I’m always searching for ways to make my water more interesting. For example, when Crystal Light came out, I was probably one of their first eager customers to toss that fruit-flavoured powder into my water. Much to my disappointment, however, I soon discovered repeated headaches every time I ingested their artificial sweeteners. I wish I could tell you that I’ve tried other flavoured waters that I enjoy more, but I can’t. Time and time again, I’m disappointed. Finally I decided that the only other reasonable alternative was to flavour the water with something natural. 8 glasses of water a day for gorgeous skin can quickly become a chore and sooo uninteresting. Divya from Flavour Fiesta never backs down on a food-related challenge so this week she created 3 easy DIY flavoured water ideas…
In the fall, the temperature drops and we all forget about staying hydrated – myself included! So what’s a foodie to do? I concocted a few recipes to make water more fun without adding artificial flavours and sugar. Now you have no excuse for not having 6-8 glasses of water a day.
For all these recipes (except) #4, serve at room temperature when the weather gets much colder.
1. Green tea and lime
Preparation: Brew some good quality green tea for a few minutes (as specified on the package) and chill overnight. In the morning, mix a little lime juice and agave nectar (if desired).
2. Fruity herbal tea and frozen strawberries
Preparation: Brew some fruity herbal tea (I used cranberry-apple tea from Bigelow teas) for a few minutes (as specified on the package) and allow it to chill completely. Add frozen strawberries.
Note: If you’re taking this to work, I suggest using a glass flask. Stainless steel might alter the flavour of the tea.
3. Cucumber, ginger and lemon water
If you’re looking for something a little more refreshing than tea, just add cucumber slices, a small piece of ginger and some lemon juice to filtered water. Add ice if desired.
4. Fruit juice and sparkling water
Once I realized that juice is no more than just “sugar water”, I’ve managed to wean myself off it, but I occasionally crave it. It’s so refreshing! So, to get the best of both worlds (taste and hydration), I’ve started mixing fruit juice with sparkling water. It’s just as refreshing and has a quarter of the calories of a full serving of juice. I recommend the fruit juices by Ceres for this recipe.
Note: Don’t try this with orange juice. It ends up tasting like watered down Orangina! This recipe works well with more fruity juices such as lychee, guava, pomegranate and mixed fruit juices.
Preparation: Mix one part juice and three parts sparkling water.
5. Grape water
You’ve probably tried grape juice many times. Ever noticed how most grape juices don’t even taste like grapes? Since I love the flavour of grapes (the real deal), I’ve concocted a delicately flavoured water that tastes like grapes and lemons.
Preparation: Wash and cut a few handfuls of seedless white grapes in half. Freeze overnight. In the morning, pour some water into a jug or flask (if you’re taking this to work), add the grapes and a little lemon juice. Drink up after a few hours. The flavour of the grapes will infuse the water with a slightly fruity aroma. Delicious! Don’t forget to eat the grapes at the end!
We have selected some of our favourite fruits for happy complexions, because hey, we all need a little ‘beauty from within’ therapy now and then. Here’s why the following ingredients made the cut…
Green Grapes: Don’t judge these tiny fruits by its size, because they are packed with hundreds (and I mean, literally hundreds) of phytonutrients including vitamin C, manganese, resveratrol, beta-carotene and even melatonin. Trust me, your skin will thank you.
Cucumber: You may think there is little nutritional value in this water-filled vegetable, but actually, cucumbers contain antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and manganese that not only chases away free radicals but also increases your overall antioxidant capacity. And of course, cucumbers soothe and calm inflammation, and therefore could suppress unwanted skin woes…
Lemon: Apart from lemons’ wonderfully sharp and zesty citrus notes, they provide, as no surprise to you I’m sure, a fantastic source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C not only brightens dull skin but it is also responsible for stimulating collagen production. I like to say, ‘When life gives you lemons, for goodness sake, add it to your water!!’
Ginger: Ginger is not only good for anti-nausea remedies during pregnancy, but it also possesses unique anti-inflammatory superpowers. Cast away unwanted redness! I mean, if you really wanted rosy cheeks, you’d just apply your favourite blush!
Fruity Herbal Tea: Pretty much any fruity herbal tea will give you some sort of antioxidant benefit, so choose something you like! We chose cranberry-apple because of its known content of vitamin C and polyphenols.
Strawberries: Providing one of the best sources of Vitamin C, strawberries are top of my charts for beauty foods. This little berry has some soothing capabilities as well – all the more reason to add them to your water!
Pomegranate Lime Juice: Another Vitamin C powerhouse – are you getting the theme today? Pomegranates also contain Vitamin B5 (think gorgeous hair and nails) and various polyphenols (think smooth, blemish-free skin).
Let us know how it goes – leave a comment!