The Institute of Medicine recommends that the average man should drink 3.7 liters, and the average woman 2.7 liters. For many people I have worked with, this seems daunting (and if I am being honest, I would have to admit that I used to feel the same). Drinking plain water was very hard for me, but over time, I have come to crave it. Sometimes, though, I want something both refreshing AND yummy…especially with summer on the way! That’s where fruit-infused water comes in to play. You may have heard of these concoctions before, but if not, let me explain.
The idea is to cut up fruits, herbs, and/or even vegetables. Add them to water, and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Over time, the flavors of the additions are leeched into the water. It is DELICIOUS, and the possibilities are endless. PLUS, it looks really pretty for summer cookouts, and your guests will enjoy the flavor!
However, there are a few things to know in regards to safety. Whether you purchase organic or conventional produce, make sure you wash it thoroughly. Bugs and bacteria love fruits and veggies, and you don’t want to allow unwelcomed guests to bathe in your water. Jeff and I go a step further and actually peel produce that has skin, like cucumbers. Although many people allow the water to infuse in room air temps, I actually keep it refrigerated. Fruit contains sugar, and sugar can be a breeding ground for bacteria, especially at room temp. It may be a safer bet to keep it cool, although I haven’t heard of any illness stories by friends or clients who keep theirs on the counter for long periods of time! Also, for the same reason, you will want to drink the water within 24-48 hours. Lastly, if you are diabetic, remember to watch your sugar levels to see how your body reacts to various recipes you come up with.
Now that the logistics are out of the way, let’s talk about the magic.
Whether you are making your water in a large pitcher, a small glass, or even a water bottle that has been built to infuse fruit (it has a central insert pocket that holds the fruit in place), you can literally make anything you dream up!
lemon+lime (of course, citric acids can be hard on teeth, so I typically use a straw for citrus!)
ginger+lemon+lime+cinnamon (Jeff’s favorite!)
SO. MANY. OPTIONS!
I can’t wait to hear what amazing creations you come up with!!
Have fun experimenting!