Swap out the juice and stay refreshed and hydrated with these fun infused water recipes.
Water is your number one cleansing companion. It flushes out nasty, unwanted toxins, plays a huge role in digestion, increases energy, gives us a glowing complexion and helps with weight loss. Still, most of us often fall short of drinking enough. And, when it comes to kids, getting them to drink water often comes down to nagging, begging, pleading and sometimes even bribing them. No matter how wonderFULL water is, it can be downright dull compared to other beverages.
If you’re trying to ramp up your family’s water intake or kick a juice or soda habit to the curb, adding fresh fruit and herbs to water can encourage even the most forgetful and reluctant of us to start sipping with a smile. Today we’re highlighting nine of our current favorites, along with our best tips so you’re sure to find one you love!
What do I need to make infused water?
The great part about infused water is that it’s so easy to make. All you really need is fresh produce (fruit, veggies and/or herbs) and water.
You can make infused water in individual servings OR brew a large batch in an infused pitcher. For single servings, we’ve found that mason jars work best, but you can use any bottle or glass. When infusing water in the fridge, a lid helps prevent scents from other foods from joining the fruity infusions in your water.
Recommended water pitchers for infusing
Our entire family is hooked on infused water (yep, even the kids!), so we use a pitcher to make big batches for everyone to enjoy. We’ve researched, tested and tried out quite a few pitchers available and found the following two to be the best options.
- HIWARE Fruit Infuser Pitcher: It’s attractive, dishwasher safe and made of glass, so there aren’t concerns about chemicals from plastic contaminating your water or affecting it’s taste. Another benefit of it being glass is that it’s safe for boiling water (if you want to serve a large batch of hot tea or cocoa to guests). The biggest con: It has a smaller, 64-ounce capacity.
- Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker: This is actually a cold brew coffee maker that can double as a water infuser. We’ve used this to infuse water AND to make cold brew coffee. The biggest con: Even though it’s BPA-free, it’s still made of plastic.
Are commercial-flavored waters good for me?
Even though commercial flavored waters have zero calories, they aren’t necessarily healthy.
Most are sweetened with some type of highly processed sugar (high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave syrup) or with an artificial sweetener (sucralose, aspartame). They often contain artificial ingredients (preservatives, flavorings, dyes) and natural flavors which, despite their name, are generally just as processed as artificial flavors.
Many seemingly “healthy” flavored waters offer no nutritional or health benefits, can lead to weight gain and have been linked to fatigue, food addiction, ADHD, cancer and other health issues.
A few tips to make your infused water SUPER kid-friendly
Kids are often terrible at drinking water, but when they feel included AND their water tastes great, they’re much more likely to drink plenty of it.
- Be a good role model. The most overlooked but useful practice when teaching children almost anything is for you, as a parent, to model it to your children yourself.
- Give them options! Kids LOVE independence. Let them choose produce to add to their water. Give them some options and then encourage them to get creative.
- Go with their favorites. If your kiddos don’t have an interest in coming up with flavor combos, that’s okay! Go with their favorites. If they love apples, use apples. If they hate lime, avoid it. If they’re not a big fan of fruit, start with their absolute favorite and build up over time.
- Get them involved in making it. If they go to the supermarket with you, let them pick out the produce. Then, when you get home, allow them to help wash, chop and add it to the water.
- Let them come up with a cool name for their concoctions. Berry Blast, Mega Melon, whatever makes it more fun!
- Create a friendly competition out of it. Kids, and adults, love a little competition. When everyone is home (possibly over the weekend), see who can drink the most water!
- Make it fun and fancy. I don’t know about you, but my girls love to dress things up with accessories. To give their water a “fun and fancy” feel, we sometimes add fruit to a (flat, not pointy) skewer and place it in their water.
- Celebrate! One thing we’ve recently added to our daily routine is a reward chart. The girls get to add stars to their chart anytime they complete something on the daily list. The latest addition to their chart: WATER! As an incentive, the girls get a new book, sticker, or some sort of reward (that doesn’t involve food!) whenever they get “x” number of stars by the end of the week. Since I use my Healthy Living Log for daily accountability, it’s been fun to check off water along with the girls as a family activity!
