I’m seeing Flavored Water everywhere—in the grocery stores, and occasionally on the internet. I decided it was worth looking into and getting some information, and now I am so excited!
I have learned that water can taste better than soda and is better for us! Flavoring your own water at home is easy, quick, less expensive than buying flavored water, and healthier for you in so many ways! It tastes simply delicious and the variety of flavor combinations you can have is endless. And it is so much fun to try the many choices!
We all know we need to drink lots of water, but wouldn’t it help if it was flavored instead of just plain ole water—right? So after doing some checking into it and experimenting, I am SOLD on delicious Flavored Water! This came about just in time for the summer, when we all drink more water anyway because it gets hot and we do get thirsty don’t we.
We all prefer having Flavor, whether it is a brand of soda or a flavored water. Or–a Raspberry Chocolate Latte anyone? We know we should drink more water, and it needs to be Filtered Water preferably, but it is hard to do if it is just the bland stuff we typically drink. The people at the Soda companies have caught on to the trend of drinking more water and wanted to help us accomplish that. Since these companies already were selling us bottled water, they creatively decided to also offer us Flavored Water.
But the list of additives isn’t good for us. Colors, pennies worth of synthetic vitamins, sugars—like 33 grams of sugar in one popular brand, which is equal to 7 teaspoon of sugar! That is about half of the sugar that is in a soft drink, and this is something that markets itself as healthy? I read the labels, and I don’t buy the advertising at its word: “Healthy”. So just be aware.
You don’t need anything more than a pitcher of water to jazz up a few ingredients at home. Just add fruit, herbs, veggies to that water! And did you know that water can help prevent headaches, boost energy and brainpower, give you some real (not synthetic) vitamins, improve your mood—and even help with losing weight.
Drinking more water can improve hydration which decreases risk of cancer, helps your kidneys, keeps muscles toned, aids BM’s (I know—TMI, but you gotta admit it’s healthy “I”). Also, your skin will plump up because you are better hydrated all summer long! Hey there Beautiful!
So just how easy is this Flavored Water to make? Very! How many flavors? As many as you can think of! Have fun with it.
You can just slice up the fruit or veggies very thinly, or choose to muddle them by adding a cup of water to the pitcher, then pressing on them with a Muddler or a wooden spoon. Add more water leaving room for ice to add later, refrigerate for a couple of hours to overnight, depending on method used. The thin slices will yield flavor faster than thick slices, and mashing with a Muddler can speed flavor too. Or, just slice a little more thickly and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!
If you attempting my Flavored Water Recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
Here are a few Flavored Water combinations (fresh is best, but frozen can be used) for a 2 qt pitcher: ***½ cup Black berries, Try out our Flavored Water Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make your own Flavored Water
½ cup sliced Peaches, and ½ cup Raspberries ***1 cup Blueberries and 1 cup Raspberries ***1 sliced Lemon, 1 sliced Lime, 1 sliced Orange ***1 cup of Raspberries and 1 sliced Lime ***1 cup Raspberries and 1 cup sliced Peaches ***1 sliced Orange and ½ tsp Vanilla Extract ***½ cup fresh Pineapple, ½ cup sliced Orange, ½ cup Mango chunks, ½ cup halved Strawberries ***1 cup of halved Strawberries and a few Mint leaves ***1 cup of halved Strawberries and a few Basil leaves ***1 cup halved Strawberries and 1 sliced Orange ***1 cup Watermelon cubes and a few Mint leaves ***1 sliced Cucumber, 1 sliced Lemon, and a few Mint leaves (and some Jalapeno if you dare) ***2-3 cups Fresh Tomato chunks, ½ sliced lemon, and a few Basil leaves
Here are a few Flavored Water combinations (fresh is best, but frozen can be used) for a 2 qt pitcher: ***½ cup Black berries,
Try out our Flavored Water Recipe and post your results below in the comments…