It all started shortly after the holidays when I received an infusion pitcher as a gift. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this new take on water, but I soon began making pitchers of fruit/vegetable infused water that were delicious! I quickly decided that this was my new “go-to” drink.
If you're like me, you’re always looking for something you can drink at home or at the gym, that isn’t just “plain old water”. Infused water is easy to make and is a refreshing, calorie free alternative to soda, caffeine, or alcoholic beverages.
Making It Couldn’t Be Easier.
To make infused water, just chop your favorite fruits or vegetables, add spices or herbs, and put them in the tube. Pour cool water into the pitcher, and that's it! If you want more flavor, use a knife and push through the fruit several times, or shake the pitcher around a bit. If you keep the pitcher chilled, you can use the same fruit/vegetables for more than one day. Infused water provides all the hydrating benefits of water, plus nutrients and flavor from the fruit and veggies. Add ice and a garnish, and you have a nutritious, easy to make drink without the calories!
I personally love the taste of cucumber-lime water. I use the “Prodyne” water infuser pitcher from Amazon, which is under $20 bucks. I like to make a pitcher of infused water in the evening and put it in the refrigerator to chill. In the morning, I have a cold pitcher of fruit or vegetable flavored water that I can drink and enjoy all day.
When you go to work or to the gym, infused water can be carried along with you in a water bottle. I used to drive to the nearest fast food restaurant to get a soda after my workouts (I really did!). Now my go-to drink after a workout is flavor infused water.I have replaced my bad habit with a better one that is delicious and nutritious andI'm now saving myself about 400 calories a day! This way of drinking water is so satisfying, flavorful, and light, you just don't need anything else!
There are lots of flavor combinations that can be made into infused water. I've included some recipes that are not only yummy, but nutritious too.
GINGER AND LEMON INFUSED WATER
- 12 cups filtered water
- 4 lemons, thinly sliced
- 4 knobs of ginger, half inch each
FENNEL AND PEAR INFUSED WATER
- 12 cups chilled water
- 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- Handful of green fronds from the fennel bulb
- 2 large ripe pears, thinly sliced
MINT AND RASPBERRY INFUSED WATER
- 12 cups of filtered water
- ¼ cup fresh raspberries
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 limes thinly sliced
ORANGE AND BLUEBERRY INFUSED WATER
- 12 cups of filtered water
- 4 mandarin oranges, cut into wedges
- 1 cup blueberries
Share your favorite recipe below, and cheers to good health!