Summer is in full swing and your bodies must be screaming for water, juices, mojitos, soft drinks and other cold beverages. While you may be tempted to sip those exotic juices and bubbly drinks, they are loaded with high levels of sugar and other artificial components. Not exactly a healthy way to quench your summer thirst, isn’t it? Since it is recommended to consume fluids in high quantity to stay hydrated during these scorching months, even the regular drinking water could work wonders for you.
All you have to do is to add a dash of mild flavours to the water, using some fruits and vegetables. And viola, you get a delightfully refreshing natural drink for the season. Not bland, nor too sweet. Subtle yet flavoursome. Here are a few ways to make your own low calorie infused water drinks.
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Throw a slice of lemon in a pitcher and get the sparkling taste of nimbu pani sans sugar and salt. This little greenish yellow fruit is loaded with vitamin C and is a natural detoxifier too.
Aah, who doesn’t love the scent of freshly picked mint leaves? Add a few whole or crushed leaves of mint or basil to water and let their healing properties slowly steep into your system. These leaves are also known for their anti stress agents.
Cut thin slices of cucumber and drop them in the water jar. Cucumbers are 95% water and can aid in flushing out the toxins and preventing water retention in your body.
A citrus option other than lemon is orange which benefits skin and hair too. Orange slices add a mild tangy zing to your glass of water.
The red and juicy watermelon fruit is easily available in the market in summers. The rich properties of watermelon will give a boost your immune system and punch to your dipping energy levels.
If the flavors aren’t enough to entice your taste buds, then you can experiment with strawberries, pineapple, green apples, herbs or fruits & veggies of your choice. Another good idea would be to try combinations of orange-mint, cucumber-mint, watermelon-basil, lemon-mint, strawberry-basil etc.
You can let the infused water pitcher sit in the refrigerator for some time to allow the water absorb the flavours and then serve them chilled. And if you don’t mind extra kitchen work, then you can also make infused ice cubes and add them later to your glass of water for an instant cooling drink.