Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint Water

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Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Food

strawberry lime water

There is something about warmer weather that makes me want to drink all the flavored beverages ever. Somehow, it seems like plain ole water just doesn’t do the trick when it’s 75 degrees like it did when it was blizzarding back in January. If I’m being totally honest, what I really want is a really cold gin and tonic, heavy on the lime, that I sip on while swinging on our front porch swing as the sun goes down, but I’ll have to wait for that kind of beverage until June.

strawberries, cucumbers, lime, mint

For now, I’m getting my fill of fun, flavorful drinks by consuming a ton of naturally-flavored waters. I know, I know. You can buy flavored waters (both regular and sparkling) at the grocery store for almost nothing, and it’s so much easier than making your own. You’re right, it is so much more convenient to just snag a bottle or two off the shelf, but I love being able to customize my own combinations. I love knowing exactly what I’m drinking. And I love seeing this beautiful jar of deliciousness sitting in the fridge. It’s like a work of art!

strawberry lime water

Even though I was a water-drinking expert pre-pregnancy, I’ve struggled a lot with staying hydrated throughout my pregnancy because the taste of water (even filtered water) really didn’t agree with my pregnancy tastebuds. Flavored waters have been a lifesaver over the past eight months.

Water is important all the time. And it’s important throughout an entire pregnancy. But it’s especially important in the third trimester, when dehydration has been shown to trigger preterm labor. If I can keep Baby J growing inside for a bit longer just by getting my fill of water each day, I’m going to do it! Plus, staying property hydrated during the third trimester helps keep me from retaining water—no swollen feet or ankles for me (yet).

strawberry water

What I’ve been doing is filling up a half-gallon Mason jar (we inherited ours, but I’ve seen these at craft stores—check Michael’s and Hobby Lobby) with my water flavorings, ice and water in the morning, with a goal of getting through it twice in a day. That’s roughly 120 ounces of water, or 15 glasses, a day. The flavoring fruits, veggies and herbs will easily get me through two jar fill-ups and still keep their flavor. And in fact, I usually use them for two or more days. Basically, when they lose their flavor, I toss them in the compost and start over with a new combo. But until then, I just keep on filling it up!

strawberry cucumber water

In this jar, I used cucumbers, lime, strawberries and fresh mint. The cucumber, mint and lime make the water taste so refreshing and bright! And the strawberries just add a tiny touch of natural sweetness. If you wanted even stronger flavor, you could also muddle the mix-ins (mush them up) before pouring in your water. If you do that, I recommend straining the water before drinking—unless you like to chew chunks of cucumber and pick out lime seeds from your water.

This combination is one of my favorites, not only because it tastes yummy, but also because it just looks so darn pretty! I’m (obviously) a visual person, and I really think there is something in my noggin that says, “Hey, that’s pretty, I want to drink that!” and makes it more appealing to me than just regular ole water.

Enjoy!

Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint Water

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 1/2 gallon

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. 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!
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Notes

  • I can get 2-4 fill-ups out of one batch of flavorings, but you might want to change out your flavorings sooner for stronger flavor.
  • 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.

Do you drink enough water? What’s your favorite way to make sure you stay hydrated?

Things I’m Digging…

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Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Lifestyle

flower stock

1 Bulbs. You know what are amazing? Bulbs. You take a few minutes to plant them in the Fall. And then do nothing to them, and magically, they pop up in the Spring (just when you think you’re never going to see another flower again) and give you all kinds of pretty, pretty flowers year-after-year. People think gardening (veggie and flowers) is complicated, but planting a couple hundred bulbs is pretty much easiest, quickest way to get beautiful flowers and color in your yard in the Spring (and for years to come). Seriously, anyone can plant and grow some daffodil, tulip, crocus and hyacinth bulbs. Do it this Fall. I promise it’ll make your Spring next year so much happier.

me hair

2 My shorter hair. On a whim last week, I drove to the local cosmetology school and asked them to chop off 12+ inches of hair. Best. Decision. Ever. I was hemming and hawing about paying for an expensive haircut for months (I really hate spending that money), and it just meant that I spent months with hair that was way-too-long, way-too-fried, and way-too-scraggly. The truth is, I’m really laid back about my hair, so an $8 haircut from the beauty school is a perfect fit for me. Heck, I even splurged and added on a deep conditioning treatment and a scalp massage. Grand total with tip? $20. And I’m thrilled with my ready-for-summer hair.

acure

3 The entire Acure line. Last TID post, I told you how obsessed I was with my Acure Day Cream, well, my Acure obsession has spread. I’m now totally into their entire line of beauty products. It breaks my frugal heart a little bit to be so into a not-so-cheap line of beauty products, but I don’t feel so bad about it considering Acure is a family-run company out of Florida, and they make all-organic products. Oh, and their products rock! They smell amazing and work incredibly well (and they’re well-rated on the Skin Deep database). Obsessed.

diaper bag

4 SkipHop Duo Diaper Bag. Admittedly, I have yet to start using this bag as a diaper bag, but I am using it as an everyday bag, and I’m totally obsessed with it. I started carrying it around mostly because third trimester=hungry all the time. And hungry all the time=need to pack more snacks. And need to pack more snacks=need a bigger bag. I love all the pockets and spots for things. I love that it doesn’t look like a diaper bag. I love that it’s big enough to fit everything I need (and lots more) but not so big that I feel like I’m carrying a suitcase. I can see us using this bag long after we’re through the diaper stage. In fact, I recommend it as an awesome messenger bag for childfree folks. It would make an amazing bag for school or work. Love.

barn grass

5 Green grass. Sweet, glorious, green grass! We’ve had a ton of rain over the past week, and while it’s caused some issues (mudslides and flooding!), a really awesome pro of all that water is the grass is finally growing. Yay! I always get so excited when the grass starts growing. And then I remember we have to mow about five acres of it every week for the next six months…

What are you digging lately?