Follow These Watering Flavor Tips To Stay hydrated
The dog days of summer are upon us. It’s more important now than ever to stay hydrated. The best way to accomplish this is by drinking lots of water but everyone knows drinking water can be boring. The problem is when we get really thirsty, plain old water sounds really boring and tasteless so your mind will start playing tricks about drinking an energy drink or soda full of sugar. Not only will this pile up the calories, spike your sugar rush which provides temporary energy before a crash (not good) but it can also effect your sleep and overall health. Below are some easy ways to spike your water like the day spas do so it tastes good and most importantly, you stay hydrated!
Lemon and Cucumber
In a gallon pitcher, place 3 slices of lemon and 3 slices of cucumber in the bottom. Fill with filtered water. For best flavor, place in fridge for at least one hour (4 hours or overnight is ideal).
Watermelon,Cucumber and Lime
This is not only an refreshing drink to stay hydrated but can also be used as a post workout. Watermelon helps make the water taste sweet and is full of antioxidants that will help with muscle recovery post workout. Cucumbers are full of vitamin K which studies have shown helps to reduce inflammation. To make, in a one gallon pitcher, add one cup of peeled and cubed seeded watermelon, one sliced cucumber and one sliced lime. Place in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the watermelon and lime, serve.
A Hotel Del Cornado Spa Favorite
Ever been to the Hotel Del? If not, you should plan a trip soon, it’s a great place to visit. At Christmas they even have an ice skating rink – on the beach with temperatures hitting the high 70’s! The Del-icious was created by spa supervisor Janette Logan . “The locally harvested mint from our herb garden is used to increase blood flow and relieve inflammation,” Logan says. “Strawberries are used for their high vitamin content and pleasing taste, while cucumbers have a natural cooling property.” To prepare, slice one cucumber, slice one apple and quarter 10 strawberries. Place fresh mint in a container and muddle it slightly with a spatula or the back of a wooden spoon to release its flavor. Add the ingredients to 64 ounces of water. Refrigerate for one hour and then serve over ice.
Pineapple and lemon water
Nothing spells summer more than fresh pineapple. Mixed with lemon it combines a fantastic taste between sweet and acidic that is refreshing and full of vitamin C antioxidants. In a gallon pitcher, place 2 cups of cubed pineapple and one sliced lemon in the bottom. Fill with filtered water and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Rosemary and Lemon Water
I love Rosemary, especially on lamb. I never thought of putting it in water until I ran across this website and found the recipe. Try it, you’ll be glad I posted – Recipe for a 32 oz Ball jar: 1 small lemon with the rind cut off. Slice into thirds and combine with a stalk of fresh rosemary, then chill in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight.
Cutting the rind off of the lemon is key to this recipe. Lemon rind can taste slightly bitter and acidic if not paired with sweet fruit such as berries or melon. In this case, since the rosemary brings its own herbal zing to the party, it’s important to cut the lemon rinds off so that the naturally sweet flavor of lemon flesh can shine through.
There are many more recipes online to add flavor to your water but these are my go to’s and help me stay hydrated without drinking a bunch of unhealthy sugars and syrups. Give them all a try, you’ll be glad you did!
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