Did you make a New Year’s resolution to drink more water, cut back on soda and sugary drinks or to just generally take better care of yourself?
Sure, it’s easy to say you’ll drink more water. But if you’re like me, unless you’re exercising or sweating in the sun, plain water is a huge bore. So how does one who dislikes water commit to drinking more of it?
Easy. Infused-water (or spa water) is a simple and appealing way to liven up your daily water intake. With just a little prep-time you can have a fun treat that will ease your consumption of water into new heights.
Drink More Water
The easiest hydration recipe tip I have is to slice a lemon in half and squeeze into your cup of water. Voila. Simply squeezing lemon in your water has many health benefits, including boosting your immune system, aiding in digestion, cleansing your system and freshening your breath.
Cut Back on Coffee and/or Sugary Sports Drinks
A great option for an afternoon pick-me-up is to infuse your water with fruit and tea. The tea bag offers a nice flavor boost, while the fruit adds a natural sweetener. Granted, tea isn’t ideal if you’re purely trying to hydrate, but if the goal is to kick sugary drinks or cut back on coffee, this is a great option! Use a green tea for a kick of caffeine that is high in antioxidants. If you need electrolytes to replace a sugary sports drink, try using coconut water or adding a teaspoon of sea salt.
Hydration on the Go
If you’re on the move a lot but want something more exciting than just lemon water, prep a variety of cut fruits, vegetables or herbs at home ahead of time. You can then package them together into small bags for an easy grab-and-go option throughout the week.
Looking for some ideas to get started? Here are 10 easy infused-water flavor combinations:
- Watermelon, cucumber and lime
- Grapefruit and basil
- Strawberry, mint and cucumber
- Lemon and rosemary
- Pineapple and lemon
- Lemon, cucumber and basil
- Pineapple, ginger and mint
- Orange, ginger and lemongrass
- Pineapple, guava and lime
- Kiwi, lime and mint
Give it a try and you just might find yourself cutting out coffee or soda altogether!
What do you think of these spa water ideas? Do you have your own version of spa water at home? What are some of your favorite flavor combinations? Share your thoughts and ideas on spa water below!