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3 Ways to Jazz Up Your Water

Written on July 29, 2011 at 11:58 am , by

Drinking waters never been tastier. (Photo courtesy of Scott Little)

Drinking water has never been tastier. (Photo by Scott Little)

With the nonstop heat wave that keeps hitting us this summer, my water consumption is at an all-time high. I’ve surpassed the recommended eight glasses a day by noon, and between pee breaks and refilling at the water cooler I’m starting to feel a little H2O burn out.

To stay hydrated without resorting to high calorie drinks, I’ve gone on a mission to perk up my water. After some extensive research (otherwise known as me randomly sticking things in water and seeing how they taste), I’ve come to a conclusion: You can put just about anything in water! Below, my three favorite extras that don’t rack up extra calories or a ton of sugar.

  • Mint leaves: One or two of these adds a subtle hint of flavor to your water without completely overpowering it. It’s also an aphrodisiac, so slip a few in your hubby’s glass too!
  • Fruit ice cubes: Pour your favorite low-cal juice like orange or cranberry into a standard ice cube tray. Once frozen, pop them in to your water for your sipping pleasure.
  • Go coconut: Coconut water is fat-free and has zero sugar. It’s packed with electrolytes and actually hydrates you faster than water. Pick this guy over a sugary sports drink to fuel up.

Now tell us: How do you jazz up your water?

  • KC

    I put a couple pieces of bell pepper into my water reservoir. It tastes refreshing and is particularly awesome in the backcountry when water would otherwise taste like a purification tablet.

  • katie Jensen

    My favorite is cucumber…makes the water taste fresh. I love the idea of bell pepper for the same reason. I don’t like sweet. I am always looking for something that tastes good that is not sweet. I love tea, but sometimes cannot tolerate the caffeine…cucumber does it for. I will try the bell pepper.

  • http://sparkpeople Teresa Petrie

    I like to add fresh fruit. my favorite is a clementine. I have tried different melons grapes and lemons.

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  • Megan Shincarick

    I add cucumbers and lemons or limes. It is so refreshing!

  • R

    The only thing I would note is while experimenting with different flavors, be wary if you are using an aluminum or stainless steel water bottle. Citrus juices, citric acid, and other herbs can can wear away at the inner lining as well as taste VERY metallic because of the container, especially if left to sit for a while.

  • http://enduranceisntonlyphysical.com tricia

    I jazz up my water with nuun! I get the electrolytes I need without the sugar and high calories. Light and refreshing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hititwithheidi Heidi Wallace

    I love the mint leaves, or taking a lemon and slicing it and putting the hole thing rind and all in the water.

  • http://Kidexerciser.com Lizz

    These are great ideas and can be great for kids. When we were little, we loved freezing orange juice in ice trays and creating orange juice popsicles. Kids can use the fruity ice cubes in water insteas of drinking soda or expensive vitamin water.

  • Megan

    Oh! I like the idea about the fruit ice cubes! Thanks!

  • Sadie

    I love to add lemon to my water. Especially in the early am. I heat a cup of water and add some lemon slices. The lemon makes me feel like I’m having a special tea and its my “me” time. Great for cleansing the palate.

  • Warrior4Spirit

    If you do not filter typical municipal water (with chlorine added) it continually damages your body, inside and out.  I got a whole house water filtration system, the PureMaster V-700 whole house system.  It filters out chlorine and a lot more.