Want to be healthier by just adding one simple thing to your diet?

30 Apr

That’s right, I said it. ONE thing can not only make you healthier, but helps your vital organs function properly, eliminate waste and toxins from the body, and make you look years younger. It’s not a pill, nor is it an expensive cream from Nordstrom, or something injected by a surgeon. It’s water. And if you are anything like the majority of the population, who is dehydrated, you aren’t drinking enough of it.

But, what happens when you don’t like drinking water? Well, you get creative, naturally. Without adding any sweeteners or artificial flavoring you can make some amazing, inexpensive and tasty waters that will leave you wanting to actually drink them. Here are some of my personal favorites that I brew for my clients daily at my spa in San Diego.

The first is Strawberry, Orange and Apple Infused Water. It’s a great starting point for those of you who aren’t too adventurous with flavors just yet. The key to all of the infused waters is to make them the night before you plan on drinking them to ensure that by the next morning the flavors are all there. Make sure to only reuse the fruit for 24 hours to ensure freshness.

 

For this recipe you need:

1 gallon of water

1 red apple (your choice)

1 orange (peeled, unless organic)

Approx 15 strawberries

Chop everything up, throw it in the bottom of a pitcher, pour water in, and place in fridge overnight.

Strawberry, Orange and Apple Water

Raspberry Peach Water
1 gallon water
1 basket red raspberries
1 whole peach, or two cups frozen peaches

rasppeach

Watermelon, Orange and Basil (now we are talking!)

1 gallon water
2 cups cubed watermelon
1 orange, peeled or organic
handful of fresh basil (the trick to the basil is to lightly squish it in your hand before you throw it in there)

fruits

Blackberry Lime

1 gallon of water
1 basket blackberries
1 lime (peeled or organic)

blacklime

Watermelon Rosemary (yep, you heard me!)

1 gallon of water
2 cups cubed watermelon
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

rosewater

Pineapple Mint

1 gallon water
2 cups (or more) cubed pineapple
handful of mint (squished in your hand)

pinemint

Starbucks Mix (aka cantaloupe, honey-dew, and grapes)

I jokingly call this the Starbucks mix, because it’s the same combination of fruits that is in their little fruit cup you can buy.

You need two cups grapes (red is best)
1 cup cantaloupe
1 cup honey dew
1 gallon water

starbuckswater

Grapefruit and Mint

This one wasnt a solid winner for me, as grapefruit often leaves a bitter taste to it. But, if you can find “sweet grapefruit” from your local farmers market this could be a 10!

1 gallon water
1 whole grapefruit, peeled
handful of fresh mint

grapemint

Apple pomegranate

2 whole apples (red variety) sliced
1 gallon water
half of a pomegranate (or you can be lazy like I was and buy them already out of the fruit. Then use two cups)

pomapple

Peach & Sage

I loved this one! I imagine apricot would also be great with sage. Can you imagine baking those two ingredients to make a sauce for your chicken? Um, yum!

1 gallon water
2 whole peaches
2 springs of fresh sage

peachsage

Orange Basil Water

This one seemed to be a spa favorite and was very refreshing on those hot days.

1 gallon water
2 oranges, peeled or organic
handful of basil

orangebasil

These are just SOME of the many waters I have tried. I will be branching out and experimenting with more in the future. Please take a moment to try these, and let me know which is your personal favorite. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to make you healthier one sip at a time.

Stay beautiful, and stay hydrated!!

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