Monday, June 16

Say Goodbye To Boring Bottled Water!

90 percent of what you pay for when you buy a bottle of water goes toward packaging, shipping, and advertising; and many bottles wind up in landfills, where they might take many years to decompose. Plus: If you're going to buy enhanced waters, they could be bulked up with added colors, sugars, and other unhealthy agents. So skip the store, bypass the additives, and mix these refreshing flavored waters for you and your family.

In minutes, you can transform boring H2O into a delicious glass of healthy, flavored water. Here are my top ten favorite combinations:

1. Strawberry-Basil: Add fresh sliced strawberries and basil leaves to your water, as many as you like. Slightly tear the basil leaves to release the oils into the water.  Basil has anti-anxiety and liver detoxifying properties, while strawberries are high in vitamin C, folic acid and potassium.
2. Cucumber-Melon: Slice cucumbers and add small chunks of fresh honeydew to your water.  It’s simply wonderful! Cucumber contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin K and Potassium. It promotes a healthy liver, skin cell rejuvenation and helps your body process fat.
3. Lemon-Thyme: Slice a half a lemon and add a few sprigs of thyme to your water. Lemon is a natural diuretic which aids in natural detoxification. Thyme is an antimicrobial and has been used for years in natural medicine to help respiratory problems.
4. Raspberry-Ginger: Place fresh raspberries and strips of peeled and sliced fresh ginger into the water. Ginger is effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal stress, while raspberries are one of the best natural antioxidants out there.
5. Blueberry-Lime: Add lime slices and slightly bruised blueberries. Top with water, cover and refrigerate.  Blueberries add a touch of antioxidant sweetness as the lime flushes toxins out of your body.
6. Watermelon-Rosemary: Add a sprig of rosemary, watermelon cubes and water to a glass jar; cover and refrigerate. Watermelons are an excellent source of vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity and heal wounds; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy. Rosemary helps to alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, and boost the circulatory system. This is a SUPER drink!
7. Orange-Mint: It’s just delicious! Add orange slices and fresh mint to your water.  Mint is a great palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion. Did you know oranges will naturally lower your cholesterol??
8. Blackberry-Sage: Add bruised sage leaves to a jar and top with blackberries. Fill jar with water; cover and refrigerate. Blackberries contain compounds that help protect you from heart, brain and cell damage. On the other hand sage is a good anti-inflammatory, brain promoting, metabolizing boosting super herb!
9. Papaya-Lime: Squeeze a few slices of lime into a jar followed by papaya cubes and water. Refrigerate for 24 hours. IBS you say? Well be first in line for water infused with Papaya, it is one of the best foods to promote intestinal health- of any kind! And of course lime is a natural diuretic. I love this one, it makes me feel great!
10. Pineapple-Mango: Add cubed pineapple and mango to a pitcher or jar of water. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Beside tasting fabulous, this infused water is packed chock-full of vitamins and minerals. It will fight free radicals in the body, promote cell growth, and build strong bones.

Infused waters are an easy way to add flavor and interest without a lot of extra calories. Try different fruit and herb combinations, whatever sounds good to you. Add as much or as little fruit & herbs into the water to suit your taste. If you don't have access to these fruits and herbs try all citrus. Slices of lemon, orange and a bit of lime added to a pitcher of water is great any day! I hope you will try one or two of these healthy waters for yourself. Let me know which one becomes your go-to Summer drink! ENJOY!

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  1. Yummy - love all of these! I just bought a water pitcher at Costco with an infuser inside, so I'm anxious to try some of these out.

  2. YUM YUM YUM YUM. That's all that I can think of when looking at these combos!! :) Peach-rosemary and lemon-lavender are good combinations too. But I have to say, strawberry-basil is my fave.

  3. I almost always have a jug in the fridge of cucumber/mint/lemon water :) So refreshing!

  4. I have a rosemary bush growing by my garden gate. I tried the peach-rosemary combo and loved it! Thanks for the tip!!

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