With the hot weather approaching, we should be more aware of our need for water. While this blog will focus on infused water, please refer to our post entitled Make Water Your New Best Friend for a better understanding of just how important drinking water is to your health.
What is Infused Water?
Infused water is known by several other names: fruit flavored water, fruit infused water, or even detox water. However, just know that infused water is water that has any combination of fruits, herbs or vegetables that have soaked or otherwise been immersed in cold drinking water. The idea behind infused water is to extract the flavor, nutrition and healing properties from the added fruits, etc. in order to boost the benefits of your daily water intake. You could almost think of it as fertilizer for your body (a healthy LOL).
This is an especially good idea when you are moving. You will certainly be on-the-go while relocating and the extra boost from the nutrients will be beneficial to extend your stamina. Infused water is a good way to replace all those high calorie, low nutrient sugary drinks that most people turn to in the heat.
Infused water is not a modern-day invention. Rather, there are recorded facts about infused water which date to the time of the Renaissance. Then, flowers were popular ways to infuse water.
Please note that it is best to infuse your own water instead of purchasing pre-made infused water. This is because the infused water you purchase has sugar and other additives, whereas homemade infused water has zero sugars and additives, making your calorie and carbohydrate intake also zero.
How Long Should You Infuse Water?
One go-to for infused water is lemons. We see this quite a bit. In fact, many people while dining out, will order water with lemon. Though this is not technically infused water it is a good start. The reason being is that you should allow your fruits, vegetables, etc. to soak or infuse in the water for at least 1-2 hours at room temperature or 3-4 hours in refrigerator in order to achieve the optimum potency of your addition. Use a large mason jar or thoroughly rinse out an old juice bottle to use for infusing your water. Either of these choices will work for portability while moving. Your completed infused water should last 2 to 3 days in refrigerator.
Infused Water Ideas
While you can go on the internet and find oodles of recipe ideas for infused water, here is a basic list of ideas to get you started. You can use any number of combinations for your water. Your tastebuds are your only guide here.
Citrus: Lemons, Limes, Orange,
Melons: honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon
Berries: blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry
Fresh Herbs: peppermint, spearmint, ginger root
Vegetables: cucumbers, carrots, celery
Stone fruits: peaches, apricots, plums (remove the pit, of course)
Tropical fruits: coconut, pineapple
Subtropical fruits: kiwi fruit, pomegranate
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