Strawberry Lime Cucumber Mint Water

Hydration is super important, especially when the weather starts to get warmer.  All functions of the body require water; a crucial component of the biological make up of all human cells. Water flushes toxins out from organs. It provides an adequately moist environment for the ear, nose and throat tissues. Water enables the liver to metabolize stored fat quicker, giving our overworked kidneys a break. The oxygen in water carried from cell to cell helps build muscle and increase cognitive and nerve functions. Drinking water can help lose weight, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and maintain healthy skin and nails. Plain and simple: water detoxes, from the inside out.

I strive drink several 22oz bottles of water a day, which is about the (8) 8oz glasses that the doctor typically recommends.  But let’s face it, drinking water can be really boring!  If drinking water feels like a chore, or you just can’t ween yourself off the soda and sugary juices, here is a great alternative: fruit infused water!

Lightly flavored, but without the evil calories, infused water is supercharged with vitamins and minerals that your body will love.  The great thing about infused water is that you can use any combination of fruit you like, including refreshing veggies like cucumbers and even fresh herbs from your garden or local farmer’s market.  Adding a few slices of whole fruits and vegetables heightens minerals and vitamins that our bodies can easily and quickly consume, and at the same time are so delicious that we may find ourselves tricking our mind into drinking more water than we have in the past.

This particular infused water recipe is like summer in a glass.  Sweet strawberries combined with cooling cucumber, zesty lime and awakening mint definitely add life to an otherwise boring glass of H2O.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime
  • A few large mint leaves
  • ½ cup strawberries, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice fruits or vegetables of your choice into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a 1 liter jar, place sliced fruits at the bottom of the jar. Cover to the rim with ice. (optional)
  3. Pour water until full (approximately 1 cup) and seal with a lid. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes so flavors can seep into the water.
  4. Keeps in the fridge up to two days. Water is most refreshing when served cold.


Serve cold in your favorite glass or mason jar.