Different type of infused waters are available on the market, these are filled with various additives, preservatives and empty calories that aren’t good for the body. Physicians recommend making your own infused water to reap all the nutritional benefits. Infusing water involves steeping fruits, vegetables and or herbs with water until the flavors fuse together. To make infusion easier and quicker a number of infused bottles are available on the market.
Fruit infused water bottles are inexpensive and come with an infuser cage where you can add fruits, vegetables and or herbs without worrying about sediments getting into your water. Without the use of infuser bottles you would have to set your water to infuse at room temperature for 4-5 hours, with an infuser bottle you can have your infused water on the go for a maximum of 24 hours. Just refill your infuser bottle with water each time it depletes.
Wash or rinse any fruit, herb or vegetable you’re going to use. It does not matter if you use organic fruits or not, but organic fruits are recommended. Avoid using any fruit that’s bruised or overly ripe, or herbs that don’t look fresh. Add the fruit, herbs, spices or whatever you want to use into the infuser cage then add cool water. Use thin slices or small cubes because the flavor will infuse more quickly.
Water can be infused with any type of fruits, herbs, spices and even vegetable. Here is a list of fruits, herbs, spices and vegetable most commonly used.
Herbs: Rosemary, thyme, mint, basil, cilantro, parsley
Spices: Cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, fresh ginger, cloves, vanilla bean
Fruit: Berries (fresh or frozen), melon, tropical fruits, citrus, apples, pears
Vegetables: Cucumber, celery, fennel, carrots
Tried and true infused water combinations
- Minty Cucumber Lime- Add half cup of cucumber sliced, with half a lime, sliced and ¼ cup fresh mint leaves.
- Strawberry Lemon with Basil- Add half cup of sliced strawberries, with half a lemon, sliced and a ¼ cup fresh basil leaves.
- Watermelon-Mint- One cup cubed water with ¼ of fresh mint leaves
Pineapple-Orange with Ginger- Add half of cup of cubed of pineapple, with half an orange, sliced and one tablespoon of freshly grated ginger.