Infused water isn’t just delicious, it’s one of the easiest ways to get more nutrients without even really trying. Seriously, all you have to do is dump fruit in a pitcher and add water! We all know we should drink more H2O, and infusing is a perfect way to do so.
The new book Water Infusions by Mariza Snyder and Lauren Clum breaks down the benefits of infused water and gives handy tips for keeping up the habit (did you know you can save yourself 200 calories a day by drinking a glass of water before you reach for a snack?). Best of all, it includes 75 delicious recipes for unique flavor combinations, and gives a thorough listing of the health- and beauty-boosting properties of commonly used ingredients like lemon, berries and ginger. It’s an encyclopedia (a fun-to-read one, of course) of infused water!
With fall upon us, our immune systems are working overtime, which can snowball into colds, flu, digestive bugs, respiratory ailments and a general “blah” feeling. We’ve rounded up 6 great-tasting infused water ideas from Water Infusions that will help you get your body back on track, and have some other bonus benefits.
6 Immune-boosting Infused Water Ideas
Not sure which flavors to start with? Lemon water is the perfect sip to start the day. Cucumber water is a classic, but we like to take it to the next level and make mixes with these fruits and herbs.
1. Pear + Raspberries + Rosemary
People often drink rosemary tea to soothe indigestion, constipation, and bloating. Adding a few stalks of fresh rosemary to your water can give you some of the same digestive benefits and support immune function.
2. Pomegranate seeds + Persimmon + Orange + Cinnamon Sticks + Allspice Berries
For a warming spice, try adding cinnamon sticks to infused water. Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant, and helps to stabilize blood sugar, and is an efficient metabolism booster. Pomegranate seeds and orange add a dose of vitamin C and skin-loving antioxidants.
3. Blueberries + Lemon + Cucumber
Lemon water helps you flush out your system, making it a great way to start the day. And cucumber-infused water provides valuable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Along with blueberries, cucumbers are a delicious source of nutrients like vitamin.
4. Orange + Vanilla Beans + Cinnamon Sticks
This calming mix provides a hydrating dose of vitamin C. And while cinnamon has been studied for its blood sugar-lowering capabilities, research also shows that just the smell of cinnamon enhances concentration and cognitive processing. Relaxing vanilla is another excellent spice for infused water (along with cardamom pods, fresh ginger, and cloves).
5. Cranberries + Apple + Lemon + Orange Zest + Pomegranate Seeds
Does a glass of apple-infused water a day keep the doctor away? Perhaps! Apples have well-documented benefits for a healthy heart, which are associated with their polyphenol content as well as the water-soluble fiber, pectin. The nutrients in apples are concentrated in their skin, so thin slices with the skin on is the way to go.
6. Pear + Pomegranate Seeds + Cloves
This fruit and spice combination is the perfect fall mix to boost energy, improve digestion and fight inflammation.
Read up on the basics of infused water, then try out these new wintery combinations!
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