Bye Bye Lemonade Stand and Hello Infused H2O

Summer is here and so are all the fun things that come along with it. As the sun perks up and the weather heats up, we begin to feel the pulse of energy that was dormant all winter long. With this new found energy comes new motivation like wanting to exercise more and wanting to be outside.

But, like with any new activity we have to prep our bodies and make sure they remain the well oiled machines they are. One of our major sources of fuel next to food, of course, is water. Water makes up about 60 percent of our body weight and powers major organs, systems and processes within our body. This means that we need water and we need enough of it to keep our engines moving.

As the weather warms up and we become more active, we tend to lose more moisture. With that said, the 8-8 rule does not necessarily apply. According to the Mayo Clinic the rule should be more along the lines of drinking “at least” 8-8 oz of water a day. Experts say that the amount of water a person should intake is individual and depends on various factors not just a “rule of thumb” number.

So how do we keep more fluid in? Well, by drinking enough water, of course.

Now if you are like me, drinking water is a chore. It’s tasteless and sometimes it doesn’t go down as easily especially when I’m not thirsty. However, there’s good news! There is a much better way of drinking water, and you’ll want to continue drinking to your heart’s content.

To help add taste to the tasteless, we have compiled a small shopping list of fruits, veggjes, and herbs that when combined with water make wonderful infused water drinks. Water will go down much quicker and you may even find yourself craving it.

Combine fresh fruits like strawberries and flavorful herbs like rosemary with chilled water, ice and mix in a pitcher. Let it sit and whalla!: you have strawberry, basil flavored H20. One of my favorites is just plain old watermelon. This fruit is very much in season during the summer months. Simply, cut up cubes of fresh watermelon place into a glass pitcher, mix in ice (lots of it) and fill with cold water. It’s so good and tastes like summer in a glass.

Below you’ll find 11 infused water combinations to keep you hydrated for the next month (at least).  Be bold and mix and match your own flavors together. Remember lemons, limes  and other acidic fruits add a tart flavor and can be softened by adding sweeter fruits like watermelon and strawberries. Drink up and Enjoy!

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Lemon
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Kumquat
  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber

Herbs

  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Rosemary

Combinations & Recipes (Cube, slice or dice fruits, vegetables and herbs. Mix into a pitcher of ice and chilled water. Let your infused water sit for 30mins-1hour, chill and serve.)

Rosemary, Lemon, Cucumber, Basil and Rosemary

Strawberry and Basil

Watermelon

Cucumber, Watermelon

Watermelon Basil

Lime, Mint and Cucumber

Orange and Cucumber

Kumquat

Raspberry and Mint

Lemon and Cucumber

What is your favorite infused water recipe?

Cheers,

Martinka Crystal Team