Two topics have been on my mind lately: eating healthy, and weight loss.
Drinking water has been known to boost your metabolism naturally, and adding fruit to your water is an easy and delicious way to increase your daily water intake.
Fruit infused water can be made up of any combination of fruits, vegetables, and herbs immersed in cold water. This refreshing drink is bursting with flavor, and has virtually no calories. Infused waters can serve as a powerful tool in helping you to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
First, elect the fruits you would like to infuse your water with. Slice them up and add them to the bottom of a pitcher.
Fill with water and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving, in order to let your water soak up the flavors. Your water will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two days.
It is up to you which ingredients you would like to use. Making fruit infused water does not really require a specific recipe. You can make a small or a large batch, and you can add as much or as little fruit as you want, according to your tastes; and you can even reuse extra fruit leftovers from a meal or snack, instead of tossing them in the compost.
Everyone has their own favorite combinations. Some popular fruits to use are:
Some people like to add sliced cucumber for a refreshing twist.
The best thing about making your own fruit infused waters is that the sky’s the limit! You can try any combination of fruits and herbs to create an endless number of recipes.
Infused water can also help you to ditch your soda habit – and your waistline will thank you.
Strawberry Lemon Infused Water
Makes a superb drink when strawberries are in season, but you can even use frozen ones in a pinch.
Watermelon Mint Infused Water
Nice and refreshing!
Citrus Cucumber Infused Water
Mix and match to get the taste you desire. If you like, just the peels can be added to the water for an added punch of flavor that helps to cut down on kitchen waste.
Berry Infused Water
Again, don’t be afraid to add or subtract ingredients according to your whims. This isn’t an exact science.
For more information on picking, storing, and washing those fresh berries when you’re ready to use them, click here.
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