Sunday, 9 March 2014

DIY: Healthy Flavoured Water


In today's post I am going to cover some tasty refreshing water drinks to help aid and encourage you to drink more of it. We all know the health benefits, but can we all safely say we drink enough of it?

I personally have to admit that my drinking life is rather boring, in the fact that it doesn't exist LOL. I'm not a fan of alcohol or fizzy drinks, so I naturally just tend to lean towards plain water. However, I understand that not everyone enjoys the taste of regular tap water, so I will list my best tips for jazzing up your healthy drink. 

Copy my recipes below for an at home spa like feel...

Cooling Citrus with Orange, Lemon and Lime!

The importance
It is important to drink lots of water to help flush out the nasty toxins and impurities from your body. Also all of the ingredients in this recipe are great for your overall health, as they will not only help you look your best on the outside but also make you feel good on the inside.

Ingredients and products you will need
1 Orange
1 Lemon
1 Lime
1 bag of ice
1 cup of filtered/tap water
1 muddler
1 large jug/jar

Instructions
Begin by slicing your orange and lime into small sizable chunks. Then add them into your chosen container and gently press and squeeze your fruit with a muddler to help release the juices. Next fill the rest of your jug or jar with ice. Once filled, add one cup of filtered or tap water to the mixture and then stir your homemade water cocktail. For an added boost, cut your lemon in half and squeeze some into your drink (the amount you add is down to personal preference, but a few drops is usually fine). Finally to finish off, place it in your fridge and leave it to chill.

Refreshing Raspberry with Fresh Fruits and Mint!

The importance
Think of water as vital fuel for your body. The more you drink it, the healthier and smoother your life journey will be. Our bodies are made up of predominately water, so it only makes sense to regularly refill our 'tanks'.

Ingredients and products you will need 
A large handful of raspberries
1 lime
1 mint leaf
1 bag of ice
1 muddler
1 cup of filtered/tap water
1 large jug/jar

Instructions
Start off by cutting your lime into four large sections and then add it into your chosen container. Next throw in your raspberries and mint leaf (if you would like a stronger taste, simply add in more leaves). Afterwards twist and press your fruit with the muddler until the juices are released. Then fill the rest of your jar with ice and one cup of water. For best results, stir your mixture and then place it in your fridge and leave it to cool overnight.

Summer Sensation with Pineapple and Watermelon!

The importance
If you want to drink more good for you fluids, then why not try infused waters. They can help make your skin naturally glow and also give you a clean and clear complexion. The added fruit will benefit your organs, as well as your outside beauty.

Ingredients and products you will need
Half a pineapple
4 slices of watermelon
1 bag of ice
1 mudler
1 cup of filtered/tap water
1 large jug/jar

Instructions
Firstly begin by chopping your pineapple and watermelon into large chunks. Throw your ingredients into a jug or jar and then once again use your muddler to extract the powerful juices. Next fill the rest of your container with ice and one cup of water. Give it a quick stir and then for maximum flavour leave it in your fridge until you are ready for a sip.
 
Top Tips

#1:
If your area doesn't have the best water, invest in a good water purifier. I have one and I can honestly say it is one of the most used items in my kitchen. Remember to change your filters often, as there really is no point in having a great system, if you don't regularly clean it.

#2:
As well as storing your colourful concoction in your fridge, its also advised that you drink each jar within 3 days.

#3:
To make your recipe more sweet, simply add in one teaspoon of artificial sweetener, honey or syrup.

#4:
Why not make several varieties at a time, which will then help keep you going during the week.

#5:
If you don't want any of the fruit pips or bits getting into your finished drink, either remove them before adding them to your jar, or use a strainer when pouring.
So there we have it, water no longer has to be boring! You can add pretty much any herbs and fruits you like (except bananas, as they don't work so well). To make your own fun combinations, play about and have fun. Flavoured waters are not only inexpensive to make, but they actually make the perfect cool down drinks during the summer and also at parties for children and adults alike.

 Let me know if you have any other favourite flavoured combos, as I would love to know!
Enjoy!
 
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6 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea, I love it!! xx

    Anna-Maria | www.topdrawfashion.com

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    1. Hi Anna-Maria
      Thanks for your message.
      I'm glad this post could be of help :-)
      xoxo

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  2. Such a good idea. I try to drink most of my water intake at work and keep a caraffe of it on my desk to encourage me to drink it every time I see it! Love the sound of the raspberry recipe though! Danielle x

    frontiere-girl.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Danielle
      That's a good idea! Its always best to carry water with you.
      Oh and you should definitely try it, its delicious!
      xoxo

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  3. This is a great idea! Water doesn't have to be boring!

    www.thefrancescadiaries.com x

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    1. Hi Francesca
      Thanks for your comment.
      And you're so right, water can actually be tasty if you make your own fruit cocktails ;-)
      xoxo

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