We all know that drinking water is good for us: for clearer skin, to flush out toxins from the kidneys and to keep our muscles rehdydrated. And yet sometimes religously drinking the recommended 2 litres a day can seem like a real chore. Investing in one of those pretty coloured Bobble water bottles might give you slightly more motivation to drink up (until like myself you leave it on the bus, at the gym or it just disappears with all the other Bobble bottles into Bobbleland). That can quickly become quite a pricey way of drinking something that’s free (for now – let’s not dig up that conversation!), and let’s be honest it still just tastes like plain water.
Looking for ways to spice up a boring old glass of water, over the past few months I have been experimenting with different ways of naturally infusing it with different flavours and bringing it along to test out on my thirsty students at my Saturday morning flow classes. Yoga classes can get pretty sweaty and as we come in to the warmer summer season it’s even more important to quench our thirsty skin and muscles by absorbing plenty of water. A plain glass can easily be transfromed and made more inticing by simply adding lots of colourful summer fruits and fresh herbs. Now is the prefect time as shops and markets are bursting with lots of homegrown varieties. The result is a gorgeous naturally flavoured drink, not sugary sweet in the way that artifically flavoured water is (which let’s face it is as bad as having a soft drink). To top it off it looks really pretty and is an elegant addition to your summer picnics or gatherings.
There is no fixed recipe or rules for creating infused water, you can experiement with your own flavour combinations to suit your own tastebuds. The process is very simple:
1. GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS Get together your choice of fruit and herbs. Wash and chop/ slice to prepare. Add them into a large jug, jar or flask and cover with plenty of ice. Top with water and give a good stir.
2. BE PATIENT Ideally you should leave water in the fridge for at least two hours (4 is even better) to allow the fruity flavours to infuse and develop.
3. DRINK UP! Pour into a glass. If you’re looking to impress guests you can top with a little morechopped fresh fruit or herbs. The flavoured water should keep for at least a day or two in the fridge.
Here are some of my favourite combinations that I’ve tried over the last few months. I’ve definitely found it that it has encouraged me to drink more water when I make a big batch of it and see it sitting pretty in the fridge!
PINEAPPLE MINT GINGER
Slice up about ¼ pineapple or chop into chunks – the thinner the slices the more flavour it will infuse. Add it to a bunch of mint leaves and some slices of ginger. Ginger is amazing for soothing an upset stomach and naturally boosting your immune system.
Although you are probably thinking that basil belongs in a salad rather than a fruit drink, it adds an amazing freshness. Add approximately 2 cups of freshly chopped watermelon with the rind removed to give just the right amount of sweetness.
Like strawberry lemonade! Make sure to slice the strawberries first and lemon (1 lemon should do the trick, depending on how citrusy you fancy it!) Strawberry and mint is also absolutely delicious mixed together.
Cucumbers are pretty amazing: they are 95% water so are incredibly hydrating for the body (a hangover cure you probably never thought of!) . They are also packed full of anti-oxidants including vitamin c and so help to cool any inflammation that may be happening your body. Slice up a full cucumber on its own for a lovely subtle flavour or add other fruit such as limes, strawberries for a bit more punch.
ORANGE RASBERRY/ BLUEBERRY
Slice up two oranges and mix with around a cup of raspberries or blueberries. Not only is this delicous to drink but raspberries turn the water a really pretty pink colour!
Of course these are only suggestions and you can always just have a look at what you have in your fridge and try out some of your own! I generally found that anything with mint in it tastes delicious and refreshing and you can never go wrong with adding a lime either. Probably best to stay away from bananas as they’ll just end up turning brown and mushy! Cheers everyone!
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