Regardless if it is summer, fall or winter, it is very important to hydrate properly. And by properly, we mean with tons of water.
Since our bodies are made up of 60% water, it means we have to drink a lot to make up for the water we lose when we sweat and our daily activity. “To put it in perspective, you need to drink four 16-oz glasses of water or 2.5 large water bottles per day,” says Rebecca Lewis, in-house dietitian for HelloFresh. “That may seem like a lot of water, but it’s worth it for your overall health, energy levels, and waistline. Oftentimes, when you feel hungry, it’s really just your body sending a signal that you’re dehydrated.”
The only bad part? Water is plain! Fortunately, the culinary team at HelloFresh is sharing some refreshingly tasty and unbelievably easy infused water ideas to jazz up those tasteless drinks without adding extra sugar, calories, or artificial flavors.
Here are the infusion water ideas:
- Cucumbers, Lemon, and Basil
- Strawberries, Mint, and Lemon
- Grapefruit and Rosemary
How to do it:
- Place your herbs at the bottom of a glass container. Use a wooden spoon or muddler to tear and crush them, releasing their natural extracts and oils.
- Add your washed fruits and veggies. Halve or quarter softer fruits like strawberries while thinly slicing tougher ones such as apples.
- Add cold or room temperature filtered water.
Some extra tips…
- Infused water can stay out of the refrigerator for a max of two hours. After that, there’s a risk of bacterial growth, so it’s best to store in the fridge.
- Unpeeled citrus lends a bitter taste to water after four hours, so if you’re planning to make a big batch to last the afternoon, peel off the skin before infusing.
- Want to save the water for the next day? No problem! Strain out the solids before refrigerating for two to three days.
Curious to know more about the importance of H20, read this post to solidify your decision to start drinking more.
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