I don’t know about where you live, but August in south Texas is killer. Triple digit heat and suffocating humidity forces everyone either to the pool or into the a/c. By late summer, parks are all but abandoned and only the
craziest most devoted exercisers are brave enough to endure the grueling heat later than about 9am.
Healthy Summer Hydration
I’ve found that all natural flavored waters strike a nice balance between the refreshing flavor and sweetness of fruits and the necessary (but totally unexciting) “drink more water.”
The kids seem to go more for the mostly-fruit combinations, but a few herb sprigs and crisp, cool vegetables like cucumber make great additions as well.
How to Make Flavored Water
Actual recipes aren’t really necessary, but here are a few tips for making all natural flavored waters at home:
* I use 2 quart mason jars, but a large pitcher will also do. Place your fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs in the jar, then fill with filtered water.
* Select ripe fruit to ensure the added flavor is sweet rather than tart. Frozen fruit also works well.
* Wash fruit, veggies and herbs thoroughly before preparing.
* Remember that piths and peels (citrus, for example) will give a strong flavor that will intensify over time. I use only a few slices of these per batch.
* Similar to piths and peels, the flavor of herbs will become stronger with time.
* Use a wooden spoon to muddle if you want to release more flavor (and color) into the water.
* Store prepared waters in the fridge for up to a few days. I like to strain it to remove the fruits/vegetables/herbs around the 24 hour mark to help it last longer.
Must Try Flavored Waters
My favorite combinations are pictured above – Lemon-Strawberry-Mint and Cucumber-Lime-Rosemary.
But I’ve gathered a list of other flavored water recipes that look and sound fantastic!
What’s your favorite way to stay hydrated during the summer?
Leave a comment below to share your ideas!
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