Water is a miracle worker and the answer to a healthier you. Increase your intake with these seven delicious infused-water ideas.
- Cucumber, raspberry and grape buster
Grapes have cancer-fighting and cleansing compounds, while raspberries have anti-inflammatory properties. Pair these with the cleansing properties of refreshing cucumber, and you have a winner. Cut half a cup of grapes in halves. Place the grapes, a cup of raspberries, and a cup of chopped cucumber in a two-litre jug. Top up with half ice and half cold water, refrigerate and infuse for two hours.
- Cherry lime treat
Cherries and limes both have a powerful flavour, and will help fend off sugar cravings. Take two cups of fresh cherries, cut the cherries in half and remove the pits. Slice one fresh lime. Add the cherries and limes to a two-litre jug. Add water, mix gently and refrigerate for one hour.
- Rosemary grapefruit delight
The interesting flavours of this water combine to form a liver detox that will up your vitamin C intake. Cut the ends off a grapefruit, and use a sharp knife to remove the rind and pith. Cut the fruit into slices. Add the grapefruit slices and one sprig of rosemary to a one-litre jug, and top up with ice and water. Infuse in the fridge for two hours.
- Lemon cucumber refresher
This is probably one of the easiest and most refreshing infused waters you can drink. It’s the drink of choice at spas worldwide – probably because the cucumber and lemon help to flush your system. Cucumber hydrates while flushing out toxins and it’s the ultimate detox drink. Slice half a lemon and half a cucumber. Add the lemon and cucumber to a two-litre jug, and fill halfway with ice. Top up with water. Refrigerate for half an hour before serving.
- Strawberry naartjie burst
Try this vitamin C-rich water for a metabolism kick. While this also works as a hot drink, it refreshes on a warm day. Add half a cup of sliced strawberries and the rind of one naartjie to a pot. Try to remove all pith from the naartjie or the water will taste bitter. Add three cups of water to the pith, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow the water to cool. Remove the strawberries, and add the water to a one-litre jug. Top up with cold water to fill the jug.
- Pineapple mint energiser
This refreshing option is a pain reliever, too. Pineapple acts as an anti-inflammatory that helps relieve joint pain and arthritis. Mint offers support for the digestive system and helps to ease stomach ache. Remove the skin of one small pineapple and chop up the flesh. Muddle and bruise a handful of mint with a spoon. Add the fresh ingredients to a one-litre jug. Fill the jug halfway with ice, top up with cold water, refrigerate and infuse for two hours.
- Mango ginger crush
For another metabolism booster, try this mango and ginger-infused treat. Ginger is a natural pain reliever, helps reduce morning sickness, and banishes heartburn. This recipe helps to kick-start a detox, too. Peel and slice a 3cm chunk of ginger. Peel and chop one mango. Drop the ginger and mango into a two-litre pitcher, and top up with three cups of ice. The ice will hold down the ingredients for better infusion. Add water to top up, and refrigerate for three hours before serving.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Lemons help to flush your system.
- Strawberries are full of vitamin C.
- Cherries and limes both have a powerful flavour, and will help fend off sugar cravings.