Fruit Infused Water
It's summer (officially), as of June 21st. However, it has felt like summer for awhile now (at least in Texas). With the warmer weather present, it's important (extra important) to stay hydrated. Gotta replenish that sweat! And even if you don't think you're sweating much, water is a crucial nutrient our body needs to survive and function properly. We can survive longer without food than water. So drink up!
My favorite form of hydration are fruits and ice cold water. And they're even better together: fruit infused water. There are many variations you can make. I first started playing around with fruit infused water when I worked at a smoothie shop and was tired of drinking smoothies everyday, so instead of blending the frozen fruit, I'd throw them in a cup of water. It gives the water a subtle sweet fruity flavor, plus you're left with yummy fruit to eat at the end. I've also used coconut water and cold brewed tea as the base, which adds even more flavor. So even if you're not a fan of water, there are many ways to spruce it up and add some flavor while keepin' it healthy.
Rule of thumb:
-1/2 cup frozen fruit for every 1 cup of liquid base (Feel free to use less/more of the water or fruit, if you want more fruit or more water. You can't really ruin fruit infused water. The more fruit you use the fruitier the water will taste).
4 Steps to make Fruit Infused Water:
1) Choose a liquid base, these are my favorites:
water, tea (green tea or fruit herbal tea), coconut water or 2 parts water/1 part juice
2) Add your favorite frozen fruit. My favorites are:
blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, mangos, pineapples, and peaches
3) Add chia seeds, they're a good source of fiber & omega-3s (optional)
I add 1/2 teaspoon for every cup of liquid base
4) Refrigerate for 2 hours. Then drink up and enjoy the fruit at the end! :)