Nourish Yourself with Flavored Water

Nourish Yourself with Flavored Water
Kim McCorquodale RD

We all know that drinking more water is beneficial. Some of the many benefits include flushing out toxins, helping to keep your energy up, and reducing those feeling of “fake” hunger and food cravings. But, we also know that water can be pretty boring. Most of you have probably seen all those flavored waters at the grocery store, but you might also have noticed they are pretty high priced. So why not make flavored water yourself? No reason not to, and here’s some easy ideas to get you started.

Add water to a clean container and add any of the following. Try “muddling,” or slightly crushing, herb leaves to help release their flavor.

  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Cantaloupe
  • Lime
  • Basil, mint, rosemary, lavender
  • Berries
  • Kiwi
  • Fresh ginger

Or try some of these fun combos:

  • Watermelon and mint
  • Cucumber and mint
  • Lemon and mint
  • Cherry and lime
  • Watermelon and cucumber
  • Ginger and lemon
  • Lemon and lavender
  • Lime and mint
  • Cucumber and lime
  • Lemon and basil
  • Strawberry and mint
  • Blackberry and ginger
  • Lemon and blueberry
  • Thyme and blackberries
  • Cucumber and rosemary
  • Cantaloupe and watermelon
  • Cucumber, lemon, and mint
  • Lemon and lime
  • Strawberry and basil
  • Ginger and lime
  • Lemon and a pinch of cayenne

So, give some of these a try and get hydrated! For other great water recipes and ideas, check out the American Institute for Cancer Research web site.
http://www.aicr.org/enews/2014/08-august/eNews-Spice-Up-Your-Water.html

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