Replace sodas, juice and other sugary beverages today with 14 low calorie, healthy, delicious and easy to make paleo inspired fruit-infused water recipes.
You hear it all the time – for weight loss and better health you need to drink more water. But what do you do if you don’t like the taste of water? Enter fruit-infused water. Fruit-infused water combines the health benefits and taste of fruits, herbs and vegetables with water. Also known as vitamin water, fruit-infused water allows you to replace sodas, juice and other sugary beverages with healthy drinks that are just as delicious. If not more so!
1. Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil
Fruit-infused water isn’t sweet, so you’ll be very disappointed if that’s what you’re expecting. It doesn’t taste like fruit juice. Or a smoothie. Because it’s not fruit juice or whole pureed fruits. The flavors from the fruit are infused into the water. The fruit adds just a touch of flavor. Not an explosion of flavor by any means. A subtle touch of fruit flavor, with little or no sweetness. This is water with a little something extra.
Served in spas, fruit-infused waters seem so fancy. But it turns out they are very simple to make. And very refreshing!
2. Raspberry & Lime
Turns out it is as simple as just adding chopped fruits to a jar, bottle or pitcher of water, and allowing the flavors to infuse into the water over a few hours. Then straining the pieces of fruit from your water before drinking using a mini wire strainer. Or you could attach this BPA-free plastic strainer lid to a wide mouth mason jar. You can also invest in a fruit infusion pitcher. This is a great option if you think you’ll be making infused waters often. It is a very easy way to strain fruit from water. And for on-the-go fruit-infused water, you can now buy reusable fruit infusion water bottles.
3. Watermelon and Mint
To make your own fruit-infused water, be sure to use fresh ripe fruit that is in season for optimum flavor. When the fruit you want to use is not in season, you can use frozen fruit. Fruit to be frozen is always picked at the peak of ripeness. I’ve found frozen berries and peaches have a better flavor, sweetness, and of course have more nutrients, compared to fresh seasonal berries unless I catch the right week to buy berries in the store.
4. Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint
Use whatever fruits you like, except for bananas. Buy containers of pre-cut fruit or cut whole fruit yourself. Citrus and berries are popular to use. Fresh pineapple and watermelon also work well for flavoring water.
My favorite fruit-infused waters are blackberries + lime or pineapple + mint.
What are your favorite fruit infused water combinations?
5. Citrus and Cucumber
6. Grapefruit Rosemary Detox Water
7. Lemon and Cucumber
8. Citrus and Strawberry
9. Orange, Strawberry & Blueberry
10. Blackberry, Blueberry and Lemon
11. Detox Water
12. Detox: Cucumber, Raspberry, Blueberry & Coconut
13. Stressless: Watermelon, Strawberry & Rosemary
14. Recovery: Blackberries and Cherries with Pomegranate
If you’re looking for more recipes, check out the resources here
This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. Statements made here have not been evaluated by the FDA. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding in supplements or making any changes in your diet.