Infused Water – A Little Pizzazz for the Summer Months

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Fruit-Infused-Waters-from-Green-BlenderSUMMERTIME Infused Water!

Studies show that kids are not drinking enough water. The United States National Agriculture Library says on average, kids need between 10 to 14 cups of water every day. This water can come from a mix of drinks and foods that contain high amounts of water, such as celery, melons, or tomatoes. It is also recommended that fluids come from water instead of sugary drinks that are high in calories and can lead to weight problems.

We suggest giving your water a little pizzazz by adding a wedge of lime or lemon. This may improve the taste, and you just might drink more water than you usually do.

You can infuse water with any number of herbs, spices, edible flowers, fruit and even vegetables! Here are some ideas:

Herbs: Rosemary, thyme, mint, basil, cilantro, parsley
Spices: Cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, fresh ginger, cloves, vanilla bean
Edible flowers: Rose, lavender, citrus blossoms, hibiscus, pansies, violets (or any that are 100% pesticide free)
Fruit: Berries (fresh or frozen), melon, tropical fruits, citrus, apples, pears
Vegetables: Cucumber, celery, fennel, carrots
Water: Filtered water is great, but if you don’t have a filtration system, tap water is fine too.

You don’t need a ton of fruit or whatever flavoring agent you’re using. But if you do add more, it will produce a stronger flavor and you’ll be able to refill it a few times without it being too bland. As a quick refresher, use fruit that’s ripe, but still firm. You don’t want to use overly ripe fruit or the water won’t last very long and there’s a chance of contamination from mold. It’s also important to keep the water refrigerated or add ice if it’s out on the counter. Insulated bottles also work.

Here are few SUMMERTIME Recipes for the summer months

MANGO MINT INFUSED WATER
Prep time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 6
Ingredients
½ mango, peeled and sliced
1 handful fresh basil, washed well
1-2 quarts water
Instructions
Place in a carafe, jar, or pitcher and fill with water. Refrigerate until ready to drink, at least an hour to allow flavor to infuse the water. Keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge. Can be refilled with water two or three times, or until flavor dissipates.

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CUCUMBER MELON MINT INFUSED WATER

<Ingredients
¼ to ½ large cucumber
2 slices cantaloupe
1 handful fresh mint
1-2 quarts water
Instructions
Place in a carafe, jar, or pitcher and fill with water. Refrigerate until ready to drink, at least an hour to allow flavor to infuse the water. Keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge. Can be refilled with water two or three times, or until flavor dissipates.

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BERRY ROSEMARY

 

Ingredients

1 cup mixed fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)
1 sprig fresh rosemary
Instructions
Place in a carafe, jar, or pitcher and fill with water. Refrigerate until ready to drink, at least an hour to allow flavor to infuse the water. Keeps for 1-2 days in the fridge. Can be refilled with water two or three times, or until flavor dissipates.

10 MORE TASTY INFUSED WATER IDEAS

Orange Chai Spice: sliced oranges, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, allspice
Vanilla Basil Strawberry: vanilla bean (remove seeds first), handful fresh basil, 1 cup sliced strawberries
Fennel Pear: thinly sliced fennel bulb plus a few green fronds, thin slices ripe, but firm pear
Basil Melon: sliced or cubed melon, handful basil leaves
Ginger Lime: sliced fresh ginger, sliced limes
Blueberry Cucumber Basil: handful fresh blueberries, sliced cucumber, handful basil
Lemon Lavender: slices of lemon, a few teaspoons lavender (tie in cheesecloth)
Raspberry Rose: handful of raspberries, organic fresh rose petals
Mango Pineapple Mint: sliced of firm-ripe mango, slices of pineapple, handful fresh mint
Apple Cinnamon: slices green or red apple, a few cinnamon sticks

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The United States Center for Disease Control offers the following tips for people to stay hydrated:

– Carry a water bottle for easy access.

– Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.

– Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This tip can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.

– Choose water instead of other beverages when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.

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