I am a big advocate of staying well hydrated. Not only does it keep you from eating too much, but it also energizes your muscles, keeps your skin healthy, helps your body function better, and keeps you mentally alert. The problem is, I don’t like to drink plain water all day. While I can sip plain water with meals and during workouts, throughout the day I crave more flavor. Of course, since one of my goals is to maintain a healthy weight, I don’t like to load up my water with sugary flavor packets. Instead, I’ve started making infused water.
I recently made some muffins with cranberries in them and had a lot of cranberries left over. So, I popped some in a water bottle with a couple slices of lemon, partly because I love lemon and mostly because I thought the yellow would look pretty with the red cranberries. As long as I’m putting in effort to please my palate, I figured I might as well please my eyes too! I was pretty happy with the results. See for yourself:
Because the cranberries float to the top, I turn the bottle upside down while I let the fruit infuse the water. I also give it a good shake before I drink it to make sure the flavor permeates every drop. I have absolutely no scientific explanation for why I think this is effective so for all I know, it turns out just as flavorful if you store it upright and skip the shaking. If you try it, let me know how it turns out. Apparently I’m too OCD to change my ways and thus, my cranberry lemon infused water is always in my refrigerator upside down.
The important thing to remember when making infused water is to let the mixture sit for at least an hour (overnight is even better) to let the flavor seep into the water. I keep two infused water bottles ready. When I finish one, I refill it with water and then let it sit while I sip on the second bottle. Usually I can get 5-6 refills out of my cranberry lemon mixture until all the flavor is gone from the fruit.
I’m going to be experimenting with some other flavor combinations and will share my successes with you. If you have your own favorite combinations, please let me know in the comments. I’m excited to try some new variations!