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OK, let’s fly into this, butterfly sisters! We need to stay hydrated, so let’s go.
What is a good way to flavor water?
Your way. You know what you like, so stick with that and you can’t go wrong. If you’re adventurous, you just might stumble onto a combination you never knew you liked, so be open and experiment.
6 tips for adding flavor to water without sugar
Try these six tips and let me know what you think. This also works for tea, hot or cold (you just need the right equipment). Keep reading to find out how.
1. Try infused water
What is infused water? It’s water with an added essence of flavor. The source of the flavor can vary depending on your taste. To infuse water, you simply need to choose your ingredients, place them in a container of water and let it all get happy together overnight. Not sure where to start? Try some of my favorite infused water recipes for inspiration.
You can also buy an infuser pitcher, infuser water bottle, infuser pod, or infuser disposable bags. These products make it easy to add the essence of your favorite fruit, herbs, vegetables, and spices to your water.
Add your ingredients to the infuser, place it in the water, and let it steep in your fridge between eight and 24 hours. The longer you let it infuse, the more intense the flavor will become.
The water doesn’t have to be hot, but if you’d like to try this method hot or with tea, be sure to use infusing products that are suitable for hot water. Here are some of my picks:
The heat safe infuser pods are often small, so you will have a limited amount of space to pack in your ingredients. They are really for loose tea, but I like to bend the rules (shhh, don’t tell nobody). Be sure to follow directions as well as information on care and cleaning on any infuser product you buy for best results and product longevity.
2. Try blended beverages
Yep, it’s really that simple. Pour your water in a high-powered blender (I love my Vitamix), add your fruit, veggies, or herbs and get-ta blending!
You can drink it straight, but for a smoother drink pour your blend through a strainer or cheesecloth (I find this a bit messy, but it does work).
3. Make your own flavor extract
Now this is fun. I got this idea from Gemma Stafford of Bigger Bolder Baking. Sure, you can buy extracts at the store, but where is the fun in that I ask you? Where?
Check out this great video from Gemma:
I really hope you will give these recipes a try. It’s so much fun to create something on your own. You might like it so much that you give extracts as Christmas gifts this year. Hmm, I think I just realized what I am getting for my cousins!
4. Make your own syrup
You can make your own sugar-free fruit syrup to flavor your water. I find that berries are the best fruits for this, and other soft fruits like mango or peaches. I like to use stevia for a sweetener. My favorites are Sweet Additions ( I buy it from Aldi) and Pyure.
Here is my recipe for sugar-free blueberry fruit syrup:
I add lemon juice because I think it is a good accompaniment for blueberry flavor, but you can skip it if you don’t like lemons. When I am ready to drink my water or tea, I simply pour in the strained liquid to taste. I usually end up using it in three days.
5. Try crushing your fruit
For a quick flavor infusion for water, just mash your desired fruit in a bowl with a potato masher, back of a fork, or mortar and pestle. Add the mashed mixture to a glass of water, add a little ice, stir and enjoy!
6. Buy your flavors
Hey, when I don’t feel like doing all of the above, I get a little help to flavor water from my local grocery store, or Wally World (that’s Walmart for you civilians). And if I’m really feeling lazy, I just shop online (Amazon to the rescue)!
Here are my go-to flavorings, and one I’d like to try:
- Skinny Syrups – purchase on Amazon or at SkinnyMixes.com
- Stur – Check your local grocer or go to SturDrinks.com
- True Lemon – Check your local grocer or shop at TrueLemon.com
- Twining Cold Infuse – Check the Walmart tea aisle or go to TwiningsUSA.com (I have yet to try!)
And as far as the Skinny Syrups, I usually see them in places like HomeGoods or the home sections at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Burlington.
My go-to flavors are lavender blueberry, salted caramel (for hot tea, especially chai), and raspberry lemon. They tend to be more expensive on Amazon, so try the stores I mentioned or the website first.
Can I lose weight drinking infused water?
If you are trying to lose weight by drinking infused water, you are not alone. I have also done it with success, especially when pairing it with detox tea.
The key is to stay consistent by drinking it daily during your detox. It also helps to focus on recipes that are specific to weight loss such as those that use lemon, cucumber, ginger, and herbs.
Also, as I recommended earlier, try blending your water. I really enjoy watching this YouTube channel, Views on the Road. Check out her cucumber hibiscus detox water recipe.
Drinking water by itself is one of the best things you can do to stay hydrated. Mix in these flavor enhancing techniques to avoid overindulging with juice and soda. You can even add sparkling water to these suggestions if you crave a bit of fizz.
Do you plan to try these ideas? Do you have more techniques to share? If so, reach out and comment below.