An Alternative to Soda…Water Infusion!

An Alternative to Soda…Water Infusion!

I have recently decided to eliminate sodas and other sweetened drinks from my daily regimen.  Problem is, I have always despised drinking “just plain water”. It’s boring and tasteless to me. Soda is fun, bubbly and full of flavor. However, those concoctions have gotten me somewhat addicted to this sugary drink which has resulted in a few extra pounds.

I reminisced back to our family vacation to Cancun, Mexico last year. When we walked into our resort, we were handed glasses of “cucumber water” which was immediately refreshing to us after our three-hour flight into 103-degree weather. As I researched online for a recipe for this water (which was more than just cucumbers and water) I became introduced to “water infusion”.

I purchased an infuser water bottle along with a few organic fruits and mint. My problem is solved! I can now hydrate myself using a healthier option while eliminating the artificial sweeteners and dyes.

Here are a few recipes that I enjoy:

Cucumber Mint - Thinly slice one cucumber. Peel if it isn’t organic! Add the sliced cucumbers to a ½ gallon glass jar, add 8 muddled fresh mint leaves, and fill with filtered water. Stir gently and place in refrigerator for at least 4

Strawberry Lemon - Add 15 fresh strawberries, washed and finely sliced to a ½ gallon glass jar. Add one sliced lemon with rind on. Fill with water. Stir gently and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight in refrigerator and enjoy.

Grapefruit Raspberry - Add one grapefruit, thinly sliced with rind on, to a gallon-size glass jar. Then add ½ cup slightly muddled fresh raspberries. Add water and mix well. Store in refrigerator for at least 4 hours before drinking.

So grab your pitcher or infuser bottle and get creative for a healthier you!!

Give up soda for lent? Try infusing your water with fruits and mint leaves - it might just get you off soda forever! Jenn Riffee explains.