Why should I drink infused water? It’s fun and refreshing! The taste is subtle and not sticky sugary like juice, so you are not loading up on sugar, making it easier to drink more of them. Most people enjoy the taste of fruit waters, making them more likely to drink more water and they are an easy way to add variety to regular water.
To make fruit infused water, add desired fresh sliced (and peeled) fruits to a glass of water, a 1/2 gallon, or a whole gallon of water. For best flavor, leave at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors of the fruit infuse into the water. If you drink the water within the first day, you can add more filtered water and re-infuse to get a second use out of the fruits and herbs.
These recipes are for a glass of water:
” Antioxidant Infused Water” Organic Ingredients: (by Gwen Eager for Garden of Life)
1 sliced strawberry 6 grapes (cut in half & various colors) 2 slices lime 8 ounces of pure water
1. Place the sliced strawberry, cut grapes and lime slices in a glass and fill with 8 ounces of water.
2. Let infuse for at least 5 minutes. Enjoy!
Hydration: 3 cucumber slices, 2 lemon slices, 4 sprigs cilantro, 8 ounces of pure water
Digestion: ¼ cup cubed pineapple, 4 slices ginger root, 6 mint leaves, 8 ounces of pure water
Detox: 1 slice grapefruit (cut in half), 2 sprigs rosemary, 8 ounces of pure water
These recipes are for a 1/2 gallon of water:
(From Wellness Mama)
Cucumber Mint: Thinly slice one cucumber. Peel if it isn’t organic! Add the sliced cucumbers to a 1/2 gallon glass jar, add 8 fresh mint leaves, muddled, and fill with filtered water. Stir gently and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Pineapple Mint: Peel and thinly slice about 1/4 of a pineapple. The more thinly sliced the pineapple, the more flavor it will infuse. Add to a 1/2 gallon size glass jar with 10-12 leaves of fresh mint, muddled. Add filtered water to fill and stir until well mixed. Store in refrigerator.
Strawberry Lemon: Like strawberry lemonade, but better! Add 15 fresh strawberries, washed and finely sliced to a 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add one sliced lemon with rind on. Fill with water. Let sit 4 hours (to overnight) in fridge and enjoy.
Mango Pineapple: Peel and thinly slice one fresh mango. Add to 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and filtered water and allow to infuse in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before drinking.
content from gardenoflife.com used with permission