I actually love drinking water. I love a crisp, clean glass first thing in the morning, after a workout, when I wake up in the middle of the night… well, you get the idea. But not everyone is as crazy about plain old water and, let’s face it, variety really is the spice of life. So, if you need a little variety or if you’re one of the millions that are suffering from this recent heat wave, you’re going to need some hydration options.
One of the easiest ways of adding variety to my water routine is by using my Sodastream Soda Maker. Now, I don’t use it to make any sugary sodas (although, they do sell lower calorie soda syrups or you can make them yourself), but simply to make carbonated water. The fizzy water over ice with a splash of lemon or lime juice is so refreshing! You can also mix in some fruit juice for even more variety.
I also make my own fruit and herb infused waters. You’re not going to believe how simple it is when I tell you…
- Grab your mason jar (you know how I love my mason jars) or any pitcher, for that matter.
- Fill it about 1/4 or 1/3 of the way with fresh fruit and herbs.
- Muddle a little to release the juices; you don’t need to crush your fruit unless you like a lot of pulp floating around. You also don’t need any fancy tools here, a spoon will muddle just fine.
- Pour in your clean, cool water. I recommend spring, filtered, or sparkling water.
- You can drink immediately, but I like to let the water infuse for a little while (anywhere from 2 hours to overnight, depending on the herbs used) with the fruit to get the most fruit flavor in the water.
It’s *that* easy.
- You can fill the rest of the jar with ice before adding water, if you’d like to enjoy your drink sooner rather than later. The ice also acts as a natural strainer, if you’d like to keep the fruit in the container. The ice will actually last some time while refrigerated.
- You can also strain the fruit/herbs out of the water if you plan on storing in the fridge for a few days. Honestly, mine never lasts that long, so I never bother doing that.
- If you’d like it a little sweet, add some honey or agave to keep it healthy; avoid granulated sugar.
Here are a few fruit or fruit and herb combinations to spark your creativity:
-strawberries and lemon
-raspberries and lime
-cucumber and mint
-watermelon and rosemary
-peach and lemon verbena
-honeydew, mango, pineapple, basil
-lemongrass and mint
-orange and cardamom
-blackberry and rose