I've talked about how I stay hydrated before but have found myself drinking less water than usual ever since local stay at home orders went into effect. Go figure. Walking from my home office to the kitchen is roughly the same distance as walking from my desk at work to the office fridge but something's not computing, for some reason. My routine is thrown off. So I've been making sure I have my morning smoothies and reminding myself to promptly refill every time my glass hits empty. Over the weekend, I put together a few different infused water combinations to help get my hydration game up. These combos are not new to me but I snapped a some photos in order to to share with y'all because I care about your hydration, too. Let's get into the juicy details!
How to Infuse Water
Infusing water with fruit and herbs is an easy two-step process. First, simply add the fruits, herbs, and every veggies you want to your water by the pitcher or by the glass. Second...just wait! About one to two hours in the fridge or four hours at room temperature. And that is the extent of the effort required for infusing water. For stronger flavor, you can leave it overnight. I like to infuse a pitcher of water in the evening then enjoy it by the deliciously-flavored glass throughout the following day.
Benefits of Infusing Water
You might be wondering if infusing water does anything other than add flavor. Well, the answer depends on what you're looking for. If you struggle to drink enough water each day, infusing your water can entice you to drink more of it. That's certainly why I whipped out these infused water combinations over the weekend. And if you're drinking more infused water, you're drinking more water, period. This means you're enjoying all the benefits associated with optimal hydration like clearer skin and flushing toxins out of the body.
Aside from the hydration boost, some people drink infused water to curb sugary soda or juice habits. Infused water is low in calories and has no added sugar. I just find it refreshing. Eating the fruits and herbs afterward provides an added nutrient bonus. Now that you're up to speed on why you should infuse your water, my favorite infused water recipes are just below.
My Favorite Infused Water Combinations
Berry & Basil Infused Water
- Basil Leaves
*You can use other types of berries instead of or in addition to the ones listed above. I like sliced strawberries and blackberries in my infused water, too. Just go with whatever you have on hand.
Refreshing Tropical Infused Water
- Watermelon Chunks
- Pineapple Slices
- Mint Leaves
*If you don't have watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew melon will work well, too. Sip on this combination to evoke vacay vibes without leaving your couch, sis.
Spa-Style Infused Water
- Cucumber Slices
- Lemon or Lime Slices
- Mint Leaves
*This is the classic combination you'd be served at a fancy spa. Infuse a pitcher of this to enjoy while you pamper yourself at home! It's also known as detox water.
If you have any questions about how to make infused water, just leave a comment below and I promise to get back to you quick, fast, and in a hurry. Sharing is caring so be sure to pin these infused water combinations on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
P.S. more hydration content:
- 64 ounces filtered water
- cucumber slices
- fresh basil leaves
- fresh mint leaves
- lemon slices
- pineapple chunks
- watermelon chunks
- Fill a large pitcher (ideally 64 ounce but use less if your pitcher won't hold this much) with water.
- Add fresh fruits and herbs to your liking. Recommended combinations using the above ingredients are: (1) fresh mint leaves, pineapple chunks (2) cucumber slices, fresh mint leaves, lemon slices or (3) blueberries, fresh basil leaves, raspberries.
- Place pitcher in fridge and allow to infuse anywhere from 1 to 12 hours before enjoying.