Proper hydration is so important for every body system yet many of my clients struggle to drink two litres daily. Part of the problem is that drinking plain water can become boring and sometimes you just want something with a little flavour. Rather than turn to shop-bought vitamin water, which is often loaded with sugar – or worse, soda – try making a healthy homemade version! With these blends of real fruits, veggies and herbs, your tastebuds will never get bored.
When you make vitamin water at home, you and your family will find it easier to stay hydrated because your water will look and taste more appealing. You benefit from the direct consumption of fruit and therefore have a better intake of dietary fibre during the day. You also benefit from the vitamins and minerals and antioxidants that leach into the water from the fruit, vegetables and herbs. On top of all this you avoid the chemicals, sugar, artificial sweeteners and taste enhancers that find there way into most shop bought drinks.
Here are 7 vitamin water recipes that will add some spice to your water. You can have a lot of fun trying out different combinations!
Mix in a jug: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel seeds in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Mix in a jug: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
Mix in a Jug: 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a jug: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
Mix in a jug: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
Mix in a jug: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.
Mix in a jug: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.