Since this is entitled healthy living I thought I'd share these quick tips I ran across to make water more well...interesting. Hope this is an approperiate entry. I have not tried them yet but plan to in the near future. The suggestions sounded very interesting and best new no added sugar using fresh fruits and herbs.
How about some great big jugs of refreshing, healthy water!
1) The classical : lemon/cucumber:
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, both thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
2) The Granite: Strawberry/Lime Or Raspberry/Lime Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries or raspberries (optional slightly crushed both) and only one thinly sliced lime. 12 Finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in fridge over night before serving.
3) The Digestive: Fennel/Citrus
First: Infuse 1 to 3gms of dried and crushed fennel in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the left over lemon in the mix)+ a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds mixture. Leave in fridge over night before serving.
4) The anti OX: Blackberry/Sage Note that apart from the berries, sage leaves are the herbs that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in fridge overnight and crush.
5) Watermelon: watermelon/Rosemary
Mix in a pitcher 10 cups water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in the fridge over night before serving.
6) The Exotic: Pineapple/Mint
10cups water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in fridge over night and serve.
7) The traditional: Apple/cinnamon
10 cups water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 tsp of ground cinnamon. Leave in fridge over night. (on reading this my only thought is that too much cinnamon can be bitter-but that is just me).
8)The Zingibir: Ginger/Tea (I know your very selective about your intake you may not use this one but thought I’d add it on anyway.)
In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea(can use decaff if you’re a tea person). Let cool down.
10 cups of ginger _ 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in fridge over night. Serve.