There’s a scene in the movie Anchorman where a sweaty and dishevelled Ron Burgundy quenches his thirst on a sweltering summer day with a carton of milk. Grimacing he laments “Milk was a bad choice…” As Ron Burgundy can tell you, nothing refreshes like plain water.
While water is great for staying hydrated, it doesn’t taste like much. If you’re like most people, you might prefer drinking something with a little flavor. Juices, however natural they might claim to be, are unfortunately loaded with sugar. A glass of orange juice, for example, has the sugar from 9 or 10 oranges and almost none of the fibre. Without the fibre of raw fruit to balance this sugar out, juices are generally an insulin-spiking, unhealthy choice.
So, what are the alternatives?
Unsweetened iced tea can be great, but be mindful of the caffeine it contains. Too much caffeine can elevate your heartrate and lead to post-high lethargy; not good on a hot day.
Water infusions are a much better choice, offering the refreshing hydration and health benefits of plain water, but without all of the sugar and caffeine.
Here are some great water infusions that you can make at home to enjoy your 8 glasses of daily water.
- Watermelon Mint: Dice up a cup of fresh watermelon into 1” cubes. Rinse and chop 4 sprigs of fresh mint. Place the ingredients in a 1.5L glass pitcher and fill with fresh water. Chill in the fridge for 4 hours.
- Strawberry Cucumber: Wash 6 – 8 fresh strawberries, including the stems and leaves. Cut them into quarters, leaving leave and stems attached. Add ¼ of a medium-sized cucumber, cut into thin disc slices. Place the ingredients in a 1.5L glass pitcher and refrigerate for 4 hours.
- Rosemary Grapefruit: Peel a fresh grapefruit. Set aside half, and roughly cut the remaining half into chunks. Add 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Place the ingredients in a 1.5L glass pitcher and chill for 4 hours.
There are hundreds of possibilities to spruce up your water this summer. These are just a few you might not have tried.
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