We’re always trying to find easy ways to put more nutrition and healthy living into our lives. It’s hard to be a fitness and wellness rockstar, but it’s actually pretty easy to at least make an effort.
A really hot, easy, and healthy trend is infused water. We did the grapefruit and mint water this morning.
- I bought a nice big water jug like this one. There are some affordable plastic ones, but I like glass because it’s easier to get it really clean and sanitized. Plastic can retain odor and stains. Yuck.
- I cut up three red grapefruit and squeezed the juice into the jug, then dumped the grapefruit in.
- I cut up and crushed about 25 mint leaves. Crushing the leaves helps release the wonderful mint oil, therefore increasing flavor and nutritional value.
- I then emptied two one-gallon jugs of Ozarka Spring Water into it (about a dollar a jug at Walmart) and added a few cups of crushed ice.
- I put the jug on the kitchen counter-top and we’ve all been filling our glasses every time we walk past. Another option (and the reason I bought that particular jug) is putting it on your tall shelf in the fridge.
I went to the store and looked for what’s on sale before deciding what flavor to do today. The key to doing this frugally and effectively is working with fruit that’s in season.
Also, if you are going to use a lot of mint, rosemary, or basil, consider buying the plants at your local nursery or a place like Home Depot of Walmart and re-potting them. It’s quick and easy. They’re about $4 or less per plant, are easy to keep alive, and will give you months of free herb!
We try to use fresh herbs and fruits/veggies usually, but in some of these recipes/images, frozen berries were used.
I’ve scoured the internet for the best recipes I could find. Below are some great ways to get more hydration into your life, and with the bonus of some awesome natural flavors and nutrients, you’re off to a better start every day!
1. Cucumber, Mint, and Lemon OR Lemon and Watermelon
2. Fresh Ginger, Lemon, and Mint
3. Grapefruit and Mint
4. Mango, Lemon, and Pineapple
A photo posted by Hanna Falk (@frokenfalk1) on
5. Kiwi, Blueberry, and Mint (with maybe a sugared rim!) — looks like this writer used coconut water, too….OMG
6. Blueberry and Lemon
Fruit unused water for days! See my recipe over on the Free People blog #bldg25blog and be sure to follow me over at @freepeopleaustralia www.blog.freepeople.com
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7. Strawberry, Lemon, and Mint
8. Add Basil To Any Flavored Water
9. Green Apple, Cucumber, and Mint
10. Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber, and Mint
11. Blueberry and Lavender (recipe)
12. The picture says it all — get creative!
13. Strawberry and Cucumber
14. Apple and Mint
15. Strawberry and Orange Slices
16. Cucumber and Watermelon
17. Watermelon and Rosemary
18. Pomegranate Seeds and Lemon (LOVE it in these glasses, too!)
19. Lime and Orange (love this carafe, too!)
20. Raspberry, Strawberry, and Mint
21. Apple and Cinnamon Stick
22. Blueberry and Orange
23. Honeydew, Mint, and Lime
24. Watermelon and Mint
25. Mango and Ginger
26. Raspberry and Orange
27. Blueberry, Raspberry, and Lemon (recipe)
28. Peach and Mint (recipe)
29. Lemon and Blackberry
30. Cinnamon, Pear, and Ginger
You can add a vanilla bean for a fun and tasty twist.
31. Blueberry, Mint, and Lime
32. Strawberry, Cucumber, and Basil
33. Grapefruit and Rosemary
34. Blueberry, Lime, and Cilantro
35. Cucumber, Strawberry, and Thyme
36. Cardamon and Rose (use un-sprayed roses and whole cardamom pods)
37. Strawberry, Mint, and Jalapeño
38. Pineapple, Jalapeño, and Lemon
39. Citrus and Cilantro
40. Green Apple, Raspberry, and Rosemary
41. Mint and Cranberry (great for Thanksgiving)
42. Cucumber, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mint, and Watermelon (recipe)
43. Cucumber and Jalapeño
44. Blackberry, Cherry, and Lime
45. Pomegranate, Cucumber, and Lemon
46. And lastly, with this going on at any gathering, who needs anything else to drink? And it looks as wonderful as it tastes. Enjoy!
As pointed out by Viral Nova writer Amanda Black, many of these also have some great detoxing properties. For detailed recipes and how-to instructions, visit Tasty Yummies. They break it down step by step.
Featured image via Green Blender
We got the idea for this article at Viral Nova.