Give your H2O a delicious upgrade with these healthy infused water recipes.

By Sharon Feiereisen
July 02, 2019
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We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, yet most nutritionists agree, we’re just not drinking enough water. Our bodies are composed of about 60 percent water, and it’s essential that we maintain this balance to stay healthy and keep our organs functioning properly. 

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However, drinking the recommended 64 ounces (or so) of water a day can feel like a lot! Saying you hate drinking water isn't an option—it’s too important and there are plenty of easy solutions. Flavored waters or seltzers that don't contain added salt, sugars, or preservatives can help you meet your daily water intake. Another way to stay hydrated is with homemade infused waters, which are a healthy—and affordable—alternative and require no kitchen skills. Nutritionist Janine Whiteson recommends purchasing a fruit infuser that makes whipping up flavored water recipes at home easy. “They’re fairly inexpensive and most hold at least 32 ounces of water, are easy to clean and are super user friendly,” she says. Here are a few to try:

  • Prodyne FI-3 Fruit Infusion Flavor Pitcher, 2.9 qt ($18.98; amazon.com)
  • Hydracy Fruit Infuser 32-oz Water Bottle, ($17.97; amazon.com)
  • Bevgo Fruit Infuser 32-oz Water Bottle, ($15.97; amazon.com)

Now that you’ve got your fruit infuser sorted, here are six healthy and delicious infused water recipes to help you stay hydrated.

1
Rosemary, strawberry, and ginger water infusion

“This infused water recipe tastes incredible and the combination of rosemary and strawberry add a touch of sweetness without any sugar. Rosemary and ginger improve digestion and reduce nausea. They both have anti-inflammatory properties. Strawberries are very high in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and helps to produce more collagen,” says Neda Varbanova, founder of Healthy with Nedi.

To make: Combine 3 to 4 branches of rosemary, 1 cup sliced strawberries, and ginger chopped into chunks in a pitcher of water.

2
Mint, cucumber, and lemon water infusion

“This is a classic and always refreshing combination. Fresh mint improves mood and energy levels. Cucumber is known to boost hydration, and lemon aids digestion,” says Varbanova.

To make: Combine a handful of fresh mint leaves, 1/2 cucumber thinly sliced, and the juice of 1/2 lemon in a pitcher of water.

3
Mint, lemon, and grapefruit water infusion

“I call this my de-bloat water,” Whiteson says. “This combination will flush toxins out of your system, fill you up, and release excess salt from your cells. Mint eases digestion, helps with mental awareness, and helps your metabolism. Lemon is a great antioxidant for heart health, prevents kidney stones, and helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar. Grapefruit reduces appetite, is great for your heart, helps lower blood pressure, and reduces the risk of stroke.”

To make: In a pitcher, add the fresh juice of one grapefruit and one lemon or lime, a large cucumber cut into slices, and a large handful of mint.

4
Hibiscus, lemon, and honey water infusion

“This is an incredible antioxidant-fighting combination that will work to control blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and help with liver function,” says Whiteson.

To make: Steep hibiscus flowers for a few minutes in boiling water, add a few slices of lemons and a few teaspoons of raw honey.

5
Citrus and cucumber water infusion

“This is a hydrating combination that also aids digestion and skin quality,” says Whiteson.

To make: Combine 1/2 large cucumber, a medium lemon, a medium lime and a medium orange in a pitcher.

6
Turmeric water infusion

“Turmeric decreases inflammation, may protect against cancers, and boosts the immune system,” says Whiteson.

To make: Boil 4 cups of water, add 2 teaspoons of turmeric and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Pour into a large container and add 2 teaspoons of raw honey and lemon.

 

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