Drinking plain ole water has never really been a problem for me—except when I was pregnant. I just couldn’t stomach plain water for almost my entire pregnancy. Before that, I had always laughed at people that said they didn’t like “the taste” of water. What taste!? Water is tasteless! And then I became pregnant, had the morning sickness from hell, and I totally got it. Water tasted terrible for all 42 weeks I was pregnant. My savior during that time? Infused waters!
Now, even though I’m back to enjoying plain (ice cold, thankyouverymuch) water, I still love the treat of some fruit-infused water. It just feels so refreshing, summery, and let’s be honest, fun! Opening up the fridge to see a beautiful pitcher of infused water just makes me want to drink more. When the healthy choice is also the fun choice, it’s a lot easier to make a good-for-you decision.
Honestly, you can put just about whatever fruit you like into a pitcher of water and enjoy the mild, light flavor, but I think it’s so much more fun (and beautiful!) to do tasty combinations of fruits and herbs. I thought I’d show you eight of my favorite combinations today. But before we dig in, a few notes about infused waters:
- The longer they rest, the stronger the flavor. Within about 15 minutes, you’ll get a nice, mild flavor of whatever you’re infusing the water with. The longer it infuses, the stronger the flavor will get.
- You can reuse the fruit for more batches. I can normally get about four refills before the flavor of the fruit is all gone. Keep refilling that pitcher or carafe! I like to make up a carafe in the morning, refill it throughout the day, and then compost the fruit before bed. The flavor will fade after each refill, but it’ll still be delicious. Once your fruit has lost all it’s flavor, compost it.
- The nutritional benefit is increased hydration. Infusing water with fruit might add a negligible amount of nutrients from the fruit, but the real nutritional benefit is to make you want to drink more water! Hydration is good.
- Drink it that day. For the best flavor, drink it the day you make it—you might be able to get by with 36 hours, depending on how fresh your fruit is, but it’s best to make it when you want to drink it. For citrus fruits with peel, you want to drink it within a few hours or the water tends to get bitter.
- You can use sparkling or regular water. Use whatever kind of water makes you happy. Sparkling water makes everything feel a bit more fancy, doesn’t it?