Infused Water: Simple, Delicious, & BEAUTIFUL! July 3, 2018
Hydrate like a pro with our refreshingly simple infused water ideas.
Let’s talk about our good old friend, H20.
We cook with the stuff, shower in it, and guzzle it down after a long run. Sparkling or flat, loaded with ice or lukewarm, water is the classic thirst-quencher as old as time itself. And if you haven’t already heard, it’s super important to hydrate properly, especially during the scorching summer months. After all, our bodies are made up of 60% water. This means we have to down a heck of a lot of it to make up for what’s lost daily (and by a “heck of a lot,” we mean eight glasses).
“To put it in perspective, you need to drink four 16-oz glasses of water or 2.5 large water bottles per day,” explains HelloFresh’s in-house dietitian, Rebecca Lewis. “That may seem like a lot of water, but it’s worth it for your overall health, energy levels, and waistline. Oftentimes, when you feel hungry, it’s really just your body sending a signal that you’re dehydrated.”
The only bad part? It tastes like, well, nothing.
Fortunately, we’ve come up with some refreshingly tasty and unbelievably easy infused water ideas to jazz up those tasteless drinks without adding extra sugar, calories, or artificial flavors. Added bonus: they’re GORGEOUS. Is #Instadrink a thing? Let’s get it trending, people.
How to do it:
1. Place your herbs at the bottom of a glass container. Use a wooden spoon or muddler to tear and crush them, releasing their natural extracts and oils.
2. Add your washed fruits and veggies. Halve or quarter softer fruits like strawberries while thinly slicing tougher ones such as apples.
3. Add cold or room temperature filtered water.
Ta da! You’re done. How easy was that?
Some extra tips…
- Infused water can stay out of the refrigerator for a max of two hours. After that, there’s a risk of bacterial growth, so it’s best to store in the fridge.
- Unpeeled citrus lends a bitter taste to water after four hours, so if you’re planning to make a big batch to last the afternoon, peel off the skin before infusing.
- Want to save the water for the next day? No problem! Strain out the solids before refrigerating for two to three days.
Our favorite infused water combinations:
When it comes to adding fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices to your water, you can’t go wrong. Mix and match to your liking, testing out a variety of refreshing combinations. Get the kids involved, too – they’ll love it! Here are some of our personal favorites:
1. Blueberries and Lemon
2. Cucumbers, Lemon, and Basil
3. Grapefruit and Rosemary
4. Raspberries, Lime, and Mint
5. Strawberries, Mint, and Lemon
If you liked these infused waters, we have a feeling you’re going to love this watermelon mint julep recipe.