Infused Water Benefits

Now that school’s out and kids are home all day are you constantly hearing “Mum, I’m hungry/thirsty”?  I know we are! And, it can be so difficult to get them to have healthy choices, right?  One thing that we especially worry about at home is the amount of sugar which our kids consume.  This can quickly add up without them even noticing their drink choices.

As we know, kids generally tend not to be very good at drinking water.  But, as the summer heat intensifies, we all need to up our fluid intake to quench our thirst and stay hydrated. While fruit juice, squash, or worse still, soda tends to be the go-to option for kids, there’s a healthier and more delicious alternative: fruit water.

Not only does fruit water offer a burst of natural flavours, but it also provides numerous health benefits. Whether you’re an adult or a child, fruit water is a fantastic choice to keep you hydrated and revitalised throughout the sunny season. Inspired by our recent visit to E1 Spa check out our refreshing detox water suggestions to enjoy this summer.

Infused Water Benefits

Drinking infused water, also known as fruit-infused water or detox water, offers several benefits. Here are five of them:

Hydration

Infused water can make drinking plain water more enjoyable, encouraging you to drink more and stay adequately hydrated. When water is infused with fruits, herbs, or vegetables, it adds a subtle flavour that can make it more appealing, especially for those who find plain water boring or struggle to meet their daily hydration needs.

Increased nutrient intake

By infusing water with various fruits, herbs, or vegetables, you can enhance its nutritional content. Different ingredients add their unique vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  From vitamin C in citrus fruits to the detoxifying properties of berries.  Drinking infused water allows you to reap the benefits of these nutrients while staying hydrated. 

Antioxidant boost

Many fruits and herbs used in infused water, such as berries, citrus fruits, and mint, are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help combat free radicals in the body, which are unstable molecules that can cause cellular damage and contribute to various health problems. Drinking infused water can provide a refreshing way to increase your antioxidant intake.

Flavour without added calories or sugar

Infused water is an excellent alternative to sugary beverages like soda, fruit juices, or energy drinks. It offers a refreshing taste without artificial sweeteners, flavours, preservatives or added calories. This makes it a healthier option for those looking to reduce their sugar intake or manage their weight.  The delicious flavours of infused fruit also encourage you to drink more water, ensuring your body stays adequately hydrated throughout the day.

Detox support

While infused water alone cannot detoxify your body, it can be a beneficial addition to a healthy lifestyle. Some ingredients like lemon, cucumber, or mint are often associated with detoxifying properties and can support your body’s natural detoxification processes. 

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Fruit Water Recipes to Beat the Summer Heat

Citrus Splash

  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Water

Instructions

  • Place the sliced fruits and mint in a jug and fill with water.
  • Let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the flavours to infuse. 
  • Serve over ice and garnish with additional mint leaves.

Berry Burst

  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Water

Instructions

  • Add mixed berries to a jug and gently crush them using a spoon to release their flavours.
  • Tear a few basil leaves and add them to the jug. Add water and stir gently.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Serve with ice and garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.

Tropical Paradise

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup watermelon chunks
  • 1 cup mango chunks
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Water

Instructions

  • Combine the pineapple, watermelon, and mango chunks in a jug.
  • Tear a handful of fresh cilantro leaves and add them to the jug.
  • Fill with water and stir gently.
  • Allow the flavours to infuse in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  • Serve chilled with ice cubes and garnish with a sprig of cilantro.

Cucumber-Mint Cooler

  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • Water

Instructions

  • Place the cucumber slices, mint leaves, and lime slices in a jug.
  • Fill with water.
  • Gently muddle the ingredients to release their flavours.
  • Let it infuse in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  • Serve chilled with ice cubes and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Zesty Watermelon-Lime

  • 2 cups watermelon cubes
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Water

Instructions

  • In a blender, puree the watermelon cubes until smooth.
  • Pour the watermelon puree into a jug.
  • Add the lime juice and torn basil leaves.
  • Fill the jug with water and stir well.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Serve chilled and garnish with a basil leaf.

Pineapple-Strawberry Delight

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Water

Instructions

  • Combine the pineapple chunks and sliced strawberries in a jug.
  • Squeeze in the juice of one lemon.
  • Add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary.
  • Fill the jug with water and stir gently.
  • Let it infuse in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  • Serve chilled over ice and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

So Many Options!

These are just some of the very many combinations you can try this summer.  Be sure to experiment with the ingredients and amounts according to your preferences.  Infused water will be a much healthier option for kids and adults alike.

Now that you are drinking healthily throughout the day you can afford the few extra calories from our delicious cocktails.

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