Drink Up with Fruit-infused Waters

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By Karen Tran; First Year Project Manager

With summer solstice just passing and the heat still rising, we are officially in summer! Don’t forget that in these hot summer months you’ll want to stay extra hydrated to keep those energy levels up. Drinking water is obviously the best choice to keep hydrated, but we all know water can get a little boring sometimes. That’s why we’re giving you some options to make drinking your water a little more fun so you can be sure to keep that hydration up in this heat!

Fruit-infused water not only adds flavor to your water, but it’s also refreshing and super easy to make. It makes plain water not so boring and works great as a healthier alternative to all those sugary beverages. Plus, if you end up eating the fruit you used in your infused water, you’ll get extra nutritional benefits.

Here are a few recipes for fruit-infused waters:

Strawberry, Lime, and Mint Water

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Water

Directions

  1. In a half-gallon jar or pitcher, fill with ice cubes, strawberries, sliced limes, and mint leaves.
  2. Add water to the pitcher and let soak for at least 30 minutes. The longer the soak, the stronger the flavor.
  3. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

Blueberry and Orange Water

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 mandarin oranges, cut into slices or wedges
  • A handful of blueberries
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  1. Fill a pitcher with ice, blueberries, oranges, and water.
  2. You may also squeeze the juice of an orange and muddle the blueberries to intensify the flavor.
  3. Refrigerate and soak for at least 2 hours to allow water to infuse.
  4. Serve cold!

Pineapple Orange Infused Water

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Ingredients

  • 1-quart water
  • 1 cup pineapple, cubed
  • 1 orange, sliced

Directions

  1. In a large glass or pitcher, fill with water, pineapple, and orange.
  2. Chill in refrigerator for 4-8 hours and up to 24 hours for maximum flavor.
  3. Serve cold and enjoy!

References:

http://blog.glassticwaterbottle.com/pineapple-orange-water/

https://wholefully.com/strawberry-lime-cucumber-and-mint-water/

http://www.thepeachkitchen.com/2013/07/blueberry-%E2%99%A5-orange-water-infuse-your-water/

http://yourhealthtube.com/infused-water-ideas-help-hydrate/

http://thechrisellefactor.com/2015/03/4-ways-to-drink-spa-water/

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