Infused water is simply water infused with the flavor of natural fruit, herbs, and vegetables. The fruit, herbs, and veggies release their flavors into the water, giving it a magical taste. But because the taste is made by simply infusing the flavor, infused water contains pretty much no calories. Plus a glass full of colorful fruit and herbs looks so joyful, that all you want to do when you have it in front of you is to drink it!
Rosemary, Strawberry, and Ginger Water Infusion
This infused water recipe tastes incredible and the combination of rosemary and strawberry adds a touch of sweetness without any sugar. Rosemary and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties. Strawberries are very high in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and helps to produce more collagen. Combine 3 to 4 branches of rosemary, 1 cup sliced strawberries, and ginger chopped into chunks in a pitcher of water.
Mint, Lemon, and Grapefruit Water Infusion
This combination will flush toxins out of your system, fill you up, and release excess salt from your cells. Mint eases digestion, helps with mental awareness, and helps your metabolism. Lemon is a great antioxidant for heart health, prevents kidney stones, and helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar. Grapefruit reduces appetite, is great for your heart, helps lower blood pressure, and reduces the risk of stroke.
Orange, Vanilla Beans, and Cinnamon Sticks Water
This calming mix provides a hydrating dose of vitamin C. And while cinnamon has been studied for its blood sugar-lowering capabilities, research also shows that just the smell of cinnamon enhances concentration and cognitive processing. Relaxing vanilla is another excellent spice for infused water (along with cardamom pods, fresh ginger, and cloves).
Cranberries, Apple, Lemon, Orange Zest, and Pomegranate Seeds Water
Does a glass of apple-infused water a day keep the doctor away? Perhaps! Apples have well-documented benefits for a healthy heart, which are associated with their polyphenol content as well as the water-soluble fiber, pectin. The nutrients in apples are concentrated in their skin, so thin slices with the skin on are the way to go.
Pomegranate Seeds, Persimmon, Orange, Cinnamon Sticks, and Allspice Berries Water
For a warming spice, try adding cinnamon sticks to infused water. Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant, and helps to stabilize blood sugar, and is an efficient metabolism booster. Pomegranate seeds and orange add a dose of vitamin C and skin-loving antioxidants.
Blueberries, Lemon, and Cucumber Water
Lemon water helps you flush out your system, making it a great way to start the day. And cucumber-infused water provides valuable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Along with blueberries, cucumbers are a delicious source of nutrients like vitamins.
Saying you hate drinking water isn’t an option—it’s too important and there are plenty of easy solutions. Flavored waters that don’t contain added salt, sugars, or preservatives can help you meet your daily water intake. Another way to stay hydrated is with homemade infused waters, which are a healthy—and affordable—alternative and require no kitchen skills.