Drink more water, you hear it over and over but sometimes its hard to get 8 glasses of water a day down. Sweet tea, sodas and so called power aid drinks are easy to reach for when you are thirsty and open the refrigerator door, even though in the back of your mind you know its probably not the best for you.
Infused water to the rescue! A tasty alternative that is actually good for you and easy to prepare and have at the ready when you need a cool drink now. Plus it is a great way to use extra summertime produce and herbs.
All you need is a glass jar or pitcher, a wooden spoon and produce from the kitchen garden or your local farmers market.
Step one: Fill your glass container ¾ full (I like mason jars or recycled glass drink bottles) with filtered water or sparkling water if you like a little fizz.
Step two: Add fruit, roots, veggies, flowers or herbs. (Rinsed or peeled)
Step Three: using a wooden spoon, mash, bruise, squish contents a bit to release flavor, oils and general goodness.
Infused water hydrates and gives a little boost of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other medicinal constituents. Infused H2O can also relieve bloating, water retention and act like a general detox.
Experiment until you find tasty combos. Here are a few recipes for some that I like to make. Make a couple of large 2 quart jars in the morning for all day sipping or make a smaller bottle that will fit in your car cup holder.
The good news about infused water is when you drain the jar, just re-fill with water…its not as strong as the first batch but still very ‘drinkable’ I drink and refill and make a new batch every other day. Some leave the infusing water on the counter and never refrigerate and that is fine for a couple of days, then make new. I often make my waters in the garden, then refrigerate after a couple of hours of outside infusing.
2 quart Mason Jars, adjust accordingly smaller or larger jar
Bloat Buster (and general detox)
1 cucumber sliced
1 bunch of lemon balm
1 beet with top (scrubbed) – poke holes in beet with fork
1 small summer squash sliced
3 radishes with tops (scrubbed) poke holes in radishes
3 sprigs lemon basil
½ cucumber sliced
2 Sprigs rosemary
1 large slice of watermelon, chunked
1 bunch of grapefruit mint
2 Inch ginger root, sliced
6 Juliet tomatoes
1 bunch purple basil
1 bunch of oregano
1 carrot, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
a few peppercorns
1or 2 jalapeno or cayenne pepper, poke holes with fork
1 sprig of papalo (summer cilantro)
1 sprig of sage
1 lime, sliced
Tropical Heat Wave Splash
2 inch ginger root, sliced
1 hibiscus flower
1 bunch pineapple mint
2 sprigs pineapple sage
1 large slice of muskmelon or cantaloupe or ripe mango, chunked
1 bunch of orange mint
1 lime sliced
1 cup of raspberries or strawberries
1 bunch of chocolate peppermint
1 spring of lemon basil
1 cup or two of blueberries
2 sticks of cinnamon or a bunch of cinnamon basil
2 sprigs of lemon verbena
1 bunch of sage
Get Happy Water
1 bunch of lemon basil
1 bunch of lemon balm
More good news….
Hot flashing? Add Sage or red clover flowers
Crampy? Add Mint
Gas? Add Basil
Can’t remember? Add Rosemary
Achy? Add Turmeric, Ginger or Lemon grass
Depressed? Add Basil and Lemon balm