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We all know it’s important to stay hydrated, and the best way to do that is with water. But let’s face it — plain water can be boring. As we begin transitioning into spring, we need to let the warmer weather, blooming flowers and sunshine lead the way and inspire us to create new health strategies for the upcoming months. Start spring right by staying hydrated in unique and nutritious ways with some refreshing new twists on water. Proper water hydration can be extremely beneficial, and can aid in weight loss, cleansing, and skin rejuvenation. Here are some ways you can take water to the next level with natural flavors that are delicious and good for you too! Feel free to mix and match to find the perfect combinations for your taste buds.
Best for the warmest months of the year, adding a few sprigs of fresh mint to a pitcher of water will deliver a refreshing kick. Bruise the leaves to strengthen the punch. Let the leaves soak for at least ten minutes for the best flavor.
As it is made up of mostly water, cucumber is a great component to give water a fresh taste. Add a handful of slices to a pitcher to soak. You can also eat the remaining slices after you’ve finished all the water so nothing goes to waste! If you want to go above and beyond, put the cucumber in a blender, pour the juice through cheesecloth, let it sit overnight in the fridge, and add to a cold pitcher of water in the morning.
As with tea, steep the herbs by hand. After infusing with water for ten minutes, chill and watch the clear liquid turn to the prettiest pink with a tarty punch.
Lemon or Lime
One of the most popular additions to any beverage, lemons and limes are easily accessible. You can soak them in your pitcher or squeeze a citrus wedge right into your glass of H2O, then enjoy the zesty refreshment!
Ginger adds a spicy kick to water and works great when paired with cucumber or lemon. Juicing ginger is similar to juicing a cucumber, but instead of a blender, use a grater to add some crisp ginger flavor to water.
Flavorful Ice Cubes
Keep your water cold, colorful, and tasty with homemade fruit/veggie/herbal ice cubes. Place a few pieces of your favorite herbs or spring produce in each square of an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. You can also squeeze juice in the tray with a mix of water. Try with lemon, mint, basil, mango, cranberries, strawberries, oranges and more!
Tea and Bubbles
Herbal tea is a low-calorie option for those who dislike water, and can be served either warm or cold. Black tea can lower levels of cortisol, the stress producing hormone. Green tea is packed with antioxidants that can strengthen your immune system and cleanse the body. Hibiscus tea has a lot of vitamin C that can reduce blood pressure. If you prefer bubbles in your beverages, try sparkling water to keep things exciting this spring. It comes in a variety of flavors (or add your own), and serves as a great alternative to regular flat water.
When water tastes good, we are bound to drink more. Infusing water with fresh fruits, herbs and veggies can help you stay hydrated this spring and beyond! You can also experiment with citrus fruits (and peels), berries, melon, kiwi, apples, lemon verbena, parsley, sage, basil, lavender, rosemary and thyme…. The possibilities are endless. Increase your water intake by shaking things up this spring!
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