I may be a dietitian, but I still have a few bad health habits. One of my worst: I’m terrible at drinking enough water every day. I’ve tried for years to break this habit, knowing that some of the fatigue and headaches I occasionally experience are likely caused by a case of mild dehydration.
But the truth is, I don’t love the taste of plain water. As a child, I grew up drinking cherry Kool-Aid, and though I avoid most sugary drinks now, I just never acquired a taste for straight-up H20. If I have plain water, I end up abandoning my glass halfway through. But if it has some flavor (even just a little bit) I’m more likely to drink it—and more likely to stay hydrated.
That’s the beauty of fruit-infused water. You get all of the benefits of drinking water, by far the best thirst-quenching and hydrating beverage. And you also get flavor without any added sugar or extra calories. Though you can buy bottled water already infused with fruit, making your own is easy and inexpensive.
And it goes without saying, but homemade fruit-infused waters are also beautiful.
To infuse water, you can use simple mason jars loaded with fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs. There are also products that make it easy, with built-in infusers that add flavor while filtering out the seeds and large pieces of pulp. You can even add fresh fruit to ice cubes molds then pop them into water bottles and glasses.
The combinations are limitless. Some to try:
Some important tips before you get started: