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Hi, I’m Stephanie, and I’m addicted to coffee. When you get more money in Starbucks gift cards than you do in actual cash on holidays, you realize your obsession may (potentially) be unhealthy. I’ve got some major physical preparations to do for Miss Florida USA this summer, and my body cannot afford to be dehydrated. Ever since my slew of health debacles last year, my body is even more susceptible to extreme dehydration and all of its harmful side effects, so I really have to work in order to ingest enough quality h2o.
To be honest, I don’t like the taste of plain water. I don’t know if that makes me weird or not, but it’s true. So, any flavorful combinations that naturally infuse boring old water are of great interest to me. Plus, you’re not consuming any of the artificial flavors and sugars found in most of the commercially bought vitamin waters and juices. Remember: this is an infusion, not a juice. Therefore, the amount of sugar and calories is the same as water– zero. The all natural flavors simply permeate the water, creating a delicious and nutritious elixir of vitamins and minerals. Here is an infused fruit water guide featuring my current four favorite recipes:
Infused Fruit Water Guide: 4 Infused Water Recipes to Try
1. Lemon Lime Water
Citrus water in general is awesome, but lemon + lime is my personal favorite combination. Lemons and limes do more than just boldly flavor your water; they help regulate your digestive track, stimulate bile production, and provide a ton of Vitamin C– which increases the production of collagen, improves the absorption of iron, and reduces skin blemishes//improves your complexion. You can add oranges, too, for a more full-bodied citrus taste.
2. Cucumber Water
In my building at work, there’s a restaurant called 310, and they introduced me to the glory of cucumber water. Cucumber water, in a nutshell, is awesome. Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin K, act a natural diuretic, and help increase the skin’s moisture and elasticity, which is why you find it in so many skin products on the market. Additionally, although not as high in antioxidants as other intensely-colored vegetables, this designated “spa water” can help you age more gracefully.
3. Strawberry Lime Water
Strawberry and lime is a definite infused water favorite of mine; however, strawberries– berries in general for that matter– lose their favorable flavor relatively quickly, so this is more of a “let is steep for a few hours” type concoction. Strawberries are known for a slew of nutritional perks, including the protection of immune health and regulation of digestion. Plus, their sweet flavor mixes well with everything, so play around with them and try adding lemons, kiwis, etc. for variations in taste. Also, adding sparkling water really makes for a sweet, refreshing, and bubbly treat!
4. Detox Water
I drink this detox water by the pitcher when I’m feeling blah. Combine all ingredients generously and let it steep overnight. The lemons help cleanse and alkalize the body, the mint helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion, and the cucumber contains anti-inflammatories and accelerates re-hydration. This super potion is not only fabulous for a quick detox, but it also tastes amazing and has a nice little kick to it.
For more recipes, check out Nutrition Stripped’s Simply Infused Water Guide. She’s got some fabulous infused water recipes that I’m dying to try. What infused water flavors have you tried?Any other recommendations I should add to my own infused fruit water guide?
I enjoy trying different detox recipe this its great doll.
I'm glad you like! If you ever come up with any great combinations, let me know! Happy Saturday 🙂
Thanks for sharing these! I've really been wanting to start drinking infused waters.
Of course, I'm glad you like them! Let me know if you ever discover any great recipes yourself.. I'm always looking for suggestions! 🙂
These look delicious! Great ideas! I actually LOVE plain water, it's mostly what I drink, but it's good to switch it up sometimes 🙂
I WISH I loved plain water! Power to ya, girl!
I've only had cucumber water at a bar but I really should try it at home!
Sparkles and Shoes
It's delicious and SO easy. The cucumbers don't even need to steep for very long. So so so good!
I do this all the time! My fav is blueberries & mint leaves. I leave it in the fridge overnight and drink it in the morning. So refreshing! 🙂
Oh, I am definitely trying this blueberry mint combo! Sounds amazing! Thank you!
