You’ve heard it before: One of the easiest tricks to feel energized and reach your weight loss goals is water, water and more water. Science says just one extra glass per meal can help you consume over 1,000 fewer calories per week! That’s because water is a great way to curb hunger, plus odds are good you’re passing up more caloric beverages like sugary juices.
But plain old H2O could use a little oomph, right? Luckily, infusing that glass of agua with ingredients like fruit, herbs and spices will make a big difference in the flavor department. From strawberry mint to ginger peach, here are 14 fruit infused water recipes that go so far beyond adding a lemon wedge.
14 Refreshing Fruit Infused Water Recipes
1. Lavender Lemonade
Nothing beats lemonade on a hot summer day, right? But instead of syrupy concentrate, make it homemade with fresh ingredients. Lavender adds a uniquely sweet twist that tastes a good as it looks. Plus, this recipe substitutes in raw agave nectar for a portion of the sugar so you can feel OK about downing a glass or two.
Photo and recipe: Kelly Gellner / Eat Yourself Skinny
2. Strawberry Mint Water
Put this fruity water in a pitcher at your next party, or fill up a water bottle for the next time you hit the gym. Simply slice a few berries and drop in a few mint leaves. Expert tip: Tear the leaves before you add them to the mix to release even more robust flavor.
Photo: Kylie Chevalier; Recipe: Ally / Inspired by This
3. Citrus Mint Water
This recipe features thick slices of antioxidant-rich grapefruit. Snack on the slices while you hydrate and you’ll get a dose of immunity-boosting lycopene. Lemon rounds out the citrusy taste, while mint and cucumber deliver a note of freshness.
Photo and recipe: Leigh Ann Chatagnier / My Diary of Us
4. Watermelon Basil Water
Watermelon and basil are sort of the unofficial stars of warm weather. Pair them in salads, salsas and, yes, even water. Fill your glass with wedges (including the rind) for a pop of green and pink, but fill with cubes and muddle the melon flesh if you’re going for more of a DIY watermelon water vibe. Photo and recipe: Natasha Kravchuk / Natasha’s Kitchen
5. Blackberry Mint Water
Let a pitcher of this sit for minimum of two hours (overnight if you’re in no hurry). By the time it reaches your glass your flavored water will have a tart yet sweet kick to it. And thanks to flavonoids, which give the berry its color and a hit of antioxidants, the blackberries are a great way to support your immune system.
Photo and recipe: Katie Enzenberger / The Casual Craftlete
6.Pear Vanilla Water
Pear, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla bean join forces for this unique sipper. Extra incentive? Ginger helps improve digestion, eases nausea and boosts your immune system while quenching your thirst.
Photo and recipe: Beth Manos Brickey / Tasty Yummies
7. Cardamom Rose Water
This combination just sounds soothing. Cardamom and rose petals come together for a unique, yet surprisingly successful treat for your senses. A big glass of this can replace your steaming cup of tea next time you treat yourself to a soak in the tub. Photo and recipe: Sue Moran / The View from the Great Island
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