Chances are, you could benefit from upping your water intake. After all, hydration has an effect on everything from energy levels to mood to memory, so it’s worth thinking about ways to increase your daily H20 consumption. To help us reach the recommended amount of 8 ounces of water, 8 times a day, we’ve been getting creative with add-ins, infusing our water with fruit, vegetables, and herbs that give it a subtle flavor without adding calories. Here, we share our approach to creating a refreshing and healthy concoction.
Pick your favorite pairings. In general, we like to use what’s in season, and pair complementary flavors. In the image above, we feature five of our favorite combinations:
- Cucumber and mint
- Pear and vanilla bean
- Grapefruit and rosemary
- Lemon and thyme
- Orange and basil
There are seemingly endless possibilities, so just with what suits your mood and cravings, whether that’s something citrusy, herbaceous, or mildly sweet.
Experiment with bubbles. While still water infused with fresh ingredients is certainly delightful, we sometimes find that sparkling water can feel like more of a treat. (In fact, we like to make our own bubbly water, which allows us to get just the right amount of fizz.) And just in case you were wondering, carbonated water is just as the bubble-free liquid.
Enjoy whenever you need a pick-me-up. Because you can prepare it in minutes, infused water is perfect for the 3 p.m. slump (that said, if you prefer a more intense flavor, you can let the fruit and herbs mingle with the water for an extended period of time before indulging). Plus, in addition to being refreshing and delicious, it looks pretty in the glass!