Eating healthy is so important to me. I know that the kind of food I put into my body is the kind of energy that will come out, so I eat as many healthy, clean, fresh vegetables and pastured meats as possible. (Of course, in the past year this has become a requirement!)
But, as I think it is for many people, the hardest part of a healthy diet for me to get on board with is drinking a lot of water.
I usually drink a few cups of water throughout the day, some days getting more than others, but I’m still not getting nearly as much water as I should.
I love enjoying cocktail or a mocktail after work with a snack and an episode on Netflix before I make dinner. It’s become a routine for me to do this to help transition my mind and wind down after the workday. Getting a glass of water just doesn’t quite do it!
But when most of my enjoyable drinks had to be cut out because of allergies, I began drinking a lot of sparkling water. It was something fun and fizzy, and helped me feel like I wasn’t missing out on sodas and juices.
But I knew that I could make it even more enjoyable and make some fun flavors to mimic or replace the beverages I used to enjoy. So I decided to create some naturally flavored sparkling water variations!
And they came out amazing! So delicious, all naturally flavored, and they’re super charged with vitamins because of the fruit and herbs they’re flavored with!
They’re kind of like the Spice Girls of infused water. …Except there’s only four. And they don’t sing. And they’re water.
So… Not really at all like the Spice Girls…
Maybe they’re more like the original Destiny’s Child?
This delicious fruit-herb blend is cool and refreshing. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and tart! This one goes with everything and is spectacular to drink on its own.
Slice 1/2 lime into wedges. Add the lime wedges and about 1 teaspoon fresh mint to .5 liter (one small bottle, about 16 ounces) of sparkling water. Seal and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
This cookie-smelling infusion is lush, sweet, and slightly spice-y. Not spicy like a pepper, but spice-y like gingerbread! It reminds me of cinnamon flavored cream soda.
Slice a vanilla bean down the middle to loosen and expose the beans inside. Cut it in half again the other way. Add the vanilla bean and one cinnamon stick to .5 liter (one small bottle, about 16 ounces) of sparkling water. Seal and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
This fruit-herb water infusion is fruity and woodsy. I love the combination of the juicy, dark berries with the piney green rosemary, and the water turns such a gorgeous purple hue! I think this would also be great with blueberries.
Add 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blackberries and 1 stalk of rosemary to .5 liter (one small bottle, about 16 ounces) of sparkling water. Seal and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
This delicious fruit-herb blend is like a sweet-tart candy. Both the berries and grapefruit have a luscious, juicy flavor that balances their tang and makes this flavor not too syrupy or sweet. Plus, both grapefruit and cranberries have body cleansing powers, so this is a fantastic detox drink. I always feel amazing after drinking it.
Besides its health powers, this blend just tastes awesome! It’s my favorite of the four.
Slice 1 grapefruit into 8 wedges. Add two grapefruit wedges and 2 tablespoons of fresh or frozen cranberries to .5 liter (one small bottle, about 16 ounces) of sparkling water. Seal and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
For any of these blends, feel free to add maple syrup or honey to sweeten it. But I think the fruit and herbs make each infusion sweet and flavorful enough!
BRB. Going to grab another one of these delicious sparkling waters now!