6 Infused Waters to Try this Summer

What a crazy week! I was on a work sponsored trip to Universal Orlando over the weekend, so I didn’t have any time to make a DIY, craft, or recipe for Tuesday’s post.

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I have always loved drinking the sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade. One of the best perks of my high school job in a fast food restaurant was that they had the blue Powerade on tap! I drank that magical stuff every shift I worked and never gave it a second thought. I thought that drinking a sports drink was better than all the sugary soda they had. It turns out I was wrong. I just want to inform you that unless you are a serious athlete working out for an hour or more, you are probably better off without those sports drinks. I started infusing water with fruits and herbs about a year ago. Here are some of my favorites along with some health benefits that won’t have you missing those over processed sports drinks. 

All of these recipes are made with a large beverage dispenser with an infuser attachment that we picked up a few years ago at Target. That place has the best stuff!

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1. Pineapple/Mint
1 Pineapple
10-20 Mint leaves

1 Gallon water
Ice

Pineapples are loaded with B-vitamins that are essential for energy production, as well as manganese which is great for boosting your antioxidant defenses. Not only are mint leaves refreshing, but like the pineapples they will help with digestion and soothe indigestion. 

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2. Strawberries/lime/cucumber/mint
1 pint Strawberries
3 Limes
2 Cucumbers
10-20 Mint leaves
1 gallon Water

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This particular batch is a powerhouse when it comes to improving your immune system and B-vitamin production. The immune system boost comes from the vitamin C bearing strawberries, while the B’s come from literally everything else. This combination is perfect for pre/post workout. 

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3. Traditional lemon
5 Lemons
1 gallon Water
Ice

Lemons are amazing little fruits! Not only are they packed with vitamin c which is a serious boost to the immune system, but they also help to keep your skin blemish free, they help with digestion, and they will even freshen your breath! This one is a favorite at dinner time. 

4. Dandelion tea/green tea/ lemon
4 bags Dandelion Tea (I brewed all of the tea bags in one cup of hot water, added it to the pitcher, and filled with cold water/ice)
4 bags Green Tea
4 Lemons
1 gallon Water
Ice

Energy is the best word to describe this one! Another benefit of the lemons is that they reduce inflammation, which can help with sore muscles. Dandelion tea is good for diuretic, which is good for cleaning out your kidneys. It also can be used to cure minor headaches. Green tea is famous for its strong antioxidant levels as well as giving you a nice boost of energy. This one is perfect for long workdays, when the three o’clock slump hits!

5. Lemon/lime/cucumber/mint
3 Lemons
3 Limes
1 Cucumber
10-20 Mint leaves
1 gallon Water
Ice

I’d say this is really good for either managing or preventing a cold, due to the insane amount of vitamin c that the lemons provide. The lemons and limes will help with digestion while the cucumber will help with energy, and mint is always good for a refreshing flavor.

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6. Grapefruit/lime/ginger
2 Ruby Red grapefruit
2 Limes
1/4 cup Chopped ginger
1 gallon Water
Ice

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Grapefruit is the go to for helping out the heart. It has lycopene, fiber, and potassium which help with blood flow and keeping your ticker going! Not only is the ginger excellent for relieving indigestion, headaches, and nausea, it tastes great with the grapefruit! I like this one particularly in the mornings. 

These recipes are super easy to make and match a variety of situations, wether it is to go with a meal, to get more of a necessary dietary need, or if you want to drink more than plain water without resorting to drinking blue or red sugar water. What would you do in your own flavored water infusions? Let me know in the comments section! 

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11 Comments

  1. A great selection of summertime beverage. Have a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is on the Top Ten List for Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us and have a fabulous weekend!
    Miz Helen

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