How to Pimp Your Water
I feel I’ve been copied. Everyone is now pimping their water and making cool creations of vitamin infused water. While I think I’m probably the creator of this ingenous water creation, I’m probably not. Okay well- I’m not at all… haha. But I’ll still take credit for a little bit of this action and showing so many on my instagram account on how to enjoy water more!
So why infuse your water?
Adding various fruits, vegetables or fresh herbs allows you to get many of the benefits such as vitamin A, C, it adds extra hydration (think about how cooling and hydrating cucumbers and watermelon are!) into your water. It tastes better and makes it much more pleasant to drink!
I have so many various fruit combinations that I enjoy doing and really I end up just adding whatever I have in my fridge. I get asked the question of what to do with the fruit/veg afterwards and I made THIS video about it. Mainly, I reuse them all day long, sometimes two days (depending on where I am and how hot it is. When I was in Greece, the temperature is so high that the produce goes back much quicker. TIP: Putting this in your fridge instead of leaving it out will help to preserve the produce for longer.)
Some of the best combinations:
- strawberries, lime, mint – taste just like a mojito.
- Blueberries, strawberries, mint
- Lemon, lime, mint, strawberries
- Basil and strawberries
- Cucumber, mint, strawberries
- Rosemary and lemon
These are just a few and as you can see I love using strawberries. This is because they infuse better than blueberries, unless you crush them.
So how do you infuse your water?
- Decide on your “jug” of choice. My go to is a 1L mason jar with wide mouth, this is because it’s easy to add the produce, as well as take it out when you’re finished.
- Wash your produce. This is especially needed if you’re not using organic products. This will reduce the pollutants such as pesticides and any little creatures/dirt off before adding water. (I recommend putting ALL your produce, whether using in water or just eating, in a big bowl, fill with water and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Stir and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse and voila! Clean veggies.)
- Chop up your lemons, limes, cucumber, strawberries or whatever else you’ll put in the water. If you’re using basil or mint, chopping it will let the nutrients be infused a tad easier. (Same with your veggies. Think about putting in a whole lemon versus chopping it… get it?)
- Add your water. I just do tap water, but you can use bottled or to jazz it up use sparkling water.
- Let it sit. Depending on how long you have, either make it the night before or as I do, right after I wake up. Then I drink after my morning yoga, run, or just a shower.
When you’ve finished the water, just fill it up again!
Now those steps might seem a bit long, but trust me that this is one of the easiest things you can do, especially if you’re using a big jug that you can pour water from throughout the day.
I’d love to know your favorite combinations. Tweet me your best #PimpedOutWater pictures so I can see your amazing creations!