Now that we’re in the throes of the summer heat, we know how important it is to stay hydrated. The best (and most obvious) way to do that is to drink water.
“Ugh…Not more water,” you may say. ”It’s boring, uninspiring, and flavorless.”
You may prefer the sweet taste of juice, the fizziness of soda, or even the caffeine jolt you get from coffee. While it’s okay to have all of those drinks in moderation, they aren’t usually as hydrating or beneficial to your body as Mother Nature’s elixir.
If you fall into the category of people who find regular water to be, well, a little dull, there’s hope in naturally flavored water recipes.
When talking about flavored waters, I’m not referring to the bottled stuff that you’ll find on grocery store shelves (that often has artificial sweeteners and chemicals), but rather to water that you flavor yourself. While the options and combinations for flavoring your water are endless, most flavored waters have fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, or a combination of all three.
I’ve often been inspired by the large glass carafe of flavored waters that my friend and colleague Jeanne Rossomme brings to summer potlucks. She often adds chunks of watermelon, slices of lemons, limes and oranges, dried flowers and teas, fresh ginger, or some combination of these. Invariably, the whole crowd, including the kids, flock to drink her refreshing creations.
Here are flavored water recipes that sound especially delicious and refreshing from some of my favorite food bloggers:
I could drink a whole vat of this cucumber citrus spa water from my friend Kristen of Dine & Dish.
Pineapple Mint Infused Spa Water from Sidewalk Shoes just screams “SUMMER!!”
Mango Lime Coolers created by Linda Wolpert, The Scramble’s photographer and customer service maven. (Note: This recipe is not sugar free.)
These fizzy Cucumber Basil Spritzers from Healthy Delicious would be perfect for a party (these also have a touch of sugar).
If you drink first with your eyes, you’ll head straight for this Rainbow Citrus Infused Water from The Pretty Bee.
For a more fall-like flavor, enjoy this Apple-Cinnamon-Cranberry Water (with ginger, too!) from Art and the Kitchen.
While we’ve suggested the combinations above, don’t feel like you need to follow a recipe. You can use a little trial and error with your favorite fresh produce and tweak as you go.
Speaking of “on the go,” one product that makes flavored water easy to transport is the Define Bottle (which was created by a 13-year-old)! It’s great to take along to camp, workouts, or just a day at the pool or the park.
Not only are flavored waters refreshing, tasty, and hydrating, but they’re also pretty, which can make them more tempting to indulge in. They’re great for entertaining and are much more exciting, healthy, and earth-friendly than bottled water.