You know you should drink more water. Studies show even mild dehydration can decrease memory and brain function, depress your mood, and decrease your energy levels. But, don’t you get tired of plain water? I do. Infused water is easy to make and is a great way break the boredom and stay energized.
Infused water is simply water that includes fruits, vegetables, and herbs for added flavor. The following infused water ideas are also great for losing weight and burning more fat, getting in more water during the day to stay hydrated and helping to keep energy up.
Apple and Cinnamon
Both apples and cinnamon are good ingredients to use when you want to burn more fat. Cold water also happens to be good for burning fat and calories and increasing your energy levels throughout the day. So make this infused water the night before, keep the pitcher in the fridge, and you will be ready to turn yourself into a fat-burning machine with delicious water. All you need to do is add some sliced apples to the bottom of the pitcher, being sure no seeds are present, then add one cinnamon stick. This is much better than artificial sweeteners or powdered sugar in water so it doesn’t cause clogs or clumps in the water. Let it sit overnight with filtered water and that’s it!
Berry and Lemon
For this infused water, you can use any berries you want. Most berries are good for burning fat and contain a lot of antioxidants. Both blueberries and strawberries also happen to be superfoods, which is even better for you. You can also try other types of berries, like raspberries and blackberries. Place the berries at the bottom of the pitcher and add some lemon slices for more detox potential. Fill it with filtered water and leave in the fridge overnight. You can also add some ice on top of the fruit to release the flavors and keep the water nice and cold.
Watermelon and Mint
Many infused waters also contain herbs, which provide more flavor and nutrients at the same time. This infused water is super simple and tastes mostly like the watermelon slices you add, but you are also going to have some mint flavor in there too. Avoid the seeds, if it isn’t seedless, and use slices that don’t have a lot of rind on them. This allows you to get as much fruit flavor as possible. Add some muddled mint at the bottom, cover with ice, then fill with water.
My absolute favorite infused water is cucumber! It reminds me of the spa and is relaxing and calming to me. You can use regular or English cucumbers, which have virtually no seeds. A regular cucumber seems to have a thicker skin so I, peel it. English cucumbers, usually come in a plastic shrink-wrap, have a thinner skin and so I simply wash and slice them. I place 4-6 slices in the bottom of my glass infused water bottle, fill with filtered water and leave in the fridge overnight. I can then just grab and go in the morning!
When making your infused water, try to use fresh and organic fruit whenever possible. You can also add slices of vegetables and herbs as needed for more nutrients and added flavor.
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