If you’re bored by drinking only water, let’s change it up! Sometimes the taste of water becomes unsatisfying and, well, boring. But we have a Be BETTER challenge that will change your mind about drinking water: We suggest you give it some natural flavor by infusing it with fruits, vegetables and herbs. What does it mean to infuse something? ”Infusing” means to soak in liquid to extract a flavor.
It is simple and fun: But most of all, it tastes so good.
Get creative and have some fun with it. The best part of this week’s challenge is that it tastes good and helps you drink the water you need to feel good and survive.
How to start:
You can use mason jars, a Fruit infuser pitcher , or an infuser water bottles. That is, pretty much anything that has a lid for storing. You can refill the container for as many as three days. However, every time you refill, the ingredients will be less potent. Therefore, feel free to add more ingredients as you go along.
First, cut up fruits or vegetables that you want to infuse. For citrus, we recommend peeling it before putting it in the water.
Second, use a wooden spoon to gently mash the fruit and/or the vegetables at the bottom of the container.
Third, add herbs. Before you do, though, lightly bruise the herbs to help release the natural oils.
Fourth, pour water. If you use a mason jar, put ice on top of the fruit before you pour the water. Ice lasts about 24 hours in the refrigerator, and it keep most of the loose herbs and fruit at the bottom of your jar. If the ice melts, and you don’t want to swallow chunks of fruit or herbs, use a strainer to remove them.
Last, let the water infuse for three to four hours, depending on taste.
The best part about infusing water is trying different combinations. Below are recommended fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs.
Fruit: Citrus (oranges, lemons, limes), berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries), melons (watermelon)
Vegetables: Cucumber and peppers
Spices: Ginger and cinnamon sticks
Herbs: Rosemary, mint, sage, basil, cilantro, lavender
Lemon + Cucumber + Mint
Pineapple + Mint
Blueberries + Lime + Rosemary
Orange + ginger + basil
Read more on the benefits of lemon-infused water
Some great websites with infused water recipes:
Nutrition Stripped (website) - beautiful examples of infused water
Yummylife.com (blog) - shows you step-by-step how to make infused water