Drinking water is essential for health. The body needs it for all its processes and a lack of it can cause serious problems including organ failure. The body is always losing water through sweating, waste removal or even breathing and it must be replaced to avoid dehydration.
Necessary but tasteless
While many people know that it is important to drink water, they don’t… and the main reason is that it is tasteless. The good news is that there are healthy ways to make water taste better so that you can drink as much as the body needs.
- Tarragon-cucumber water which is made with thinly sliced cucumber and fresh tarragon which has been gently pressed with a spatula or wooden spoon to release its flavor. Chill in the fridge before serving.
- Lime-cucumber-watermelon water made with sweet watermelon and refreshing lime and cucumber. Mix the three with water and let them infuse overnight. Then, remove the watermelon chunks and lime before pouring into a glass.
- Basil-grapefruit water pairs sweet basil with the mild, less acidic taste of grapefruit. Bruise the fresh basil leaves then steep in water for two hours before adding grapefruit. Chill for another two hours before drinking.
- Mint, cucumber, apple and strawberry water is delicious and refreshing. Slice some cucumber, apple, and strawberries. Bruise some mint with a spatula and put it together with the fruits and water. Chill for an hour to allow flavors to infuse.
- Rosemary-lemon water is as tasty as it is fragrant. Release the flavor in rosemary sprigs by gently pressing them and put them in a pitcher before adding water. Add thick slices of lemon and chill for at least two hours before drinking.
- Sweet pepper water is refreshing and unexpected. Sweet peppers have an invigorating flavor and are full of water-soluble vitamin C. Wash, halve and remove seeds from green, red and yellow pepper and put them in a pitcher. Add water and chill for at least four hours.
- Lemon-pineapple water is sweet, acidic, refreshing and full of vitamin C. Cut pineapple in cubes and lemon in thin slices then add water and chill.
Other tasty combinations you can try are:
8. Honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
9. Raspberry, blueberries, and strawberries.
10. Orange, lemon and lime water.
Taste and preference
The aim of infusing water with fruits and herbs is to make water taste better and to get nutrients like vitamin C and protective antioxidants. Feel free to experiment with other fruits and herbs. You should also use them in the quantities that give you the taste that you like.
Preserve infused water in the fridge to keep it fresh. When using citrus fruits, do use a little rind for added flavor but beware that if left for too long, citrus fruit rind can make the water taste bitter. Consume infused water in two or three days. Carry some when you are leaving the house and keep sipping on it. You can also make popsicles.