Yes, I know ‘Water’ is like the best thing in the world. Its advantages are endless. And with the humidity and heat setting in, it’s that time of the year when we need to increase our water intake. There is no go to rule for how much water you need to drink in a day, some people give the 8 glasses a day formula; but to be very honest your water intake depends on your body type, how quickly you get dehydrated, which season it is, which part of the world you are in (of course it is a common knowledge that staying in a hot and humid country, you need to be more hydrated).
For me, I have always pushed myself to drink more water, but have failed more often than not. I don’t know what it is, but I always find it really hard to consume ‘plain’ water. So, this summer I am trying out some homemade organic flavored waters (no-sugar of course; you may add if you prefer that way) in general quest to increase my water intake. So here are FIVE flavors that I have tried very recently and have come to love them. Also, the ingredients used are either my or my little daughter’s favorites; so they were bound to be good really 😉
WATERMELON AND BASIL- A very different combination but it works really well. With the sweetness of watermelon and the aroma of basil, it has a very refreshing taste. Watermelon is good in so many ways as it is rich in antioxidants, helps in heart health and so much more. While on the other hand Basil (my favorite herb) is one of the healthiest herbs. And to top it all the water looks so good that it can be used while you are entertaining or packing a picnic.
APPLE AND CINNAMON- I have always loved this combination in my cakes and cookies, so I thought of giving it a try in flavoring my water as well. The sweet tinge of cinnamon and the flavor of apple gel together so well (yes, even in water). And like most spices, Cinnamon has its benefits too like its good for arthritis, memory, stomach bugs etc. A really healthy option!
BLACKBERRY AND GINGER- The colors black and gold are combined here together, and the flavor is very gold like as well. And I was pleasantly surprised with the taste. Ginger has a strong flavor and blackberries don’t, so it mellows down the whole water and gives a very berry kinda taste. Loved this one, as it was very ‘new’ and as usual blackberries are super rich in antioxidants and ginger helps in over all digestion. Two wins here!
LIME, LEMON, ORANGE AND MINT- This water is just like a citrus punch, but of course with no sugar. The most awesome flavors to keep cool in summers. The tanginess of citrus against the minti-ness is heavenly and oh so refreshing. Also, the health facts of citrus and mint are well known, and it is a perfect way to beat the heat (and have something healthy instead of sweetened drinks or fizz).
STRAWBERRY AND THYME- I saved the best for last, you can say that. Once you try this one, you’ll remember me for sure. The most unusual and the best of the lot. Lemony aroma of thyme and sweet citrus of strawberries transfer you to a place unknown. And I know I am going to make this again and again.
Hope you enjoy these the way I have. I love SUMMERS and this is one of the ways you can enjoy the season!!
“Flavored water is very easy to prepare and here is how I prepare mine (a general rule, really!!)
Take a pitcher or a jug, put in all the ingredients (fruit/spices/herbs- whatever you are using for your recipe); then mash them (a little) with a muddler or a wooden spoon and add water. Leave it for 2-3 hours in a fridge to chill and to get the entire flavor. [Make them in airtight glass jars with a proper lid, and they’ll keep well for 2-3 days.]”