When it comes to beverages I typically choose water, with the occasional Diet Dr. Pepper thrown in to change things up. This is fine, but sometimes it is just plain boring which results in decreased intake and I end up going in to a workout feeling a bit parched or waking up flat-out dehydrated. I decided to take steps to fix that this weekend. Enter – DIY Flavored Water.
Step 1 – Acquire super cute pitchers.
I saw that Kristen had the stemless wine glass version a while back, and while searching the Pier 1 website, I discovered they had Liter sized glassware as well. Perfect for serving flavored waters in. I finally got around to going to the store yesterday and was ecstatic they had what I wanted. EDIT: If you are planning on going to Pier 1, check out the website for printable coupons 1st to save yourself some $$. Kate (you know, hott girl in a bikini from my last post) passed along that piece of advice to us!!
Step 2 – Purchase random produce and add to H2O.
I decided to make two different types: Cucumber Pear Mint and Lemon Raspberry Water. For the Cucumber Pear Mint I added 1/2 english cucumber, 1 pear, and about 12 mint leaves to 1 Liter of water.
For the Lemon Raspberry I added 1 lemon and about 3 oz. raspberries to 1 Liter of water. I let both chill in the fridge for a few hours. I have also refilled both containers a few times so far, keeping the original fruit/vegetables in them.
Step 3 – Enjoy and no longer worry about dehydration!
These flavored waters were just what I needed to encourage fluid intake throughout the day without resorting to a sugary drink (p.s. – thank you all for comments about my NYC sugary drink ban post). I REALLY like the crispness of the cucumber pear mint water and the addition of raspberries to typical lemon water.
I see more flavor water experimenting in my future. Ginger Peach, Pineapple Mint, Blackberry Sage….the possibilities are endless!
Any flavored water “recipes” you recommend? How was your weekend – hectic, relaxing, active…a mix of all?