By Elena Scuro
There’s nothing more daunting than thinking you need to drink 8 glasses of water each day if you’re not a big fan of the taste (and most of us aren’t – well, compared with our other beverage options anyway!). And while the amount of water you need to drink is more accurately dependent on your diet, the amount you exercise and the weather where you live; no matter what, it’s important to stay hydrated. And, well, plain water can be boring. Really boring. Here, though, are some ways to jazz up your H2O.
The “vitamin-enhanced water” movement has been a big hit, bringing VitaminWater and Propel to our grocery shelves. Both options come packed with daily essential vitamins (such as Vitamin C, Calcium and other antioxidants) while hydrating with great flavors (XXX from VitaminWater is a favorite). While the regular versions do have some calories per serving, we’re not worried. (And the brands also offer a “zero” option for those who prefer to quench their thirsts calorie-free.)
Flavored waters such as Hint, Aquafina Flavor Splash, Metromint and Dasani Flavored Water offer great flavors like Cucumber and Honey-dew Hibiscus (from Hint), Raspberry and Grape (from Aquafina and Dasani), and Orangemint (from Metromint), a favorite! These options will have your body thinking it’s getting much-needed water, but your taste buds will know otherwise.
You can make your own flavored waters at home, but not the way you might think. Take the ice trays out of your freezer (or pick some up from your grocery store if you don’t have any) and fill them with fruit juices, such as cranberry juice, apple juice or peach juice. Once they freeze, add them to a glass of tap water and your drink will have an instant punch of fruit! Plus, the flavored ice helps your warm drink stay cool.
Not just to spruce up a mojito, mint leaves can be added to water for an added kick as well. Try to immerse the leaves as much as possible and leave them to sit overnight for the best taste the next day.
Treat your water as if you’re in a restaurant and add lemon! Lemons and limes not only make your water taste better, but also come with added digestive benefits.
There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool drink of water on a hot day or after a workout, so why not make it interesting. You’ll be refreshed and drinking to your health. So, drink up!