Drink This: Flavored Waters

May 25, 2011


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[F]or years we have been told to drink more water. We’ve all heard the line about “drink eight glasses a day” – which seems to now be something of a myth. Turns out the body is pretty smart – it knows what it needs and asks for it. That’s what thirst is – the body saying it needs more water.

Don’t confuse this with the brain. The brain asks for what it WANTS, not for what it needs. It’s NEEDS water. It WANTS another Oreo.

But I digress.

Regardless, water is important and lots of things benefit from it. I have recently seen tremendous skin improvement by cutting out sodas (mostly… I’m working on it) and focusing mainly on waters and organic juices. I’ll admit water is not always the tastiest of drinks and there are times where you just need a little flavor – a little oomph – to it.

Enter flavored waters.

Don’t be fooled by the tons of flavored or enhanced waters flooding the grocery store shelves lately. They’re on to the trend, but still are loaded with artificial sweeteners, dyes and flavorings. That is no bueno.

It takes very little effort to make a flavored water – here are a few ideas, but the possibilities are endless. I prefer organic ingredients for health and lifestyle choices, but use your favorite summer flavors and experiment!

Love this idea? Check out Brian Preston-Campbell’s book Cool Waters: 50 Refreshing, Healthy Homemade Thirst-Quenchers *

Cucumber-Mint Water
(from Fine Cooking)
Yields: 1 3/4 quarts; Serves 7

1/4 cup lightly packed organic mint leaves
2 Tbs. granulated organic sugar
1 cup boiling water
1 medium English cucumber (about 1 lb.), peeled, seed core removed, and cut into chunks (2 1/2 cups)
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

Put the mint leaves and sugar in a small pot and crush the leaves with a wooden spoon. Pour in the boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to steep and cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a blender, puree the cucumber with 2 cups cold water. Strain the cucumber liquid an mint liquid through a fine strainer into a large bowl; discard the solids.

Pour the liquid into a large pitcher. Add the lemon juice and 3 cups cold water; stir to combine. Serve over ice.

Other combos to consider:

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One Response to “Drink This: Flavored Waters”

  1. Clark Kent's Lunchbox Says:

    That sounds really good, especially here in Houston right now. It’s not even summer yet!