3 Fruit-Infused Water Recipes That Will Make You Forget About Sugary Drinks

Water is necessary, and it’s the best drink for your body. But are you tired of plain-old water? Try these three fruit and herb infused drinks, and you may forget about drinking soda or other sugary drinks! These three combinations are quick and easy to put together, and are perfect to consume all-year round!

Many fruits have overlapping benefits, but they do offer primary benefits as well as unique flavors! There’s something for everyone.  

Mint to Be

Since this mixture is primarily meant to have higher notes of mint, you could either use a higher ratio of mint or balance it equally.

Ingredients: Fresh mint leaves, raspberries, and cucumbers

Preparation: De-stem the mint leaves from the main stalk, and rinse. Crush the mint leaves to release the oil. Carefully rinse the raspberries. If you choose to peel the cucumber skin, you can do so before slicing into discs. If you would like to leave the skin on, I recommend using organic cucumbers, or you can wash the cucumber with baking soda.

Benefits:

  • Mint contains rosmarinic acid, which is effective for allergy symptoms. It also effective in recovering from a common cold, and conditions like gastric ulcers, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Raspberries contain Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, removes free radicals from the body, contains antioxidants help fight against cancer, fights aging, protects from eye infections, and decreases inflammation.
  • Cucumbers keep the body hydrated. It contains antioxidants, and it also helps flush out toxins and treats acne. My skin clears up nicely whenever I drink cucumber infused water.

Berry Refreshing

Ingredients: Strawberries, blackberries, cucumbers, and lemon.

Preparation: You can choose to slice, halve, or quarter the strawberries. Follow the same instructions for the remaining ingredients.

Benefits:

  • Mint contains rosmarinic acid, which is effective for allergy symptoms. It also effective in recovering from a common cold, and conditions like gastric ulcers, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Raspberries and Blackberries contain Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, removes free radicals from the body, contains antioxidants help fight against cancer, fights aging, protects from eye infections, and decreases inflammation.
  • Cucumbers keep the body hydrated. It contains antioxidants, and it also helps flush out toxins and treats acne. My skin clears up nicely whenever I drink cucumber infused water.

Orange You Glad?

Ingredients: Orange, lemon, grapefruit, mint

Preparation: Wash the rinds of the citrus fruits, then slice into discs if you are storing it in a large pitcher. If you are planning to place it in a smaller jar or bottle, slice the pieces accordingly. You can choose to leave the rind on or off. Note that if you choose the leave the rind on, it will cause a bitter flavor after several hours. Remove the seeds.

Benefits:

  • Oranges may help improve your vision, will boost your immune system, promote healthy skin, help with digestion and allergies, as well as an aid to fighting cancer.
  • Grapefruits are hydrating, (Perfect for summertime heat!) helps with appetite control, and with weight loss according to a study (1) conducted on the effects of grapefruit and weight loss. It can also help prevent insulin resistance, maintain a healthy heart, boost your immune system, and helps prevent kidney stones!
  • Lemons also have very similar benefits, and it helps in decreasing high blood pressure.

Preparation, Storage, and Soak Tips

If possible, choose organic fruits. Otherwise, soak your fruits in two cups of water and a teaspoon of baking soda. This helps remove pesticides and residue. Try to choose the freshest fruits possible, and not fruits that are old.

Use cold or room temperature filtered water. I like to use cold water during the summer and store the drink in a glass bottle/jar, or in stainless-steel bottles that are designed to keep water cool for several hours.

Soak Time and Temperature

Infuse the water in the fridge or at room temperature for two hours. Always store the water in the fridge to keep it fresh and free from bacterial growth. Fruits like citrus and cucumbers will yield flavors in under half an hour. Other fruits and herbs need an overnight soak. Strawberries will appear “waterlogged” after several hours, but this is normal. If you are not planning to consume the water within the 24 hours, drain the fruits and store in an airtight bag in the fridge.

When consuming the water, you can continue to refill your bottle once you reach the halfway point, to retain some of the flavors.

How long does it last?

Most fruits and herbs last up to three days in the fridge. Some infusions can last anywhere from overnight to twelve hours. After this, they should be stored in the fridge if not already. If the fruits are infused in water for more than 4 hours, remove the fruits and herbs from the water and store the water separately.


(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16579728

 

Grace Jauwena
Grace Jauwena

Grace Jauwena is a health coach that focuses on plant-based nutrition and natural remedies. She strives to help others thrive holistically, and is pursuing a doctorate degree in natural medicine. She loves to cook, create recipes, style food, and take photos. In her free time, she explores new foods, hiking trails, and beaches with her husband, and spends time with family and friends.

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