How To Make Healthy Flavored Water At Home

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For those of us on the East Coast, summer is upon us and hot, super-sunny days are abundant. Between paddle boarding, running around, and those lazy hours spent at the beach, it is important to stay hydrated. And honestly, sometimes plain old water just doesn’t cut it.

Well, I found a thirst quenching answer: fruit infused waters. Infused waters are easy to make, nutritious, and refreshing. Simply use any fresh fruit (except bananas — they don't work well), herbs, and spices to flavor your once plain water to create a perfect summer drink.

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Here are my four favorite combinations and instructions on how to make them:

Minty Cucumber Lime
1/2 a cucumber, sliced
1/2 a lime, sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Strawberry-Lemon with Basil
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 a lemon, sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Watermelon Mint
1 cup cubed watermelon
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Pineapple-Orange with Ginger
1/2 cup cubed pineapple
1/2 an orange, sliced
1 tablespoon freshly-grated ginger

What You’ll Need:
1-quart jars
Water
Wooden Spoon
Agave or another sweetener (optional)

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What To Do:
1. Choose which recipe you're making — or come up with your own combination — and gather all of the ingredients.
2. Place the fruit, herbs, and/or spices in the bottom of one of the glass jars, and muddle with a wooden spoon. (That basically means mash up the fruit in the bottom of the jar to release some of the flavor-filled juices.)
3. Fill the jar with water and give it a taste. (You can also fill the jar with seltzer water for a fizzy treat.) If you'd like something a bit sweeter, try adding some agave (and mix until dissolved).
4. Enjoy as-is or refrigerate overnight for maximum flavor.

Photo: Kat Robson; Courtesy of Greatist.
Full disclosure: sometimes, we're lazy. So, whether it's seven ways to simplify our morning routine or how to make our time at the gym actually enjoyable, we're into it. And to keep us on track, we've turned to Greatist, because they've got us excited about staying fit — and having fun doing it.