Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hydration Time

With the temperatures rising and all the outdoor activities to be enjoyed this summer, we all need to keep hydrated.  My husband and I are huge water fans and can never seem to keep the Brita full.  However, I know for some it is more of a task to get the recommended amount of water everyday.  Plus, how many kids do you know say water is "bor-ring" especially with all those fun bright colored juice boxes and "refreshing" sodas?  Or how about the MiO Liquid Water Enhancer which contains artificial sweeteners.  Do people really like that stuff and should kids really be drinking it?  


I knew there had to be a better option.  With so many wonderful summer fruits available at the grocery store, why not make your own infused, naturally sweetened waters.  These infused waters are not only delicious but the bright summer colors of the fruit swimming in my glass puts a smile on my face.  They are so simple to make that kids can help too.  While I have only three of my favorite infused waters listed there are so many other combinations of fruits and herbs to use.   

Hopefully this week's post will keep everyone happy and hydrated!



Blueberry-Lemon Infused Water



Ingredients
1/4 cup blueberries
1 lemon wedge
12 ounces water

Place the blueberries in a 12 ounce jar or reusable water bottle.  Slightly muddle the blueberries. Squeeze the lemon and drop the wedge in the jar.  Fill with water.  Place the lid on the jar and refrigerate overnight or enjoy immediately.






Raspberry-Mint Infused Water



Ingredients
1/4 cup raspberries
3-5 mint leaves, slapped and torn in half
12 ounces water

Place the raspberries and mint in a 12 ounce jar or reusable water bottle.  Slightly muddle the raspberries and mint.  Fill the jar with water.  Place the lid on the jar and refrigerate overnight or enjoy immediately.







Cucumber-Orange Infused Water



Ingredients
3-5 cucumbers slices
1 orange slice
12 ounces water

Place the cucumbers in a 12 ounce jar or reusable water bottle.  Squeeze the orange slice into the jar and drop the slice in.  Slightly muddle the cucumbers and orange.  Fill the jar with water.  Place the lid on the jar and refrigerate overnight or enjoy immediately.