We all need water. In fact, your body is 60% water, in case you were curious why you crave liquids so often. But we rarely think about how much we need to be drinking every day in order to stay healthy and hydrated, and even when we do find out how much we should be drinking, the amount seems so huge (and water is so boring!) that we ignore it. By the way, the Mayo clinic suggests we all drink about 2 Liters of water per day, which translates into eight glass of water, 8 ounces each per day. (1) That’s quite a bit of water to consume daily, and when you live in an area where they don’t pump “gourmet” water to your faucet (like we do), that can be a daunting challenge. Our water tastes a bit rusty with a little too much aftertaste for our liking.
Revenge of the Calories is here to help. This post has ideas to spice up your water and make it more tasty so that you can drink enough water to be healthy. We can help you make your water sweet enough so you won’t have to resort to something unhealthy, and we will give you enough options so that by the time you are bored with one approach, you have plenty of other options to choose from.
First of all, you need to get quality water. The aftertastes and characteristics of tap water might be enough to turn you off water for good, so consider buying a Brita Water filter, buy a reverse osmosis filter for your sink (around $200 but totally worth it – per John Warren’s comment), or if you are crazy cheap and want to save every penny, consider boiling your tap water to get any strange tastes out. Then let it cool and put in a container in the fridge. Consider any of the following suggestions to doctor up your water so that you keep it interesting and tasty, but be sure to let the water mixture chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours to 3 days, strain the mixture, and remove the solids if desired. And make sure that whatever you put into your water is CLEAN!
- Water with Cucumber slices
It may not sound good to you, but try it. The subtle infusion of the flavor really makes the water tastes great. Plus, cucumbers are really cheap, so you won’t spend too much to spice up your water
- Water with Orange slices
This is what Pei Wei offers at their refreshment bar, and I love it. Fresh oranges squeezed into water…mmm. Again, oranges don’t cost much, and a little goes a long way here.
- Water with Crystal Light
1/2 packet contains 5 calories, 0 Sugars, and 0 total Carbs. And it tastes great! This is the Holy Grail of making your water taste Oh So Much better. It costs a bit more than the other options, but the taste is so good that you will actually want to finish your water. They come in flavors such as Iced Tea, Peach Tea, Lemonade, and Raspberry Ice. Very good.
- Water with Lemon slices
Simple, easy, cheap, and effective. This is why most restaurants do it.
- Water with Lime slices
A little twist on the lemon idea, but the change in flavor is nice, different, and needed.
- Water with Mint
Mint is pretty cheap to buy, and if you have any patch of dirt that you can plant it in, then you have a gift that can keep giving until winter. Just wash the mint leaves before you add them. And be careful: mint is pretty powerful, so use it sparingly. Trying bruising or crushing the mint leaves to release more flavor.
- Water with berries – Strawberries, raspberries, etc.
Berries in water can be very tasty. Give it a try and see if you can find something you like. As you can tell from the picture below, berry water is quite exciting…
- Water with Lemon/Lime Juice
If you try all of these approaches and your water is still too strong, you need to get a filter, and then try squeezing lemon or lime juice into your water. Fight fire with fire, I always say. Or in this case, fight funky rust water with a juice so potent that it erodes battery acid.
- Summer Drink Concoction –
Prep: 15 minutes
Chill: At least 4 hours, up to 3 days
Makes: 8 servings
1 small cucumber, washed and sliced
1/4 of a medium honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and sliced into long thin wedges
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, washed
7 cups water
1. Place cucumber, honeydew melon, and mint leaves in a large pitcher. Fill pitcher with water. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours, or up to 3 days in the fridge. Strain mixture; discard solids. Pour water into tall glasses over ice and serve.
If you have any thoughts, ideas, or recipes of your own, feel free to post a comment. Thanks, and if you try any of these recipes, let us know what you think!