Did you know that one of the best ways to detox and flush out toxins is by drinking water. And when you infuse it, you are opting for flavored water which promises the nutrition of the fruits along with the promise of hydration. I have listed 10 recipes for infused water, some of which are my absolute favorites!
10 recipes for infused water
Infused waters are healthy in comparison to the aerated drinks or the flavored drinks that are available in the market. Infused waters are healthier because they are naturally sweet and have no excess calories. What you get is hydration in every refreshing sip. Detox waters, or infused waters, have been proven to help control weight, stave off hunger, boost nutrients, and help support memory, brain function, energy, immunity and more!
Here are some easy recipes for infused water that you can include in your daily life.
Ginger Lemon Cooler
This one needs to steep for a minimum of two hours before you consume it. Take a glass of water. Squeeze the juice of half a lime and add roughly half an inch of grated ginger to it. Mix well. Let the ginger settle down and then drink it in small sips. Most people like to kickstart the day with this drink and when you do, it sure does rev up the metabolism! And it is a very good way to cleanse your system from accumulated toxins.
Watermelon & Mint
With the onset of summer, watermelons are going to available in abundance! While you can consume watermelon as a fruit or make a juice out of it, the benefits will still be the same. But there is that added flavor when you make an infused water melon cooler. Take a big jug that can hold about 1.5 liters of water. Add about 200 gms of cubed watermelon. Add a handful of mint leaves. Let it steep for at least 3 hours before you consume it. Store it in the refrigerator and have it chilled.
Strawberry Lemon & Mint
Strawberries is a superfood and there is no doubt that with the anti-oxidants it is packed with, helps you boost your metabolism and flush out the toxins. To make the strawberry and mint infused drink, slice in a few strawberries and add a few sprigs of mint leaves in a pitcher. Let it steep for at least 6 hours for the flavors to blend with the water. If you tear the mint leaves when you add them, you’ll have an extra minty flavor. Store it in the refrigerator and have it chilled.
This one is super simple! All you need to do is slice 2 cucumbers in a jug f water. Do not peel the skin of the cucumber when you soak it in water but ensure that you have washed it thoroughly. You can add mint leaves and lime wedges for an extra tangy taste.
Rasberry, Cherry, Ginger and Lemons
It is the season of raspberries, so make the best use of it. Slice in a few raspberries, grate some ginger, add some diced some lemon wedges and add a few springs of mint leaves to a pitcher of water. Let it steep for at least 12 hours before you consume it. Please note that it is best to use fresh raspberries than frozen ones for this infused drink.
Apple, Lemon & Cinnamon
This actually makes a pretty flavourful drink! In a jug of water, add slices of apple and 2 inches of cinnamon bark. Let it steep for at least 12 hours before you consume. This is a perfect after meal drink because cinnamon is an excellent aid in digestion.
Pomegranate Infused Water
Peel a pomegranate and add the seeds in the water with a few mint leaves. If you want a variation, add some slices of oranges to the water. Let it steep overnight and have it first thing in the morning to give your metabolism some boost.
Cucumber, Oranges and Kiwi
Cucumbers are a known diet staple. They are extremely low in calories, and their skin contains tons of vitamins and minerals for your body to benefit from. Add some sliced kiwis, diced cucumbers (with the skin), Sliced oranges to the jug of water and let it steep for 6 hours. You can drink this with meals for easy digestion.
Chia and Lemon Water
Lime is a soothing, cleansing ingredient. Chia seeds are one of the preferred ingredients when it comes to detox. It can be added to smoothies, cereal and more! Chia seeds help to stabilize blood sugar, boost weight loss, and keep your hydration levels up all through the day! Those who love to diet swear by the properties of chia seeds that helps to keep hunger at bay. You will need to soak the chia seeds overnight as they expand to almost 10 times of their original size. Once the seeds are bloomed, add a few lemon wedges, steep for an hour and sip it through the day.
Pineapple, Oranges, Kiwi and Pomegranate
One of my favorites! Slice up a few pineapple cubes, add a handful of pomegranate seeds, half a sliced kiwi an some sliced oranges with the skin. Tear a few mint leaves and add to a jug of water. Stir well and let it steep for a few hours. Sip it through the day for refreshment!
Some questions on Recipes for Infused Water
HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP FRUIT IN WATER?
You need to infuse the fruits for at least four hours before you consume the water. I love to infuse it overnight because I find the flavors more potent when they are infused overnight. The flavor lasts depends on the type of fruit and herbs you have used to infuse the water. Basil, for example, only lasts for three days while cucumbers and lemon lasts up to one day. Be sure to consume it within 24 hours of infusing the water.
HOW DO YOU MAKE THE INFUSED WATER?
- Drop ingredients in the bottom of a glass jug/pitcher or a bottle.
- Cover with ice about 1/2 way through.
- Fill till top of the jug with the water.
- You can refill the pitcher at least twice or before the water begins to lose flavor.
WATER & VESSELS
Use cold distilled water or boil water and cool it to retain the nutrition of the ingredients you will use. It is advisable to use glass jugs and pitchers to make these infused drinks. Avoid making these infused in drinks in steel/plastic or copper jugs.
These are some of my favorite 10 recipes for infused water. What are some of your favorite fruit or veggie infused drinks? Share it with me in the comments!