We all know about the health benefits of drinking water throughout the day. Not only does it help your organs function better, staying hydrated is great for your skin, mood and energy levels. Staying on top of your intake can be challenging at times, and let’s face it — sometimes you want a tasty beverage or treat instead of a glass of regular ol’ H20. That’s where these three recipes come in; they are a few of my favorite water-based combos meant to help incorporate hydration throughout the day. Try them and let me know what you think!
3 Delicious Water Recipes To Keep You Hydrated
1. Warm & Spicy Water
Next time you’re craving a hot cup of tea or coffee, try this instead. Caffeine can be dehydrating, missing the point of drinking water all together.
• cayenne pepper
optional: mint and/or honey
Boil enough hot water for your serving. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice per serving. Delicately sprinkle in cayenne pepper to taste. If you prefer sweet to spicy, skip the cayenne and add a touch of honey and a sprig of mint instead.
Stir and enjoy!
2. Zen Water
One of my favorite things about visiting a spa is getting to enjoy deliciously refreshing spa water. There’s no reason this drink should be designated only to environments promoting zen! I like to keep a pitcher of what I call “zen water” at home so I can enjoy it any time. It’s also easy to pour it into a to-go bottle so I can sip on it throughout the day. There are no rules to this recipe, so feel free to get creative with other fruits!
• 1 cucumber
• 1 orange
• 1 lemon
• 1 cup fresh mint leaves
Slice the cucumber, orange, lemon, and lime in thin to medium slices. Chop mint leaves. Place all in pitcher. Add cold water and let it sit for about an hour before enjoying. Drink slightly chilled or at room temperature over ice.
3. Super Chill Popsicles
Frozen water counts, too! Let us not forget the treat most of us have been loving our entire lives: popsicles. If you don’t have a popsicle mold, no worries, you can use small disposable cups and craft sticks instead.
• any of your favorite fruits
• 1 lemon or lime
Dice your seedless fruits and combine them in a bowl. (I usually go for kiwi, strawberries and pineapple). Scoop enough of the fruit mixture to fill just over half of each mold or small cup. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon or lime juice, whichever you prefer, to each pop. Fill to the line with water. Add your craft sticks if you’re using cups.
Freeze until ready to enjoy!
What are some of the ways you like to make water more exciting? Please share!