How thick should I slice my produce?
This really depends on how much time you have and how flavorful you want your water to be.
For faster, more flavorful infusions, thinly sliced fruits and vegetables work best. For longer infusions, slightly thicker cuts of fruits and vegetables work best because they impart their flavors into the water without breaking down and becoming overly mushy.
Should fresh herbs be muddled?
Many infused water recipes suggest gently muddling (bruising or pressing) the herbs first to help release the oils within the leaves. We’ve had great success simply tearing the leaves prior to infusing the water. It really comes down to how quickly you want your water infused and how profound you want the herb flavor to be.
Can I use frozen fruit?
While frozen fruits can be used in a pinch, they tend to become mushy faster than they infuse water with their flavors.
How long does it take to infuse water?
You can drink infused water within 30 minutes, but the flavor will still be pretty light at that point. We recommend waiting at least an hour before drinking your infused water. So you don’t have to worry about timing, we recommend infusing your water overnight so it has plenty of time to impart flavor and chill.
How long should the fruit, veggies and herbs stay in the water?
While you can leave the fruits, vegetables and herbs in the water for as long as you like, it’s best to strain or remove them within 24 hours before they significantly break down. Removing them, along with refrigerating your infused water, increases its shelf-life to 3-4 days.
Can citrus peels make my water bitter?
Yes! When using citrus fruits like oranges, lemons or limes, the water can become bitter from the peel. You can prevent this from occurring by either removing the rinds BEFORE infusing the water or removing the citrus slices from the water within 2-4 hours of infusing.
Can I eat the fruit after infusing water with it?
You can, but don’t get too excited about it. After hours submerged in water, the fruit loses most of its flavor, so it tastes pretty bland.
How can I chill my infused water?
Creating ice cubes using the same (or different) fruit is a great way to give your beverage a little fancy flare and chill it without watering it down.
How much water should I be drinking each day?
We have heard various suggested amounts of daily water intake or ways to figure out how much you need. One way to get a generalized idea of how much water you should be drinking daily is to divide your weight by two. This equals the approximate number of ounces you should be drinking daily. So, if you weigh 140 pounds, you would want to drink around 70 ounces of water or 8 ¾ eight-ounce glasses daily.
Things to take into account for impacting your increased need for water consumption are:
- Your size
- How physically active you are
- What temperature your environment is
- Your alcohol intake
How much water should my children be drinking each day?
Just like adults, there is no magic amount of water that kids should drink every day. According to healthychildren.org: To stay well hydrated, children ages 1-3 years need approximately 4 cups of beverages per day, including water or milk. This increases for older kids to around 5 cups for 4-8 year olds, and 7-8 cups for older children.
How can I ensure that I drink enough water each day?
Our Healthy Living Log is a fun way to make hydration part of your core wellness routine!
There are so many tasty, infused water combos you can make. You can customize your infused water recipe with whatever fruit, vegetables or fresh herbs you have on hand. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients!
A general rule of thumb: For every 2-3 cups of water, allot approximately ¼-⅓ cup of fresh fruit and/or veggies and a small sprig of fresh herbs.
Top tips for infusing water
- For faster results, slice your produce thinly or cut them into small chunks.
- Whenever possible, use organic produce so it’s free from pesticides and chemicals.
- 8 oz. AND/OR 16 oz. wide-mouth mason jars work GREAT for single servings of infused water.
- A pitcher works well for brewing family-size batches.
- To avoid bitterness from citrus fruits, cut away the piths and rinds. You can also set a timer to remove the citrus after 1-2 hours (no more than 4 hours).
Fruit-infused water is a refreshing and delicious way for you and your family to stay hydrated.
It’s perfect when you’re craving something flavorful, refreshing and slightly sweet without added sugar and artificial sweeteners.
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