Fruit Infused Waters

FruitInfusedWater

Fruit infused waters can generally be any combination of fruits, vegetables, and herbs immersed in cold water. While fruit infused waters have the benefit of being full of flavor, they also have no calories, making them very powerful tool in your efforts to lose weight and gain better health. You can make a serving of infused water in a single glass, or use fruit infusion pitcher.

These simple detox water recipes are inexpensive, have almost zero calories, and taste great too! Standard glass of fresh squeezed orange juice contains the juice of 4 oranges or over 240 calories? On the other hand, three orange slices in an infused water only have 30 calories.

Fruit Infused Waters

Why not just drink juice? Several reasons:

Better Flavor – unlike juice, the flavor is gentle and very refreshing.

Less Sugar – Most fruit juice contains a lot of sugar. Juice is a source of naturally occurring sugars and it is better to consume fruit whole so that you get the fiber, which helps slow down sugar absorption.

Hydration- Fruit Infused waters contain much of the flavor of fruit juices, without the sugar, making it easier to drink more of them.

How to Make Fruit Infused Waters

Add desired fresh sliced (and peeled) fruits to 1/2 gallon or a whole gallon of water. For best flavor, leave at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors of the fruit infuse into the water.

Here are some herb and fruit infused water recipes:

STRAWBERRY, LIME, CUCUMBER AND MINT

In a half-gallon jar, or a 2 quart pitcher, layer the strawberries, cucumbers, lime slices, and mint leaves with the ice cubes. Fill jar or pitcher with water. Let chill for 10 minutes, and then enjoy!

Notes: Feel free to use sparkling water instead of still water. Obviously, the longer the water sits, the stronger the flavor. It’s mild at first, but after a few hours (or overnight) it’s quite strong.

CITRUS & BLUEBERRY

Slice two organic oranges into thin slices (leave the rind on for better flavor). Add sliced oranges and 1 cup of blueberries to a gallon size glass jar. Add filtered water to fill the jar and stir gently. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and store in refrigerator.

PINEAPPLE & MINT

Peel and thinly slice about 1/4 of a pineapple. The more thinly sliced the pineapple, the more flavor it will infuse. Add to a 1/2 gallon size glass jar with 10-12 leaves of fresh mint, muddled. Add filtered water to fill and stir until well mixed. Store in refrigerator.

WATERMELON & BASIL

Add about 2 cups of finely chopped fresh watermelon (without rind) to a gallon size glass jar. Add 15 leaves of muddled basil and filtered water to fill. Store in fridge and allow at least 4 hours to infuse.

MANGO & PINEAPPLE

Peel and thinly slice one fresh mango. Add to 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and filtered water and allow to infuse in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before drinking.

CHERRY & LIME

Add two cups of fresh cherries, cut in half and one fresh lime, sliced into thin slices, to a gallon size glass jar. Add water to fill. Mix gently and store in fridge until ready to drink.

GRAPEFRUIT & RASPBERRY

Add one grapefruit, thinly sliced with rind on, to a gallon size glass jar. Add 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, muddled slightly. Add water and mix well. Store in fridge for at least 4 hours before drinking.

GRAPE & ORANGE

Place 2 cups of grapes, sliced in half, into a gallon size glass jar. Add one orange, thinly sliced with rind on. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

MANGO & PINEAPPLE

Peel and thinly slice one fresh mango. Add to 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and filtered water and allow to infuse in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before drinking.

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