Naturally Flavored Water 5 Ways

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We already know that eating sugar is bad for our health. Carbohydrates per se are not the culprit - it's the overconsumption of carbohydrates that leads to several health issues including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

As a health-conscious person, I avoid all sugary beverages. This includes soda, juices and even zero-sugar drinks that use artificial sweeteners. These are not only unhealthy but can, in fact, indirectly cause weight gain.

When you give up all these beverages, you are left with water, tea and coffee which might get quite boring. Making naturally flavoured water will help you stay hydrated and you won't miss sugary drinks.

How to Make Flavoured Water

To make flavoured water at home, you will need:

  • still or sparkling water, and optionally ice (tip: try making iced tea or flavoured almond milk instead of water)
  • herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme, basil, lavender, etc. (optional)
  • fruits and vegetables, such as cucumber, fresh or frozen berries, melon, lemon, orange, lime (note that lime zest will make your flavoured water bitter if you leave it in for too long)
  • spices such as cinnamon, cloves, star anise, ginger, etc. (optional)
  • jars, pitchers or an infusion water bottle

My Top 5 Flavoured Water Recipes

The following recipes will make up to 1 litre (1 quart) of flavoured water. Sweeteners are optional and should be used to taste. You can store flavoured water or tea in the fridge for up to 3 days.

1. Berry & Mint

Mix 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries and a bunch of mint. Optionally a few drops of stevia such as NuNaturals and ice.

2. Virgin Mojito

Mix 1-2 limes (sliced) and a bunch of mint. Optionally, add stevia or Sukrin Syrup Gold and ice.

3. Spiced Orange

Mix 1 orange (sliced), 1-2 cinnamon sticks, 1 star anise, and a small piece of sliced ginger. Optionally, add a few drops of stevia and ice.

4. Lemon & Mint Iced Tea

Prepare the tea by pouring hot water over 1-2 bags of quality black tea (or rose hip), a bunch of mint, and 1 lemon (sliced). Optionally, add a few drops of stevia. Drink hot or let it cool down and add ice.

5. 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. Optionally, add a few drops of stevia and ice.

Why Use a Water Bottle?

Naturally Flavored Water 5 Ways

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 flavoured water at my desk helps me stay hydrated and feel energised all day long - without sugar.

To make flavoured water more fun, I started using a water pitcher from Ecooe that is perfect for infusing water and tea with natural ingredients. Here are some of the highlights:

  • it's made from thick borosilicate glass which is resistant to heat (suitable for both hot and cold drinks) and BPA-free ABS and silicone
  • a skid-proof sleeve which will protect your hands from burning
  • cone shaped filter that will enable you to drink directly from the pitcher
  • it's easy to dissemble and clean
  • it's portable and travel-friendly

You can buy Ecooe products, including this water pitcher at Ecooe and on Amazon.

Disclaimer: Ecooe water pitcher has been provided to me for the purpose of this review as a free sample. This has not influenced my review and the opinions expressed in this post are my own. Ecooe is one of the sponsors in our KetoDiet Challenges.

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

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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! 😊

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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) 😊

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Strawberry and hibiscus would be amazing!

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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.

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That sounds great, I love Rooibos!

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Lemon and lime

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

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raspberry lemon

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Cucumber!

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

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Cucumber and Mint with Tangerine and Grapefruit!!

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

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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.

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I would like to make the hibiscus tea one

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These look so refreshing

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Love putting cucumbers in my water!!

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

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

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I love any type of cinnamon or ginger spiced drinks!

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Can't wait to fix the spiced orange water!

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A strawberry lemon or lime would be delicious!

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I reckon a peach ice tea would be delicious

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

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Spiced orange refreshing and tasty

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Evening in Missoula herbal tea and honey love it and it has a lot of healthy herbs in it.

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Thank you for the chance to win!!!

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