Drinking water every day is important. Keeping hydrated can have a major impact on your overall health. It keeps you fresh, cool and energetic. However, sometimes it feels boring to drink the same taste water again and again. What if, water is infused with daily required minerals and vitamins, these days we are all busy in our daily life and have no time to eat a good diet. We see a lot of fast food chains but no natural fruit or juice chains.
If you get tired of plain water and want to infuse your drinks, here are the best fruits and vegetables to use on the go:
Grapefruit – rich in phytonutrients, vitamin A and C
Grapes – contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and resveratrol
Lemons – low in calories and good for our immune system
Strawberries – rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and add sweetness
Raspberries – full of fiber and vitamins
Cucumbers – contain B vitamins and anti-cancer components
Limes – aid in digestion and contain antioxidants
Oranges – rich in vitamin C and sweet
Carrots – rich in vitamin K, C, E, and potassium
Many nutritionists say that infusing water with fruit or vegetables does have great benefits and adds value to your drink. They say it is better to consume water that is flavored with fresh fruit and vegetables than water flavored through other means. The water with the real fruit and vegetables will have more nutrients in it.
Strawberries and citrus fruits are the best options when it comes to infusing because when squeezed, they release vitamins into the water.
There is a rainbow of fruit and vegetables to choose from, so make a list of your favorites including some that you have never tried before, and when your daily water intake starts to become a bore – try giving it a healthy jolt with something on that list.
Fruit-infused waters are a wonderful and refreshing drink option for summer when the sun is out, TV commercials will try to convince you that only soda and processed drinks are thirst-quenching enough for summer. Of course, you probably already know better, but sometimes it is nice to have an alternative to plain water
Why Fruit Infused Water?
1. Better Flavor
I personally prefer the subtle flavors of infused water to the overly sweet flavor of most juices. Unlike juice, the flavor is gentle and very refreshing. There’s a reason high-end restaurants and spas serve infused waters like these.
2. Less Sugar
Most fruit juice also contains a lot of sugar. Even without added sugar, juice is a source of naturally occurring sugars and it is better to consume fruit whole so that you get the fiber, which helps slow down sugar absorption.
Fruit-infused waters contain much of the flavor (or more) of fruit juices without the sugar, making it easier to drink more. Most people enjoy the taste of fruit waters, making them more likely to drink more water.
4. Give It Time
For best flavor, it takes at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors of the fruit infuse into the water.
You can re-infuse once to get a second use out of the fruits and herbs, the balance can be used to make manure or if your life eat it to your taste requirements.
Infused Water Recipes
Here are some of my favorite herb- and fruit-infused water recipes you may like: There are dried options too which are have similar effects to water if you are not having fresh in your kitchen.
1. Cucumber Mint
Thinly slice one cucumber. Add the sliced cucumbers to a 1 ltr glass jar, add 8 crushed fresh mint leaves, and fill with filtered water. Stir gently and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
2. Citrus Grapes
Add two slice of oranges and 1 cup of grapes to a 1ltr size glass jar. Add filtered water to fill the jar and stir gently. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and store in refrigerator.
3. Pineapple Mint
4. Watermelon Basil
5. Strawberry Lemon
6. Mango Pineapple
7. Pineapple Basil
You can create your own with more innovations and add daily requirement dose of vitamins and Minerals to your body..