Thursday, May 14, 2015

3 Infused Waters to Stay Hydrated this Summer

infused water


I'm mildly obsessed with my Fitbit Flex . I rarely go a day without wearing it, constantly check my steps on the app, and compulsively walk in circles to get in extra steps. I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a motivator that keeps you accountable. Along with a sleep tracker the app also has a feature that lets you track your water intake. This feature has made me acutely aware that I need to step my ounces game up. I struggle majorly with getting my daily dose of H20 because I honestly just rarely get thirty. I will go an entire meal and just drink a few sips of water. We all know how important drinking water is for our overall health, skin, and digestion. It's an even bigger concern for me because I have had kidney stones in the past and if you've ever had one you know that you do not want one again (I hear it's comparable to child birth--so I'm ready). 

According to the water calculator (figure out your amount!) I need 99 ounces of water a day. Since my spirit animal is not the camel I'm going to need some help getting to this number everyday. 

To liven up my water I like to infuse it with yummy ingredients that are tasty but also have nutritional benefits. Drink immediately after adding the ingredients or let them stew in the fridge for added infusion flavor. Mason jars are perfect because the lids make it handy to store several batches and they're easy to transport. Try out these 3 combos and let me know what you think!


infused water


Cucumber-Mint

Cucumbers are 96% water so adding it to your water not only provides a refreshing flavor but extra hydration benefits. The mint leaves complement the cucumber nicely and balance out any bitterness. 
4 cucumber slices
1-2 sprigs of mint (depending upon taste)
cucumber-mint water

Orange-Ginger

One of my favorite fresh juices is a mix of orange, carrot, and ginger. This water infusion reminds me of that flavor. Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea and indigestion so this water would be perfect for expecting mommas or occasional bloating. The only downfall to this drink is that it does get a bit muddled because of the pulp in the orange..but if you can get over that it's quite tasty! 
4 orange slices
1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger (more to taste)
orange and ginger infused water

Strawberry-Lemon-Basil

This water is my favorite of the three! It tastes like a subtle strawberry lemonade and the basil adds an interesting complexity..and it's just so pretty :)
3 lemon slices
3-4 halved strawberries
2 basil leaves

strawberry lemon basil water

The flavor combinations are endless so play around with your water! 

Please comment and share your tips for drinking more water or infusion recipes!

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37 comments:

  1. They do look yummy. But I will confess: I hate water that tastes like anything but water. Am I weird? Probably.. I may give it a chance (the benefits are really great). Love the mason jar mugs! :)

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  2. Love this post! I love infusing water in my water bottles! I actually bought a bottle for water infusing but it broke :-/ It was glass. Love strawberries and lemon! My fav is rasp and lemons but they rasp look funny at the end of the day! nice post.

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  3. Girl - you are KILLING it with the DIY's and recipes lately! I have no clue why but I just can't acquire a taste for cucumber water... I think it's a little too *crisp and refreshing* for my taste buds LOL. I'll definitely be give the strawberry - lemon and basil water a try though!

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  4. I have never tried anything in my water except lemons..but maybe it is time to start!

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  5. I usually stick with boring old lemons in my water. I'm looking forward to mixing things up and trying out these recipes! ~Ree *visiting from little Friday linkup!*

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  6. Totally loving these infused water! I'm going to try some of them!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  7. They look so good. I really need to get on this. Especially for the summer. Healthier me.

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  8. Yes yes yes! I love infused water! I really enjoy orange and mint, blueberry and lemon, and raspberry and ginger! Yummm! Thanks for sharing

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  9. I've been thinking of getting one of those water bottles that has the infuser thing in the middle, these are great!

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  10. Mmmmm. I keep saying I'm going to infuse my water or even brew tea to drink during the day and help with hydration but that takes planning... haha. I do tend to get plenty of water during the work day, but I struggle on weekends. Maybe if I had one of these pretty guys in the fridge it would help. I love my FitBit for the water tracking as well!

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  11. Strawberry-lemon-basil is my favorite! It was served at a hotel I stayed in once and have used it since! SO yummy!

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  12. Ooo strawberry lemon basil sounds so good! I'll have to try that. For some reason I'm really good at getting my water in if I drink it out of really big bottles! Not sure what makes a difference, but those big bottles help me!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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    1. I can see how the big bottles would keep you on track to set a goal! Thanks for coming by!

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  13. I LOVE cucumber water, but I will have to try some more of these! I'm big on hydration, but it is so easy to fall behind on water consumption in a matter of hours. I've got plenty of fresh mint in basil in our backyard that now has a purpose!

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    1. Jealous of your fresh mint! I'm thinking of all the mojitos you could make :)

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  14. I drink a ton of water because I take so much allergy medicine and am constantly thirsty. And I LOVE cucumber water! These are great ideas for when you need a little taste, but don't want to reach for a soda or other sugary drink!

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  15. Cucumber mint is my favorite, although I honestly drink so much water everyday anyway.

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  16. Mmmm....strawberry lemon and basil!!!!! That sounds so good!

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  17. I am obsessed with infused waters!! I love all of these, sparkling water with berries and ginger go me through my first trimester!

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  18. Yummy! They sound delicious! Thanks for linking up!

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  19. I love infusing my water! It helps change things up when you're trying to reach your goal and drink a lot throughout the day! If I'm not infusing with fruit, I'm usually adding a drop of essential oil. The oils add great taste plus amazing health benefits!

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    1. Also, what FitBit do you have? The link won't work! I'm asking for one for my birthday in two weeks. I want the Charge HR. I'm so excited!

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  20. I never understood the appeal of infused waters until I started working for a swanky event company and we always had it. So refreshing and light and just a little bit more of an oomph than regular water. For me it was nice because it took away my sweet cravings for things like pop. I just recently bought a infused water bottle for this very purpose and I'm so excited to try it out.

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  21. Ooo! Great choices.

    I *try* to drink a gallon of water a day. I fail 90% of the time, but that's the goal!

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  22. I LOVE infused water! I'm not a big soda drinker, so I often turn to infused waters when I want something a little more special than regular water. Cucumber mint is a favorite of mine–I'm excited to try the orange ginger one! :)

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  23. Oooh yum I love the combo of the strawberry and lemon one!! I'm excited to try these :)

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  24. I'm always looking for ways to spice up my water, and these three ways look so tasty. Thanks for sharing these, I've pinned to try out later.

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  25. Strawberry, lemon, basil sounds like it would be my favourite of the 3 as well! I will add this to my list of refreshing and healthy drinks for the summer! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link-Up Party this week, I hope you join us again next week!

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  26. Thanks for hosting! I love finding new blogs and will look forward to it in coming weeks!

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  27. I'm going to have to try the strawberry, lemon, and basil!

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  28. Wonderful ideas for keeping hydrated this summer!

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  29. Alexandra GuglielmoMay 20, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Ooh, these all sound so yummy! And you're right, the strawberry combo does look gorgeous, especially in a country mason jar. I know what I'm making for the next hot summer day! Thanks for posting :)

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  30. There are so many yummy options. I like to keep lemon essential oil with me too to use at work or at restaurants!

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  31. It would be such a lovely presentation for a party or bbq too!

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  32. This is a great idea! I have a hard time getting my 64 ounces a day in, so maybe this will give me a good kick in the pants to do just that.

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  33. Currently KelsieMay 26, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    These sound great! Will have to try!

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  34. They are so good! Especially on hot days :)

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