Infused Water

Infused Water

You know that you are supposed to drink those 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. But what are you to do when you can’t stand the taste of water? Maybe you think it lacks flavor at all and doesn’t interest you; maybe you think it has an off flavor that you can’t just get past because of the treatment to make it drinkable. Whatever the reason you are turned off by water, you can improve the taste and the nutrition of your water by infusing it with fruit.

Commercial bottled waters flavored with fruit often contain chemicals you can’t pronounce, let alone want to put in your body. Homemade fruit infused waters contain none of those chemicals, as well as less sugar and natural vitamins. Most vitamins contained in fruits are water soluble so this homemade water is better than commercial vitamin water – it’s fresher.

Here are a few fruit-infused water recipes to help get you started!

Lemon, Lime and Orange Water

Makes 2 liters

1 orange, cut into segments

1 lime, sliced thinly

2 lemon, sliced thinly

Ice and water

Cut each piece of fruit as described and then place into your water pitcher. Using a wooden spoon, mash the fruit slightly so that the water will be able to get into the fruit. Add ice and water to fill the pitcher. This can be drunk immediately but tastes even better after sitting in the refrigerator for 2 to 24 hours. This will keep for up to 2 days. The pitcher can also be refilled multiple times using the same fruit with new water. Refill when about half of the original water remains to retain flavor.

Kiwi and Strawberry Water

Makes 2 liters

4 kiwis, peeled and sliced thinly

8 strawberries, cut into quarters

Ice and water

Add kiwi and strawberries to the pitcher. Using a wooden spoon, muddle the fruit lightly. Add ice and water to fill the pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving for best flavor. This will keep for up to 2 days. The pitcher can also be refilled multiple times using the same fruit with new water. Refill when about half of the original water remains to retain flavor.

Peach and Strawberry Water

Makes 2 liters

1 cup of strawberries, cut into halves

3 peaches, cut into chunks

Add the strawberries and peaches to your pitcher. Using a wooden spoon, muddle the fruit slightly. Add ice and water to fill the pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. This will keep for 2-3 days stored in the refrigerator. The pitcher can also be refilled multiple times using the same fruit with new water. Refill when about half of the original water remains to retain flavor.

Other fruits and herbs that are good for infusing in water:

Apples, Blueberries, Cherries, Pineapple, Basil, Cucumber, Watermelon

Ginger, Vanilla, Sage, Honeydew, Mint, Mango, Lavender

What is your favorite fruit combination for infused water?

Comments

  1. says

    Sometimes it’s such a battle getting my water down. I find it even harder during the cooler months. Adding some fruit would certainly help. I’m pinning & looking forward to giving your suggestions a try. Thank you for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday.

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