Water is essential to our existence and wellbeing. As adults our bodies consist of more than 50% water and children have even more water in their bodies. Despite water being vital to maintaining our well-being, many people don’t like the natural taste of water. A healthy alternative is to jazz up your water jug with fruit infused water. To inspire you, here are some infused water recipes.
Homemade flavoured water
There are no strict rules for creating fruit infused water and you can experiment with the quantities to create your own ideal flavour. When creating your water simply add the ingredients and stir gently to help them release the flavour and then place your jug in the fridge for a restorative top-up whenever you need it.
The health boost
Cucumber is a natural detoxifier and is a great ingredient in any infused water recipe. It goes particularly well with berries and makes an ideal accompaniment to any meal. To create your own version, add equal quantities of shaved cucumber to berries and place in your water jug. Then add cold water. You can experiment with both quantities to find your perfect flavour.
A berry feast
Children love berries and adding them to water is a great way to encourage them to top up with water on a daily basis. Choose a selection of strawberries, raspberries and strawberries. Strawberries are slightly sweeter than the other two berries so if you are creating a drink for kids, increase your quantity of strawberries.
A great way to start your day is with a combination of grapefruit and cucumber infused water Grapefruit is also high in antioxidants and has many health benefits including promoting heart health and improving appetite control. It may even boost your immune system. So feel free to add it to your water and enjoy!
If you love all things citrus and want a refreshing drink at any time of the day then add handfuls of lime, lemon and orange to your water. Not only will you get a dose of vitamin C, it’s also a great thirst quencher after a workout!
A mint blast
Mint is a refreshing addition to any fruit infused water recipe. It goes particularly well with pineapple. When mixing this recipe, be aware that a small amount of mint can quickly create a strong flavour, so add a few leaves at a time to your water until you are happy with the flavour. To add an extra boost to this recipe (and some great colour), throw in a handful of raspberries.
Summertime is Mango time in South Africa and the unique flavour of mango adds an exotic touch to any water recipe. A great combination is equal quantities of mango, blueberries and pineapple.
A ginger twist
Ginger is a healthy addition to your water. Ginger is renowned for having many healing properties including treating nausea (especially morning sickness) and helping to treat indigestion. To give your water a ginger twist, add some shavings of ginger to handfuls of pineapple and blueberries.
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