As a general rule, you should try to avoid as much as possible industrial food and beverages.
What are the benefits of these preparations?
- - To encourage you and your family to stay hydrated.
- - To benefit from the vitamins and minerals that are water soluble and therefore can be found in your water (Vitamin C, potassium, etc.).
- - To give taste to the water and try to avoid using chemicals that are sold on the market. (see photo below and list of ingredients)
- - To make it look better and therefore more appealing to adults and children who may be influenced by packaging of commercial drinks.
- - To benefit from the direct consumption of fruit and therefore have a better intake of dietary fiber during the day.
- - To benefit from the antioxidants found in fruits and herbs used in these recipes.
- - To reduce consumption of sugary drinks such as soft drinks or fruit juices. And decrease your sugar intake and total calories in your day and have a better control of your health and your weight.
- - To use your ripe fruits and reducing wasting.
Ingredients in a chemical taste enhancer found on the market:
Water, malic acid, propylene glycol, citric acid, contains less than 2% natural flavors, sucralose and acesulfame potassium (sweeteners), potassium citrate, red 40 (color), potassium sorbate (preservative)
Therefore, here are 8 recipes that will give some extra ‘oumf’ to your water :
(note : Most vitamins are water-soluble, but to get the fibre you have to actually eat the fruits)
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, 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
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
3) The digestive : Fennel/citrus
First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel seeds 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 leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
4) The antiOX : Blackberry/Sage
Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving. (I particularly like this book, it covers all aspects of growing, handling, and cooking with fresh herbs.)
6) The exotic : Pineapple/Mint
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
7) The traditional : Appel/cinnamon
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
8.) The zingibir : Ginger/tea
In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
Here are nice pitchers to serve these great drinks :
This one is so cute and adorable!
It’s hand blown glass, the head is a drinking glass and the body holds the water.
Perfect for the bedside.
This one is the classical Dublin style carafe !
It comes with a matching glass.
Great for bedside and as a housewarming gift :)
These are practical for everyday life
They will lock the freshness of your vitamin water mix.
And they don’t leak.
Sofia Abdelkafi R.D Nutritionist