Infused Water: Put a Little Umph in It
With all the detox teas, shakes, and juice cleanses, we often find ourselves asking, what about bout good ole water? We all know that drinking water regularly is good for the body and staying hydrated is good for our health. By itself, water can improve weight loss, detox the body, and maintain youthful skin, but water infused with fruits, veggies, and herbs elevate these benefits ten-fold! Here are three of our favorite infused-water recipes and the health benefits!
Watermelon, Strawberry, & Mint
It’s summertime! That means watermelon and strawberries are at their peak sweetness. Cube one cup of fresh watermelon and add it to a pitcher of water. Cut one cup of strawberries in half and add them to a pitcher of water Then, stir in between four-six mint leaves. We love watermelon because its high water contents act as a diuretic and are high in lycopene, which can act as a super antioxidant, stopping free radicals from messing with your immune system. Strawberries are also known for their antioxidants properties, and mint leaves support digestive health and add a fresh taste to any infused water!
Blueberry, Orange & Basil
Blueberries are a superfood! They are rich in antioxidants that can improve heart health, high in fiber, and low in calories. It’s safe to say to say these little guys pack a strong nutrition punch. Add half a cup of fresh blueberries, a thinly sliced orange, and five basil leaves into a pitcher of water. Oranges are high in vitamin C, and along with its unique flavor, the basil has anti-inflammatory qualities and is antibacterial properties.
Go to the spa every morning with this drink! Cucumbers and lemons help detox the body, helps you beat belly bloat and boost your energy! Thinly slice half a cucumber and one lemon. Then, add the slices to a pitcher of water.
Finesse Tip: When making infused water remember to let it sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours. If you really want to soak in the flavor, add fruits, veggies, and herbs in a jar of ice and let it melt overnight. This will allow the nutrients too seep into the drink and boost the flavor!