What you drink is just as important as what you eat and don't think that liquid calories aren't still calories, that can equate to overconsumption easily.
While much of today's social scene is wrapped around booze and water seems blahhh, there is a very simple way to get your water intake up without it being so boring. Say goodbye to soda, juice, and bottled water with these refreshing, healthy flavors! I like to keep some made in the fridge to motivate me to drink more throughout the day.
I was never a hardcore soda drinker but know plenty of people that were. Then they gave up regular soda because of the high sugar content and switched to diet soda. Next we were warned to avoid the chemicals in diet soda; and more recently studies have indicated that diet soda actually causes rather than prevents weight gain. Lots then moved on to bottled water, but that has landfill and environmental consequences that simply can NOT be ignored. Juice has more nutrition than soda, but is comparable in sugar, carb, and calorie content. So, as overwhelming as all of this is, it's important to know that we have options and let's face it, the intent is to simply keep us hydrated so to think we constantly 'need' more stimulating drinks is crazy
Yes, water by itself is boring and with so many alternatives tempting us, we need to spice up our water and make it more fun, ok, not fun but appealing😁. The best part about these homemade water blends is, if prepared ahead of time, they're better the next day so no need to rush while heading out the door
#1 LEMON AND MINT
Lemon is great for helping with neutralizing the acidity in your stomach or so it is said but honestly, it just makes water even more refreshing. Mint is great to provide you with a fresh taste perfect to add that extra flavour.
#2 STRAWBERRY, LIME AND CUCUMBER
This cooling and refreshing drink is perfect for the hot weather. Chop up some strawberries, lime, cucumber and optionally, mint. Add plenty of ice into your drink and sip away!
#3 PINEAPPLE AND SUGARCANE
This sweet, fruity and tangy drink is best if you’re into tropical flavours. Pineapple is loaded with vitamin C and beta carotene and fibre great for digestion and your immune system, and sugarcane is alkaline in nature, which will help with the acidity in your stomach.
#4 RASPBERRY AND MINT
Raspberries are known for their sweet taste and juicy texture, so they’re great for water. Raspberries are high in fibre so they help with regulation and/or constipation and helps with digestion. Their rich colour also looks good in any glass…..
#5 ORANGE, LEMON, HONEY AND GINGER
This is a good one to save for cold and flu season. Ginger is an amazing agent to help settle your stomach amongst its long list of great health benefits. It also provides a great boost to your immune system, relieve nausea, and treat muscle soreness and pain. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps the immune system as well as fight free radicals in the body caused by stress.
#6 (My personal fav) GREEN TEA, HONEY & LEMON
Yes, green tea is already made in water but adding it to an entire glass of cold, iced water with some honey and lemon, turns it into a great refreshing drink.
Keep a variety of fresh herbs on hand, they're great for adding natural flavor to any food recipe in addition to adding to your water concoction. Mint is my favorite but I have also tried basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, and tarragon. Add any of these with some fruit or veggie and you have a healthy alternative.