Posted On Sep 06, 2016
By Samantha Boden
How can we make water—the one thing necessary for our survival—a little less boring and a bit more delicious? Infuse it with fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an adequate intake for women is about 9 cups of water per day. That’s a lot of the wet stuff. Adding some flavor to water, however, will entice you to meet the daily recommendation.
The benefits of water consumption are endless. It aids in weight loss, flushes toxins out of vital organs, and keeps us hydrated. According to Dr. Mariza Snyder, co-author of Water Infusions, “It’s well known that increasing water intake is necessary for dropping excess weight, and fruit, veggie, and herb ingredients can boost that power.”
Infused waters offer a tasty alternative to the recommended daily amount of agua we need to drink. “Combining fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and essential oils in water provides crucial hydration,” says Dr. Snyder. “It helps the body fight inflammation and carry vital nutrients to tissue cells.” Infusion recipes can be custom-made to boost the immune system, replenish the skin, lift the mood, and aid in weight loss. “Once you research the benefits of specific ingredients, you can begin to create concoctions tailored to your needs.”
Consider infused ice cubes to add zest to your mixture, suggests Dr. Lauren Clum, Dr. Snyder’s co-author on Water Infusions. “The key to clear ice cubes is to use boiling water when filling ice cube trays,” shes says. Although it sounds counterintuitive, boiled water remains clear instead of cloudy, so flavorsome ingredients such as mint, small berries, and pomegranate seeds not only come through clearly but can boost the taste of plain or infused water. There’s no need for fancy tools to create fun infusions. “The absolute best combination of materials for infusion pitchers and water bottles is a glass container with a stainless steel insert,” Clum advises.
Best of all, it’s really difficult to ruin a pitcher of infused water. Some blends may be tastier than others, but have fun and play around with different ingredients. According to Clum, “The most important thing to remember when making water infusions is that you can’t do it wrong.”