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Naturally Flavored Water 5 Ways

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An easy way to add flavor to your water without sugar. A healthy and refreshing beverage anyone can make!

We already know that eating sugar is bad for our health. But remember, carbohydrates are not the culprit — it's the overconsumption of carbohydrates that leads to several health issues including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. For the vast majority of people there's no need for extreme measures such as going zero-carb.

As a health-conscious person, I avoid all sugary beverages — they are unnecessasy and offer zero benefits. This includes soda, juices and even zero-sugar drinks that use artificial sweeteners. These options are unhealthy and will likely lead to weight gain.

But what can you use unstead? When you give up all these beverages, you are left with water, tea and coffee which might get quite boring. That's why making naturally flavored water is a great way to curb your cravings in a 100% guilt-free way.

Why Use a Water Bottle?

We all are so busy in our every day routines that we don't drink enough water. And that includes myself. Apart from my morning and afternoon coffee, I sometimes forget to drink fluids throughout the day, and as a result, I get dehydrated, feel tired and even get headaches. Having flavored water at my desk helps me stay hydrated and feel energized all day long — without sugar!

To make flavored water more fun, I started using a water pitcher for infusing water and tea with natural ingredients.

How to Make Flavored Water

To make flavored water at home, you can use any of the following ingredients:

  • Still or sparkling water, and optionally ice. Tip: try making iced tea or flavored almond milk instead of water.
  • Herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme, basil or lavender.
  • Fruits and vegetables, such as cucumber, fresh or frozen berries, melon, watermelon, lemon, orange, lime (beware that lime slices will make your flavored water bitter if you leave it in for too long).
  • Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, star anise or ginger.
  • Jars, pitchers or an infusion water bottle (there's plenty more options on Amazon).

Five Flavored Water Recipes

Here are some of my absolute favorite flavors. Depending on the strength, the following ingredients will make up to 2 litres (2 quarts) of flavored water. I usually make the first batch and then refil with water for as long as there's flavor.

  • Berry & Mint — Mix about a cup of fresh or frozen berries and a bunch of mint. Frozen are better as they will release more juices and cool down your beverage at the same time.
  • Virgin Mojito — Mix 1-2 sliced limes and a bunch of fresh mint. If you want to keep it in the fridge overnight, just squeeze in some lime juice instead of using the lime slices. Alternatively, use sliced lemon (no bitter aftertaste if left in longer).
  • Spiced Orange — Mix 1 sliced orange (or sliced peel from 1 orange, ideally just the top layer), 1-2 cinnamon sticks, 1 star anise and a small piece of thinly sliced ginger.
  • Lemon & Mint Iced Tea — Prepare the tea by pouring hot water over 1-2 bags of quality black tea, a bunch of mint and 1 sliced lemon (sliced). You can swap the black tea with green tea or herb tea (rosehip or mint tea are my favorite options).
  • Strawberry & Hibiscus Tea — Prepare the tea by pouring hot water over 2 bags of acai green tea and 2-4 hibiscus flowers. Let it cool down to room temperature and add 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries.

You can store flavored water or tea in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. Optionally, add a few drops of stevia or low-carb sweetener of choice to taste, and a few ice cubes.

Which other flavors would you make?

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (130)

Cucumber mint
Peach tea

Strawberry Lemon!

I need all the help I could get to drink more water. Thank you for all the yummy ideas and I’m definitely going to check out the water bottle! Thank you again!

All your drinks look delicious and super healthy! I look forward to trying them.

These are beautiful! And, they look absolutely delicious!
Can I assume, since we are not eating the fruit, that there is minimal glucose elevating effect and that these would not effect ketosis?
Looking forward to trying this! 😊

Thank you Sherri, exactly, the fruits that are used to infuse the water should only have a negligible effect. In case of oranges that are relatively high in carbs, you can always use just the rind (that's where most of the scent comes from anyway) 😊

Strawberry and hibiscus would be amazing!

I dont see our best option. That would be lemon. But i do make a pitcher of lemon and Rooibos tea. Its a healthy South African tea that has no caffienne and full of potassium. Very refreshing. Can add a sprig of mint to it
It can be bought in US. We also have a tea called Honeybush..the same can be done with this. Gives a natural honey flavour.

That sounds great, I love Rooibos!

Lemon and lime

LOVE THE IDEA OF MAKING MY OWN FRESH FLAVORED WATERS.  THANKS SO MUCH.

raspberry lemon

Cucumber!

It might sound odd, but watermelon and a touch of sea salt sounds heavenly!

Cucumber and Mint with Tangerine and Grapefruit!!

I think cranberry tangerine would be refreshing!Berry & mint sounds really nice.

I too, don't drink enough water and diet soda and coffee are what I drink.  I have bought berry crystal light, to get me to drink more water, so I think Blackberry infused water sounds good.  I like strong flavors and think strawberry and other light flavors, would need to sit in water longer.  Maybe even puree my fruit first.  The eccoe water pitcher sounds like the perfect way to add flavored water.  In fact two would be good that way I'd always have cold water infused, waiting for me in the refrigerator.  I enjoy my water best, when it's chilled.  Great idea for getting people to drink water.

I would like to make the hibiscus tea one

These look so refreshing

Love putting cucumbers in my water!!

I like to drink the berry and mint water. The vigin mojito sounds amazing!

These look awesome!  I am going for fresh-made almond milk, cinnamon sticks, and ice!

I love any type of cinnamon or ginger spiced drinks!

Can't wait to fix the spiced orange water!

A strawberry lemon or lime would be delicious!

I reckon a peach ice tea would be delicious

Would love to make lemon mint water and lime coconut green tea!

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