So…How’s your water intake? Health experts in all areas of healthcare, such as Dr. Axe, Dr. Cates, and Dr. Oz are telling us, “Drink More Water!”
Although they are absolutely correct, it can sometime feel like a daunting task to have to chug multiple ounces of water throughout the day.
As you might suspect, I’m on the constant quest for finding quick health solutions while making life a little easier and more exciting.
Each morning, before my coffee, I drink a glass of with lemon water to boost my gut health. I keep a pitcher in the fridge with lemons for my morning rehydration.
This morning I got to thinking – “What if I made infused water with superfoods?”… I can hydrate and get a super nutrition boost at the same time! Win-win!
So, what exactly are superfoods?….
Superfoods are foods that have a very high nutritional density and very few calories. A lot of bang for your buck.
Infused water with superfoods can be a creative experience of color, flavor and nutrients and is very easy to make, especially with all the summer superfoods readily available at farmers markets and stores.
To make superfood infused water all you need is a pitcher or glass jar, 1 or more superfoods (fruit, vegetable, or herb), and water. You can also use a water infuser bottle or pitcher, if you have it.
For best results, use filtered water and be sure to wash your fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs before use. Let your infused water steep for at least 3 hours.
If you like stronger flavor, try muddling your fruits before you add the water to your pitcher or jar.
Infused water can be served with the ingredients in the glass or strained. Both methods are delightful!
Check out some of these highly flavorful and nutrient rich superfood infused water ideas!
Lemon-Mint Water Zing
Here’s an interesting and ultra-refreshing infused water for you. Lemon-Mint water combines two great superfoods that can work together to improve your gut health.
Lemons promote digestion and gastric action. They’re excellent at giving you some healthy vitamin C.
Mint is known for relieving digestive problems such as upset stomach and indigestion, so pairing it with lemon can give you a super gut health boost.
To make Lemon-Mint Zing, cut a lemon into wedges. Tear up a few sprigs of mint allowing the flavor to release. Combine together in a pitcher or infuser and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Yummmmm!
If you’re looking for something a little bit different you can try making Blueberry-Orange infused water.
These two flavors meet wonderfully, and these fruit in combination have a bunch of antioxidants which are great for supporting the elimination of free radicals. Free radicals can cause damage to DNA which may result in mutations and cause disease (yes, eliminate those please!)
To make Orange-Blueberry Water, cut an orange into slices and place them into your pitcher or large mason jar. Then add ½ cup of blueberries. Cover the water and place it into the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight.
Watermelon-Strawberry-Kiwi Party In A Cup
Watermelon pieces are an essential part of summer, so it’s a cool idea to make sure that you find a way to get it into your water. Watermelon has a high level of lycopene, an antioxidant, which is known for supporting brain health.
Strawberries like all berries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control.
Kiwis are a superfood that contain two times the vitamin C of oranges!
To make this infused water, simply combine freshly cut watermelon cubes, ½ cup of halved strawberries and a sliced or cubed kiwi. Chill for 3 or more hours and enjoy!