We all know how important it is to drink water. Water is the key to staying hydrated while keeping that calorie count to zero. The unfortunate truth, though, is that water can get old. You can drink it from the fridge, pour it at room temperature, or add ice to lukewarm water. Those seem to be the only variations you can give to plain water. Day in and day out, water, water, water; well, it can start to taste a bit bland. Some call it the ‘plain water blues.’ We want to be healthy, hydrated and really, we just want to quench our thirst and feel satisfied. Plain water does not always cut it.
This is when fruit infused water comes in handy. It adds the flavor you know you have been craving and it does not add any calories. Fruit infused water really is a perfect, healthy solution to staying hydrated. Plus, every fruit has its own unique advantages. Below, you will find recipes that help with boosting metabolisms, improving digestion, reducing nausea, enhancing moods, flushing out toxins and more!
Take note that these recipes are single-serving recipes made to be combined with water in a mason jar, cup or fruit infused water bottle. Feel free to increase the recipes as needed for more servings. You could make enough fruit infused water to fit inside a nice glass pitcher to serve at gatherings. It will be sure to impress. It not only looks beautiful, but it tastes good and is healthy.
Fruit Infused Water Recipes: Zero calories, homemade and a natural fruity taste? What could be better?
Kiwi-Strawberry and Lemon Water
This is a sweet and sour kind of fruit infused water that will be sure to fill your need for a delicious, healthy drink on any day. It is an easy recipe with ingredients that can readily be substituted to fit your preferences. You can easily make the water more bitter or sweet by varying the amount of lemon versus strawberry.Ingredients:– 3 large strawberries- 1 slice of kiwi- 1 slice of lemonDirections:Cut off the stems of the strawberries and cut them into slices. Peel and slice the kiwi. Slice the lemon. You can add more lemon if you prefer a more sour taste. If you are planning to use a fruit infused water bottle, cut the kiwi and lemon slices in half to fit inside your bottle. Put the sliced fruit in your jar or bottle of choice, and let it infuse in water for two hours before drinking.Health Benefits:– Enhances mood- Regulates pH levels- Boosts metabolism- Helps with exercise recovery- Improves digestion- Protects immune systemIngredient Substitutes:You can switch the strawberries out for pineapple, as well as put some lime in instead of lemon.
Raspberry-Melon Mint Water
This is one of the simplest recipes and is a perfect way to use leftover watermelon. It has a fresh, fruity and minty taste all in one. Remember, if you are not going to drink enough watermelon infused water, try to plan some meals where you can eat watermelon too. No one likes to see food go to waste, especially a whole watermelon.Ingredients:– A handful of raspberries- A half a slice of watermelon- 1-2 mint leavesDirections:Dice up that slice of watermelon. Put the raspberries, watermelon pieces and mint leaves in a jar or bottle. Let it infuse for 2-4 hours, depending on your flavor preference.Health Benefits:– Enhances mood- Flushes out toxins- Improves oral health- Can help with nauseaIngredient Substitutes:You can switch the raspberries out for blueberries creating a blueberry-melon mint water. The mint can be substituted for lemon if you prefer a sour taste to a minty one.
This is a go-to recipe for those of you with a sweet tooth. It truly is a luscious and delicious recipe. Moreover, this raspberry-peach water is a tasty drink to cool you down during a long day and get your hydration up to par. We hope you like this juicy goodness.Ingredients:– 1 handful of raspberries- 1 small peach- Optional: 1-2 mint leavesDirections:Slice the peach. Combine the raspberries and peach slices in water and let it infuse for 2-4 hours or overnight.Health Benefits:– Enhances mood- Regulates blood pressure– Regulates digestion- Boosts metabolismIngredient Substitutes:You can switch out the raspberries for strawberries, or even keep the raspberries and add on some strawberries. Mint leaves can add a minty touch.
Pear Vanilla Water
This is a flavor-packed fruit infused water recipe that is perfect for fall and wintery days. This recipe is also good for switching things up a little bit. The taste will stand out from the other sweet and juicy fruit infused water recipes.Ingredients:– 1 small pear- 1 vanilla bean pod- 1 cinnamon stick- Approximately 1-2 teaspoons of peeled ginger rootDirections:Slice the pear. Slice the vanilla bean pod on its longest side and remove the seeds. Combine the pear slices, vanilla bean pod, cinnamon stick and peeled ginger root with water and let sit for 4 hours or overnight.Health Benefits:– Boosts immune system- Regulates digestion- Can help with nausea- Suppresses appetite to help with weight lossIngredient Substitutes:You can switch out the pear for an apple, or add a banana.
Citrus Delight Water
This flavorful drink is a citrus fusion infused water recipe that can be very bitter, depending on how much lemon and lime you use.Ingredients:– 3 slices of an orange- 1 slice of lemon- 1 slice of lime- 2 slices of grapefruitDirections:Combine the pear, orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit slices. This can be tasted right away, but a longer infusion time can give it, even more, spunk.Health Benefits:– Boosts immune system- Flushes out toxins- Enhances mood- Regulates digestionIngredient Substitutes:We would recommend keeping this recipe to strictly citrus related fruits. Try blood oranges or tangerines.
Berry Boost Water
We saved one of the best for last. This is the ultimate fruit infused water recipe. Plus, it is not limited to just raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. You can add almost any sweet fruit, and it will taste like berry-heaven.Ingredients:– 1 handful of raspberries- 1 handful of blueberries- 3 large strawberriesDirections:Slice the strawberries. Combine the raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries in a mason jar or fruit infused water bottle. Let it sit for at least an hour. To add more flavor, you can slice and knead the blueberries and raspberries.Health Benefits:– Boosts metabolism- Improves digestion- Regulates blood sugar- Contains antioxidantsIngredient Substitutes:Feel free to substitute or add cherries, guava, pomegranate, kiwi and/or pineapple. This recipe is fitted for sweet fruits, but adding lemon or lime can give a sour punch if desired.
1. The longer you let your fruit infused water sit for, the more flavor it will have. Take note that some fruits will take longer than others. Keep track of the length you prefer your recipes to infuse so that you can know exactly how long your preparation will be the next time.
2. Kneading the fruit and herbs can help it infuse faster.
3. Get creative! Fruit infused water can easily be varied to adjust the flavors and strength of taste that you are looking for.
4. Do not be afraid to substitute and try new things. Your favorite recipe may be waiting to be discovered. You can substitute fruits, add herbs, or even use fizzy water.
5. Plan ahead so that you have the fruit you need for your fruit infused water. It all comes full circle to meal planning. If you want to have fruit infused water every day, you will need the fruit to go along with it.
6. You can reuse your fruit, but the flavor will be diminished. Do not let the same fruit soak for more than a few days.
7. If you really enjoy ice water, try freezing your fruit. If you freeze all of your fruit, your water will hardly have any flavor. Instead, try freezing half of the fruit you plan to use. Half of it will be fresh and will infuse right away. The other half will keep your water cold and will infuse the water to give it a stronger taste after it has thawed.
There you have it. Whether you have been drinking fruit infused water for months or are a first-timer, these recipes are sure to give some needed inspiration and taste. Go get that fresh fruit and start quenching your thirst. Start treating yourself. Your body will thank you.