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Fruit-Infused Spa Water

Fruit Infused Spa Water

Keeping the body hydrated is essential to staying healthy as well as for maintaining the moisture level in your skin – important for looking fresh and healthy!

If you find you easily get bored of water, then there’s a better way to quench your thirst: infused waters. They make staying hydrated easy. Think beyond the classic lemon slice in water. You can easily infuse water with a number of different types of fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices – the possibilities are endless!

Infused waters can upgrade the flavor of water without any nutritional drawbacks (like extra calories or sugar). You just let fruit and herbs sit in water for a few hours and voila!

Although fresh juice provides hydration and a lot of vitamins, it is usually a one-time drink whereas by making a large pitcher of infused water, you can drink it all day long. Plus you have the benefit that it is low in calories. One glass of fresh orange juice has 111 calories, versus practically no calories for infused water.

Fruit Infused Spa Water with Cucumber, Lime and Mint

Fruit-Infused Spa Water

Infused water is also nourishing as it absorbs some of the nutritional content from the added fruit. Some nutritionists estimate that you can get as much as 20% of the vitamin content from infused water when compared to freshly squeezed fruit juice – all without the extra calories or fructose. Plus you benefit from an antioxidant boost!

You can start drinking it right away, but you might not notice the flavors until it infuses for a few hours. The longer it sits, obviously the better and stronger the flavor will be.

For infused water, there really isn’t an exact recipe, and there are no right or wrong amounts; it’s all based on your personal taste and what you have on hand. The goal is to simple — make your water a little more exciting. Like a day at the spa!

Ideas for making infused water:

HERBS: rosemary, thyme, sage, tarragon, mint, basil, cilantro, parsley, lavender
SPICES: cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, cloves, cardamom pods
FRUIT: fresh berries, melon, tropical fruits, citrus fruits, apples, pears
VEGETABLES: cucumber, celery, fennel
TEA: green tea, chamomile
WATER: filtered water would be my first choice, however if you don’t have a filtration system, tap water is fine as well.

NOTES: Select fresh organic produce and herbs whenever possible — you want your ingredients to be pesticide-free. For citrus fruit, if you don’t have access to organic produce, simply peel the skin off before infusing. You can also do this to avoid any excess bitterness.

For any of these recipes, you can increase or decrease the ingredients depending on whether you are making infused water in a big glass, water bottle or large pitcher. For 1.5 or more liters of water, plan to use slices from a full piece of fruit.

Cucumber, Mint & Lime Water

My ABSOLUTE favorite — so delicious! Packed with antioxidants, this infused water also benefits from the silica found in cucumbers — one of your skin’s very best friends!

INGREDIENTS:
filtered water
organic cucumber slices
fresh mint
juice from 2 limes

METHOD:
Put all the ingredients in a glass pitcher. Infuse for 1-2 hours at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Keep refrigerated and consume throughout the day.

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Rosemary, Lime & Orange Water

Rosemary contains powerful antioxidants and is believed to improve memory, while orange contains a natural vitamin C.

INGREDIENTS:
filtered water
juice from 2 limes
organic orange slices
sprig of rosemary

METHOD:
Put all the ingredients in a glass pitcher. Infuse for 1-2 hours at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Keep refrigerated and consume throughout the day.

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Grapefruit, Tarragon & Ginger Water

Ginger excellent for your skin health due to its high antioxidant content. Plus, it helps inhibit the breakdown of elastin, important for maintaining young firm skin.

INGREDIENTS:
filtered water
grapefruit slices (rind removed)
sprig of fresh tarragon
slices of fresh peeled ginger (or grated for a stronger flavor)

METHOD:
Cut the rind away from the grapefruit and cut the fruit into slices. Put all the ingredients in a glass pitcher. Infuse for 1-2 hours at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Keep refrigerated and consume throughout the day.

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3 Comments

    • Elle says

      I often drink cucumber and lime water, or even cooled green tea. A couple of my favorites — besides lemon water, of course, but yes, that gets old. ;-)

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