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5 Fabulous Infused Waters To Make This Summer

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5 Fabulous Infused Waters To Make This Summer

It may not be official yet, but in terms of the heat…summer is here! It’s already in the mid-90’s here in Houston, and on the courts, the temps are at least 10-15 degrees hotter. That’s why it’s SO important to stay properly hydrated.

Water is the single most important nutrient, period. About 60 to 70% of the human body is made of water; it’s required for every single bodily process, including circulation, digestion, and regulating your temperature. So making good old H2O your beverage of choice is a no-brainer.

But what if you’re not crazy about the taste? Infusing your water with fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices is a great way to create flavor without any processed powders or artificial sweeteners. And as a bonus, you’ll be adding vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants too.

Here’s how to make 5 flavorful waters that are infused with health bennies and deliciousness, and I can’t wait for you to try them out! Grab a pitcher, some fruit, and a crazy straw, and let’s do this thang!

 

Pineapple | Orange | Basil: If you’re only going to try out one of these, make it this one! This is the one that a favorite brunch joint serves up. I honestly thought it wasn’t going to be my sort of thing but peeps, THIS. STUFF. ROCKS. In fact, I’m putting together a pitcher the minute I’m done typing this. The citrus + basil flavors pair beautifully with the pineapple:

  • 6 wedges of pineapple
  • 6 orange slices, quartered
  • A few sprigs of basil.

Combine in a pitcher with 64 oz. water, stir briskly, then let sit for 5 minutes. Add ice and serve.


Grapefruit | Rosemary: This one is definitely more of a sophisticated flavor. The grapefruit provides a slightly bitter, slightly sweet flavor while the rosemary adds a piney, almost tea-like taste to the infused water. This is what I think of when I think fancy spa water! If you’re hosting a shower or a spa party, make this your go-to infused water recipe:

  • 6 grapefruit slices, quartered
  • A few sprigs of rosemary.

Combine in a pitcher with 64 oz. water, stir briskly, then let sit for 5 minutes. Add ice and serve.


Strawberry | Orange: This one is a staple in my house…especially when it’s my turn to host the end-of-Spring-season team party. Every time I’ve put a bowl of this stuff out, it’s gone in a flash! If you’re a newbie to flavored waters, this is the one I think you should try first:

  • 6 large strawberries, sliced
  • 6 orange slices, quartered

Combine in a pitcher with 64 oz. water, stir briskly, then let sit for 5 minutes. Add ice and serve.


 Blueberry | Lemon | Mint: Lemons are pretty much what you think about when you think about water. I mean, they’re only just hanging off of every glass of water that you’re ever served at a restaurant, right? A sprig of mint helps give it some natural sweetness and blueberries add a nice boost of antioxidants to your diet:

  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 lemon wheels, quartered
  • A few sprigs of mint

Combine in a pitcher with 64 oz. water, stir briskly, then let sit for 5 minutes. Add ice and serve.


 Lime | Strawberry | Cucumber: Elevate your cucumber water game! The lime adds brightness and the strawberries help boost your metabolism:

  • 6 lime wheels, quartered
  • 6 large strawberries, sliced
  • 8 cucumber slices

Combine in a pitcher with 64 oz. water, stir briskly, then let sit for 5 minutes. Add ice and serve.

For more great healthy recipes for pre-match, post-match snacks and meals, check out our other recipes in our Nutrition section as well as our Recipe Box“.

 

4.5 USTA rated/open champion level tennis player, vegan, fitness freak, animal lover, and smart ass who firmly believes that champagne is anathema for all ills. Right now I'm either up to my eyeballs in paint swatches and fabric samples, or kicking some butt on a tennis court (hopefully the latter).

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