I don’t know about you, but this summer my drink of choice is water. It’s inexpensive, healthy, and so refreshing. If you don’t believe me then make sure you read this ECG article, Why You Should Drink More Water, and then head back here. I know some people are not crazy about water because they don’t like the taste or think it’s boring. But I hope you (like me) are also sticking with a lot of water this summer, and if for a second that’s too “blah,” then try some of these recipes for a fun twist on your typical H20 experience.
Are you on the go?
If you need more than just water, but you’re always out and about then try some store bought flavorings. Crystal light and koolaid have their own single serving pouches which you can add right to your water bottle, shake, and enjoy. Also there’s a new brand called MiO which is flavoring in a liquid form which you can add as well. It’s basically like fixing one glass of koolaid or instant iced tea on the go, and many of the flavorings around only around 5 calories. Not bad.
Are you sporty?
If you’ve ever tried a sports drink (like a powerade or gatorade), you’ve probably noticed that the drink seems a little salty. You’re also probably attributed this saltiness to the strongly advertised “electrolytes”, which should be present in the drink. And the truth is, if you’re looking for electrolytes all you need is a little salt added to your water bottle. Salt also helps your body absorb the water more quickly, which is especially great during a basketball game or long run where you’re losing a lot of liquid by sweating.
ECG tip: Be careful about how much salt you put in. You only need a little to get the benefits of the electrolytes.
Are you a little tropical?
The prettiest and healthiest choice for you, is to add fresh fruit right to your water. You can buy a bag of mixed fruit or berries at the store (sometimes frozen). If your fruit is frozen, then you can use them just as you would ice cubes. If the fruit is thawed you can mash a portion of it, so more of the juices are released and then add it to the water. Slice up a few pieces of your favorite fruit and put those in last. Make sure you use a glass pitcher or bottle if you want to see how pretty your water will look.
Are you feeling effervescent?
Do you need to get that fix of carbonation like you get with a nice glass of soda? You can still get it with club soda or carbonated water. Mix the bubbly water with some fruit juice or fruit juice concentrate. You will essentially be making your own “soda,” which is not ideal, but when you mix it yourself, you can control exactly what you’re fixing. Using juices high in sugar or even with artificial sugar may be very tasty, but should not be a big part of your diet, so fix this in moderation.
Are you feeling more sophisticated?
Seeing sliced cucumbers in iced water always makes me think of a spa, where incredibly sophisticated women are sure to frequent. I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to taste the cucumbers though, since cucumbers already have such a high water content. Instead try some other greens. My favorite is a little crushed mint. A little mint just makes everything a little more refreshing. If you happen to have any fresh herbs, crush them up and try it in a glass of water. Who knows? It might be just the pick-me-up you need.
What Do You Think?
What will you be drinking this summer? Leave us a comment and let us know?