By Louise Matthews
Drinking water may promote weight loss by speeding up metabolism, according to a study published in the journal Obesity. And skimping on fluids can take a toll on your mood, too. That may sound like no big deal, but recent studies have linked mild dehydration to fatigue, anxiety, poor concentration, and even your cranky midday slump.
Water infused with fruit or vegetables has its roots in Spanish cuisine. It is also known as aguas frescas. The flavor is light and delicious. It is not quite as heavy as a juice, but not as plain as water, either.
Fresh fruit infused waters are easy to make. Slice up some fruit (or veggies or herbs – but more on that later), place it in a pitcher, add cold water and chill for a few hours. Pour over ice, garnish with a piece of fruit and enjoy.
The flavors can be as simple as a single fruit flavor, or made more complex by adding complimentary fruit flavors. Typically non-sparkling water is used, but you may also wish to make variations using sparkling waters or distilled/purified water. Fruit infused water keeps in the refrigerator for several days.
Here are three fun–and affordable–ways to spice up your H2O:
Ms Prissy Sassy Water
2 liters water
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 small peppermint leaves
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight. Strain the pitcher the next morning and drink all of the flavored water the next day. Bonus: The ingredients in this recipe help de-bloat your belly!
Fruity Hooty H2O
2 liters water
1/2 bunch basil, mint or tarragon
½ cup grapes or strawberries
1 orange peeled
1 cup watermelon
Combine water with the above ingredients in these combinations: Strawberry-orange-basil; watermelon-mint; grape-tarragon. If the fruit requires peeling (such as melons), peel first and then slice; berries and grapes can be used whole. Herbs can be either torn or tossed in whole. Infuse the water in the refrigerator overnight, allowing the herbs and fruits to remain for a more intense flavor.
Lemon Herb Inspired Spa Water
· 6 cups chilled still spring or mineral water
· 12 thin slices cucumber
· 4 thin slices lemon
· 4 sprigs (each 2 in. long) fresh mint, slightly crushed
· 2 sprigs (each 2 in. long) fresh rosemary, slightly crushed
In a 2- to 2 1/2-quart pitcher, combine water, cucumber, lemon, mint, and rosemary. Serve, or cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. Add ice cubes just before serving.
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