another kind of citrus: grapefruit, lime, orange or Mandarin oranges. You can also get creative and mix them together. We love blood orange and grapefruit.
3. Crush up a few mint leaves. It’s nice to let a pitcher of this ice water sit in the fridge to really make the flavor come out.
4. Add a few freshly cut cucumbers to mineral water. The taste is clean and refreshing.
5. Slivers of fresh ginger in a glass of water will make a drink that’s not only reinvigorating, but is also a natural cure for an upset stomach. For a stronger flavor, boil grated ginger and then chill.
6. For a tangy way to cool down, try a few sprigs of lemongrass.
7. If you’ve been curious about trying out the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, but the idea of drinking it straight turns your stomach, try adding a teaspoon to water. It’s another source of vitamin C.
8. Try your hand at flavored ice cubes. Virtually any juice can be frozen in an ice cube tray, just try to pick a juice that doesn’t have too much added sugar. You can also freeze cubes or balls of melon like honeydew and use them just like ice cubes.
9. Most berries have high water content, so their flavors absorb easily into to a pitcher of still or soda water. Blueberries and raspberries work particularly well. Or mix up a big glass of Jillian Michael‘s Cranberry Diet Drink, to stay hydrated.
10. If you’ve been sweating and working out, this great electrolyte recipe will replenish lost salts. All you need is water, baking soda, agave nectar, and sea salt.
July 13th, 2010