Most of us don’t drink enough water (enough meaning roughly half a gallon (two liters) of water per day). It’s easy to reach for tea, soda, lemonade, or a glass of wine instead of giving your body what it needs—a natural detoxifier and metabolism booster, AKA water. But what if water tasted delicious? It can! With any of these recipes, I’m sure you’ll crave water more than ever before.
1. Chia Fresca
First of all, you may be wondering “Why add chia seeds to my water?” There isn’t a simple answer to that, because chia seeds have so many benefits it’s hard to summarize them! According to Webmd, chia seeds are beneficial to a healthy lifestyle because they’re full of omega-3s, fiber, protein, calcium, and antioxidants. So not only are you getting delicious strawberry-flavored water with this drink, you’re also getting tons of nutrients while staying hydrated!
2. Autumn Infused Water
Mmm tastes like autumn! Although it’s not quite apple pie, it’s a great substitute considering it contains zero calories! Plus, cinnamon serves as a great metabolism booster and flavor-enhancer. You won’t be able to stop guzzling down water once you try this recipe.
3. Sparkling Mango Water
This drink exists somewhere between a smoothie and water. But since it’s more water than fruit, much more water than fruit, I’m including it for mango smoothie lovers! If you enjoy sparkling water and refreshing drinks, then this water recipe is perfect for you!
4. Raspberry Lemon Water
I love twists on classic lemonade, especially raspberry lemonade. Unfortunately, I also know how bad it is to drink your calories, so I try to avoid my favorite beverage. If you’re a fellow lemonade addict, I recommend you try this recipe for raspberry lemon water. You can add dates, because their sweetness will take the edge off the tartness of raspberries and lemons, or enjoy this sour treat just the way it is! Raspberries are full of antioxidants, and lemons help detoxify your body, so they not only add flavor, but also valuable benefits to your water!
5. Aloe Water
You might use aloe on your skin after a sunburn, but have you ever thought about drinking it after a workout? Aloe is a magic plant that can heal you inside and out! With all of its vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, your body will start craving it after one sip! This recipe calls for coconut water, which is extra hydrating due to all of its electrolytes, making it a great post-workout beverage. However, you can of course substitute regular water or carbonated water if that’s what you prefer.
6. Cantaloupe Cucumber Water
Just writing that makes my mouth water! Cantaloupe is my favorite summer fruit, because it’s oh so sweet and refreshing. Cucumbers are also refreshing on a a hot summer day, so together they make an amazing pair to infuse in your water.
7. Strawberry Pomegranate Coconut Water
This drink isn’t just gorgeous, it also tastes delicious! If you let the fruits infuse overnight, your coconut water will be packed full of flavor the next day. Red fruits are my absolute favorites, and I’ve recently learned that they contain anthocyanin which prevents your body from storing as much fat. So every sip is helping you get closer to your #weightlossgoal. If you want to conserve calories, substitute regular water for coconut water, but if you’ve done a big workout, I recommend coconut water to help your body recover.
8. Mojito Water
If you want something that tastes a little more like happy hour and a little less like time at the gym, you are going to love this one. The blend of mint and lime will remind you of summertime and give you a healthy dose of flavor and vitamin C at the same time. The refreshing flavor will have you reaching for your water bottle all day long - and that's something you can feel great about!
9. Blueberry Orange Water
Blueberries contain one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any other fruit and vegetables on store shelves. When you infuse your water with them, you get a mega dose with each sip. That means your body can fight free radical damage and keep you healthy for a lifetime. Adding in the oranges gives you a good bit of vitamin C, which also boosts immunity and keeps your body strong and healthy. Plus, it tastes good!
10. Watermelon Basil Water
Watermelon is very high in water, which makes it a prime choice for infused water. The basil pairs wonderfully with the melon and both ingredients are a treasure trove of antioxidants that protect your health. If you need a new addiction, I think you're going to find it after just one sip of this infused water.
Staying hydrated is especially important during the summer months so that you can replenish your fluids after sweating at the beach all day. Water is great for your skin, weight loss, and overall health, so drink up ladies! Flavored waters you find at the grocery store are often full of artificial flavors and sweeteners, which is why I recommend these homemade water recipes. Do you have any water recipes you couldn’t live without?