Refresh Yourself for Spring

By the time March rolls around, I’m ready to get out of my winter slump and jump start my body for spring. More sunshine always inspires me to eat better, exercise more and hydrate my body.

Staying hydrated in particular is so important. It prevents bloating, headaches, keeps me energized, flushes out toxins and so much more. My secret is infusing water with fruit, veggies and herbs to keep from getting bored with drinking water. Plus, there are added health benefits.

Here are my favorites.

Of note, fresh berries and herbs are always best, however, frozen berries work well between seasons.

Blackberry Mint Water

Handful of blackberries
Mint leaves

Mash blackberries to release their juices. Rub some mint in your hands to release the oils. Add both ingredients into your water and you’re ready to go!

Added benefit: blackberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants; mint assists with digestion and soothes an upset stomach.

Blueberry Orange Water

1 orange
Handful of blueberries

Cut your orange into wedges and add the blueberries and wedges to a pitcher of water. To intensify the flavor, you can squeeze the orange wedges and muddle the blueberries. Let the pitcher sit for at least 2 hours.

Added benefit: blueberries give you antioxidants; oranges are filled with vitamin C, boosting your immune system.

I would recommend using a 64 oz. water pitcher to ensure you have room for enough water, as well as your fruit or herbs.

Strawberry Jalapeno Water

1 jalapeno
Handful of strawberries

Slice the jalapeno into coins and the strawberries in half. Add the strawberries and the jalapeno coins to the desired degree of spiciness to your water pitcher. Give the pitcher a good stir and you are ready to enjoy!

Added benefit: the chemical that gives jalapenos their spice helps with weight loss.

Grapefruit Raspberry Water

1 grapefruit
½ cup of raspberries

Thinly slice the grapefruit with the rind on. Slightly muddle the raspberries. Add everything to your pitcher of cold water and mix well.

Added benefit: grapefruits are detoxifying and aid in weight loss; raspberries are high in antioxidants that help fight cancer.

Pear Cinnamon Water

2 sticks of cinnamon
1 pear
2 vanilla bean pods (optional)
½ inch fresh ginger (optional)

Thinly slice the pear lengthwise. Add cinnamon sticks and slices of pear to cold water and let it infuse for at least 2 hours. For more flavor, add a couple of pods of vanilla bean and some fresh sliced ginger.

Added benefit: Ginger boosts your immune system and improves digestion; Cinnamon reduces inflammation and helps lower blood sugar; pears are a great dietary source of fiber.

What are your favorite flavor combinations? Share photos of your infused waters with us on Facebook or Instagram!

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