When you are busy wedding planning, it can be easy to forget about basic things you should be doing to look and feel your best leading up to and on the wedding day! One of those is drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush out toxins.
It’s so much easier to stay hydrated when water looks and tastes like a spring/summertime treat. Here’s what to know when you fancy up your H2O.
Infusing water with delicious fruits, herbs, and other botanicals helps you drink plenty of liquids without the downside of extra calories, sugars, and artificial flavorings. Infused water is the perfect way to get extra nutrients in your body. It can even help you lose weight and give your skin that glow you’ve been dreaming of with every refreshing sip.
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It feels so refreshing, summery, and let’s be honest, fun! Opening up the fridge to see a beautiful pitcher of infused water just makes you want to drink more. When the healthy choice is also the fun choice, it’s a lot easier to make a good-for-you decision.
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Choose organic when you can. Wash produce and rinse herbs to remove chemicals, pesticides, and other residues!
The longer the fruits rest, the stronger the flavor. Within about 15 minutes, you’ll get a nice, mild flavor of whatever you’re infusing the water with. The longer it infuses, the stronger the flavor will get.
You can reuse the fruit for more batches. You can normally get about three or four refills before the flavor of the fruit is all gone. Keep refilling that pitcher! The flavor will fade after each refill, but it’ll still be delicious. Once your fruit has lost all it’s flavor, compost it!
4 fruit-infused recipes.
The wether is finally picking up, here’s 4 fruit-infused water recipes to keep you hydrated by Goodful . All organic ingredients are available in stores.
Posted by Organic Foods & Cafe on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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The nutritional benefit is increased hydration. Infusing water with fruit might add a negligible amount of nutrients from the fruit, but the real nutritional benefit is to make you want to drink more water! Hydration is good and you’ll be surprised with how good it really makes you feel.
Drink it that day. For the best flavor, drink it the day you make it—you might be able to get by with 2 days, depending on how fresh your fruit is, but it’s best to make it when you want to drink it. (For citrus fruits with peel, you want to drink it within a few hours or the water tends to get bitter.)
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When it comes to fruit flavors, keep it simple. Think of flavor combos you like in other recipes and build from there. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Cucumber + lime + strawberry + mint
- Lemon + raspberry + rosemary
- Orange + blueberry + basil
- Lime + ginger root + basil
- Watermelon + honeydew + mint
- Cucumber + mint + jalapeno
- Lemon + thyme
- Orange + hibiscus + star anise
- Orange + cinnamon + cardamom + cloves
- Pear + fennel
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With so many creative choices, you are bound to find the right taste for you. Your body will be thanking you for staying hydrated!