Getting bored with the same eight glasses of water each and every day in an effort to stay hydrated and possibly lose some weight? Let’s face it, drinking water gets boring. It’s time to jazz it up and put a new spin on the beverage that is so important to our lives.
From fresh cut herbs to raw fruit, your water can get sassy while helping you keep healthy, hydrated and fit all year long.
Here are a few water recipes that taste great and help flatten your belly. All recipes make two quarts of water, unless otherwise specified. Be sure to add ice and refrigerate for about two hours so that the flavours infuse.
Great for any season or meal, fresh strawberries and basil make a wonderful combination of flavours that are sure to get your taste buds yearning for more.
Wash and dry approximately eight fresh basil leaves. Scrunch them together to help release the flavour. Then combine the leaves with three cups of washed and sliced (in half) strawberries. Slowly muddle the water, strawberries and basil with a wooden spoon. Add ice and let the mixture refrigerate for about two hours so that the flavours infuse. Serve when chilled and flavourful.
This delightful mixture combines fresh cored and sliced apples with cinnamon sticks and cloves. Why sip on sugary cider, when you can make your own spicy water that contains zero calories.
Wash and core five large apples and slice them into thin slices. Use a cinnamon stick for every apple used. Add the apples and cinnamon sticks to the water and sit in the refrigerator for two hours or more to get the flavours to infuse properly. Serve with ice and enjoy this crisp apple drink.
For something a little off-the-wall, try spicy water that has been chilling for a day or more. Get those taste buds standing at attention with this wonderful accompaniment to any Mexican meal.
Wash and peel two large cucumbers into thinly sliced pieces. Wash and seed two jalapeno peppers and slice them in half. Add the peppers and cucumber slices to the water and mix gently with ice. For more flavour-enhanced water, be sure to let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours so that infusion takes place. Serve with tortilla chips and salsa and you’ve got yourself a fiesta.
This kind of peach pie won’t do damage to your hips. While still offering a harvest rich medley of flavour, you will feel hydrated and surprisingly full after drinking a glass of peach pie.
Wash six peaches – pit and slice. Wedges are fine or you can slice in thinner pieces. Add the peach slices to the water and stir with a wooden spoon. Crush two vanilla beans with the back of a spoon and stir them into the peach and water mixture. Allow the ingredients to refrigerate for at least two hours so that the flavours infuse.
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