Lately I’ve been drinking a lot of infused water. Either in the form of Agua Frescas, or just simple water infused with fruits to add some flavor, I’ve found that these drinks quench thirst, and provide a variety of health benefits due to the nutrients of the fruits, vegetables and herbs added to them.
Considering the discovery of absurdly high sugar and chemical content of store bought flavored water, these homemade infused water recipes act as a great alternative, and really motivate me to drink more water everyday simply because they taste so good.
Tips how to make them
Below, I’ve listed the ingredients for the three different types of infused waters I’ve been trying, but first, here are some general tips on how to make them.
- Always use fresh fruit over canned fruit! The true nutrients come from fresh fruit, and canned fruit contains unnecessary amounts of sugar.
- You don’t need an infuser. A pitcher works just fine. In fact, if your infused water has a little fruit/vegetable pulp and fiber, it will be all the more beneficial.
- For all the recipes below, simply add the ingredients to a pitcher of water, cover and let sit. Each of these make about a liter.
- Try and consume your infused water within a few hours after you make it, because refrigerating it overnight, or freezing it will nullify some of its health benefits.
- Don’t let the infused ingredients go to waste. Be sure to nibble on those ingredients as and when you have a drink!
- Remember, you can adjust the ingredients as per your preference, depending on how strong you want the taste to be. These are just approximate measurements!
Agua frescas to detox
The papaya and chia seeds in this recipe are great to detox your body and clean out your digestive tract due to the high levels of fiber in both. The lime acts as an activator, and the mint and chia seeds balance an otherwise “heaty” blend with some coolness.
- ½ a papaya, chopped
- 7-10 crushed mint leaves
- 2 tsps. Chia seeds
- Juice of 1 small lime
Agua frescas to refresh
If you’re in need of some cooling on hot days, or after a workout, sipping on some of this refreshing and re-hydrating infused water will do the trick. It’s no secret that watermelons are high in water content, but they also contain significant amounts of vitamin A, B6 and C. Vitamin C in particular is great after a workout, as it helps to stabilize some of the free radicals. Cucumber is very cooling and soothing in nature, and the basil helps balance the sweetness of the watermelon, while simultaneously being rich in magnesium and beta-carotene.
- ½ a watermelon, chopped
- 1 small cucumber, sliced
- 7-10 crushed fresh basil leaves
Agua frescas to energize
Otherwise dubbed as a berry blast, this recipe is a great way to help you power through the day. Not to mention, its natural sweetness allows it to be a substitute for dessert, especially when you’re craving something sweet. Berries are a great source of fiber and are also high in antioxidants. Blueberries especially are packed with antioxidants, called anthocyanins, that may help keep memory sharp, making this the perfect pick-me-up drink through the day.
- ¼ cup blueberries
- ¼ cup strawberries, sliced thin
- Same amount of raspberries
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. I’ve found that they’ve really helped me up my water intake, which in turn has really made a tangible difference to the inner workings on my body. My skin has gotten clearer, I feel a lot lighter and more energetic, and my appetite seems to be more in control. If you have any infused water recipes that you love, do share them with me in the comments section, and remember to always stay hydrated!