Infused Water

I stink at drinking enough water. Seems strange doesn't it? I've never been good at this very simple healthy habit, but I'm trying! The recommended daily intake is about 8 glasses (8oz./glass) per day. To make this easier and more fun for myself, I'm using fresh herbs and produce from the farm and frozen fruit to make awesome infused waters! 

I asked my friends to save glass bottles for me to use. I love to recycle and repurpose! VOSS water bottles are perfect. 

If you want to try infusing your water, keep these tips in mind...
1.) You can let water infuse overnight if you refrigerate it, otherwise, room temperature infused waters should be consumed sooner, before bacteria can grow. 
2.) Fresh fruit is best, but frozen works too. Dry fruit won't give you much flavor or nutrients.
3.) I love fresh herbs! Cilantro, parsley, rosemary... Just be careful with some of the herbs as they can make your water bitter over time.
4.) Citruses such as lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits are awesome, but I take the rind and pith off (these can also make your water bitter!)
5.) You can infuse a second time, but the flavors won't be as strong. I throw everything in a blender when I get home with a little juice or tea and make a smoothie. You can compost if you're not feeling the muted smoothie. 

My favorite combinations:
1.) Citrus combo: use any citrus you have in the fridge! Lemons, limes and oranges are always tasty. Remember: oranges are sweeter.
2.) Cucumber, celery, cilantro, aloe pulp. 
3.) Ginger, rosemary, grapefruit, wild blueberries. 
4.) Rhubarb, lemon, strawberries.

Be creative. Have fun. Drink water. 

xoxo Jess