No matter how good it is for you, drinking water all the time can be boring. This is why many people tend to drink fruit juices or soda. But because those two are full of sugar that can be bad for you, it’s important to avoid them as much as you can. So what’s another option you can take? Infused Water.
Perfect for the warm season, this healthy drink trend has become a staple for many households. Especially with the ones that are mixed with citrus fruits and refreshing herbs, it can create a cooling effect in the body.
What Is It?
Simply put, Infused Water is what its name says it to be. It can also be called a number of names such as Fruit Infused Water, Flavored Water, Aguas Frescas, or even Spa Water. Basically, its name reveals pretty much what it really is: a refreshing drink made mostly of water.
Some people confuse it with juice drinks in the sense that they are making use of such ingredients. However, it is important to note that when creating a fruit infused drink, you are not really consuming the foreign ingredient. Instead, you are just infusing its vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into the water. As a result, there is a mild hint of flavor in the drink you are consuming; yet a large amount of water is still the main ingredient in this drink.
Why Is It Good for You?
Infused Water is good for you because it does not contain any excess sugar, additives, or flavorings. You get to drink the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are typically found in the fruit or vegetable that you have infused in water. Even though it will contain some sugar and calories, it is a tolerable amount compared to drinking soda or fruit juices.
Not only is this drink healthy and natural, it can also produce some anti-oxidizing effect on your body. It can cleanse you of the free radicals that may have accumulated in your body over time. At the same time, many make use of this drink as a way to boost their immune system. Lastly, there have been many reports that this drink can help you lose weight. It may be because of the natural effects of the ingredients that you add to the water.
Things to Add to Water
When you’re thinking about creating your own Infused Water at home, it is really important that you think about the flavors that you will be playing around with. Generally speaking, there are so many ingredients you can use to infuse your drink with. The best way to know how you can make your own drink is to identify the different groups of ingredients that can be added to water:
- Citrus: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, key lime, orange, blood orange, tangerine
- Melons: Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe
- Tropical: Pear, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, kiwi, starfruit, banana
- Berries: Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries
- Others: Apples, plums, peaches, grapes, nectarines
- Hot or Sweet Peppers
- Cinnamon Stick
- Black Pepper
1.The Classic: Lemon + Cucumber + Basil + Mint:
In a pitcher, mix 10 cups of water with thinly sliced pieces of lemon and cucumber. Add ¼ cup of freshly chopped basil leaves and 1/3 cup of chopped mint leaves. Refrigerate overnight.
2.The Tropical: Pineapple + Mint
In a pitcher, mix 10 cups of water with a whole sprig of mint. Add in large chunks of slightly crushed pineapples. Refrigerate overnight.
3.The Antioxidant: Sage + Blackberry
In a pitcher: mix 1 cup of slightly crushed blackberries, 3-4 sage leaves, and 10 cups of water. Refrigerate overnight.
The good thing about making Infused Water at home is that you can control whatever ingredients you want to add to your drink. You can also either make a small or large batch, depending on your preference. The best way to store the drink is with a water bottle, glass pitcher, Mason jar, or anything you have at home. Keep refrigerated for a week; or until the drink no longer has any flavor present. When this happens, you can just keep on adding ingredients that you want.