Infused water is all the rage right now! Infusion is the process of extracting chemical compounds or flavors from plant material in a solvent such as water, oil or alcohol, by allowing the material to remain suspended in the solvent over time (a process often called steeping). It involves steeping fruits, veggies, and/or herbs with water until the flavors fuse together. Infused water is a perfect substitute for sugary beverages such as fruit juices, pre-made iced tea, soda, and energy drinks.
There are many health benefits of infused water including appetite control, hydration, immune defense, heartburn prevention, blood sugar regulation and weight management. It also benefits your digestive system, protects your immune system, and supports fat burning.
Infusing water is certainly better tasting than normal water, and incredibly easy to make! For a large batch of infused water, fill a pitcher with water, mix in some chopped up fruits, veggies, and/or herbs and let it sit for 2 – 8 hours.
So soak up the sun and some healthy water this summer!
Here are some suggested ingredients:
grapefruit + sage//rosemary//mint//basil
lemon + mint//cilantro//basil
lemon + lime + cilantro
lemon + ginger
Meyer lemon + tangerine + pear + hot green pepper + cilantro
lemon + orange + ginger
blood orange + ginger + basil
cucumber + lemon + lime + mint//basil
cucumber + grapefruit + sage//rosemary
cucumber + watermelon + mint
carrots + apple + lemon + ginger
carrots + pomegranate + sage
honeydew + cantaloupe + watermelon + sage//mint
watermelon + mint//rosemary//basil
cantaloupe + blood orange + lemon
pear + rosemary//sage
banana + nectarine + basil
raspberry + lime + mint
orange + lime + mint
blackberries + sage
blackberries + raspberries + strawberries + mint
strawberries + grapefruit + sage
apple + plum + blueberries + mint//sage
cherries + lime + mint