Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! We all know that we should be drinking plenty of water each day because of the many health benefits, such as aiding digestion, normalizing blood pressure and cushioning joints.
However, if you are tired of drinking plain water or just looking for a new refreshing taste, try infusing your water with fruit. The combinations are endless.
Infused water is easy to make. All you need is fresh produce (fruit, veggies, and herbs) along with cold water. The amount of produce you use is up to you, and the combinations will depend on the flavors you like.
Infused water is best to drink approximately 2 to 4 hours after prepared. A few combinations to consider are:
Fruit Infused Water
Serving size: 1 cup
- Lots of fresh water – a quart or more (may use sparkling water too!)
- ½ cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
- ¼ cup mango, diced
- ¼ cup blueberries
- 1 lime, sliced
- Handful of fresh mint
- Wash and slice fruit.
- Add all ingredients in a large pitcher and fill it to the top with water.
- Allow to sit for 2-4 hours for flavors to develop. Enjoy!
- Make as much as you want!
Nutritional information: serving size: 1 cup. Calories 0, Carbohydrates 0g, Protein 0g, Fat 0g.
Note: If consuming the actual fruit there will be a minimal amount of carbohydrates and calories – depending on how much water is added to the fruit and how many portions are consumed.
About the Author
Amy Kimberlain is a registered dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator and Care Specialist (CDCES) with Community Health  at Baptist Health South Florida. Ms. Kimberlain has 20 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics. Active in the community, she has contributed her expertise to various public health initiatives, including childhood obesity, diabetes and family health. Ms. Kimberlain is an academy media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. She earned bachelor’s degrees in nutrition and Spanish from Florida State University. She is also an avid runner and registered yoga teacher.