Ohh, some of these look really delicious. I hate drinking plain water too. When I go to a restaurant I always ask for lemon in my water. I'll have to try some of the others though! Thanks for sharing.
Christina at Polka Dot Heart
I do, too! Even the slightest bit of flavor makes water all the more tasty! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a great weekend!
going to have to try this out. I have been doing really good and been drink 3 glasses of water a day. With 1-2 soda a week.
Good for you! I need to jump (and stay) on your bandwagon!
All of them are looking so yummy and delicious…:-)…will definitely try making these at home…thx a lot sweetie for sharing…:-)
I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Let me know if you ever make any delicious combinations of your own!
I hate plain water too. The Strawberry/Lime looks delish!
~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
It's amazing! Strawberry + lemon is delicious, too!
I'm so trying this! looks so refreshing <3
They really are. It may just be psychosomatic, but I don't care. Detox water makes me feel better about myself. Happy Saturday!
Such great ideas! I have had an orange slice in water before and it is just as fabulous as the above options. Thanks for posting!
I'm going to have to try orange water! I've heard nothing but good things! Plus, you just can't beat that burst of Vitamin C!
I personally hate plain water too! I know its horrible and lemon makes water so much better. I love the ideas you have besides lemon! I think I'll try the strawberry lime recipes and the detox one! Those sound delish! Thanks for these ideas.
Miss America Florida USA Knight wooohooo! You go girl, Knights do it better!
Hayyyy girl, K-N-I-G-H-T-S! 10th in the nation, what?! On another note, please do! They're amazing and oh-so refreshing!
This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Oh, if you have a chance, I am hosting a giveaway 🙂
I'll be sure to enter! Thank you for letting me know! 🙂
Last week I started drinking more water during the day but it gets so boring, so I will definitely be trying this!
Right? Plain water is just so blah. This adds a little more spunk and spice to sufficient hydration! Let me know what you think!
I've seen these all over Pinterest, they look and sound delicious, especially the strawberry and lime water. Thank you for sharing and for adding in some facts for us.
I (in collaboration with Wikipedia) do what I can 🙂 It's amazing… be sure to let me know what you think! So tasty.
Yum!!!! I am not a big fan of water either although I drink it like a camel. Thanks for these! I am going to have to try!
*Kendwy @ MindofKiwi
Well good for you! I wish I drank like a camel… unless I make a conscious effort, I'm perpetually dehydrated. This infused water helps… it's just so fun and tasty!
I am almost the complete opposite. I drink lots and lots of plain water. In fact it is all I drink most days, except for the cup of coffee I have a couple times a week. But your favored waters look delicious.
Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights
Good for you, girl! You must have incredible skin. I'm envious! I need to jump on your train… I have no excuse anymore for not ingesting enough water, especially not with these delicious infused water recipes lying around.
This is great, I love it! I love flavored water for a change!
Petite in Pearls
Same! It's the perfect amount of sass for boring old water! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Lauren!
These all look AMAZING. Lemon cucumber mint, yum! In Maui, our hotel often had infused waters with everything from orange-strawberry to pineapple-mint. So good!
Pineapple mint has my name alllllll over it! Yum!
My favorite is cucumber water and orange slices water. If I have an old orange, I slice it up and put in water. Your pictures are gorgeous, it makes me want to try all of them.
I'm definitely trying this orange water you speak of! I'm not a huge fan of lemons by themselves, since they're so tart, but orange water sounds fantastic. Thank you!!!
Sorry Stephanie, I got really busy because it's my busy season but I caught up with several of your posts.
Not a problem! I always appreciate you stopping by 🙂 Hope you're having a great new year thus far!
You're turning into a chef!
Honey, I baked you some water!
WOW all of those look really enticing and delicious! I have been meaning to try infused water for a MINUTE now and never get around to it. Your post has me interested again. I might make some this weekend. Thanks for stopping by WOW Link Up this week!