During a hot summer day, soda may seem like the perfect refreshing drink for you. In fact, packed with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, soft drinks are the worse choice that you can make and are far from good for your health.
Only one can of soda has more than 37 grams of sugar.
The American Heart Association claims that men should limit their intake of added sugar to 9 teaspoons a day (37.5 grams) while women should stick to 6 teaspoons a day (25 grams).
However, you know that the best thing is to drink water. If you can’t stand the taste of water alone, here we have 5 delicious fruit-infused recipes that you need to try!
Besides being easy to prepare, these delicious drinks are full of antioxidants, and will keep you cool during the summer days!
1. Strawberry, Basil and Lemon-Infused Water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 6 fresh basil leaves
- 5 strawberries
- 1 pinch salt
- 3/4 cups water
You should cut the strawberries in slices. Make sure to set aside one slide for garnish. Mix the lemon juice, basil, strawberries, and raw honey in a large glass.
Mix until the honey is dissolved. Next, add water and ice cubes and stir well. Let it sit until chilled. Once it is cold enough, you should strain the mixture into a large glass with ice cubes. Use the remaining strawberry slice to garnish.
2. Strawberry, Lime, and Cucumber-Infused Water
- 8 large strawberries
- 1 cucumber
- 2 limes
Use a hand juicer to juice the limes. Slice up the strawberries and cucumber. Mix the ingredients in a large pitcher of cold water. Cover and place it in the refrigerator. Let your drink stand overnight.
3. Rosemary and Grapefruit-Infused Water
- 1 cup chipped ice
- 4 slices fresh grapefruit
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 1/4 cup water
First, place the ice in a tall glass and keep it for later. Mix the grapefruit slices and rosemary in a cocktail shaker.
Mash the ingredients up by using the back of a wooden spoon. Add water, cover and shake well. Make sure to strain the mixture.
4. Blueberry and Lavender Lemonade
- 1/4 cup dried lavender
- 1/12 cups very hot (boiling) water
- 3/4 to 1 cup raw sugar or honey, to taste
- 10 lemons
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 tbsp water
Add the dried lavender in a bowl or teapot and pour the boiling water over it. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain the water into a pitcher and add the honey or sugar.
Strain until the honey/sugar is dissolved. Add ice to the pitcher and let the mixture cool.
In the meantime, juice the lemons. Add the lemon juice to the pitch along with some cold water. Puree the blueberries in a blender along with 2 tablespoons of water. Add the puree to the lemonade and make sure to stir well.
5. Watermelon and Mint-Infused Water
- 1 medium-sized watermelon, chopped
- 2 tbsp mint leaves
- black salt to taste
- chaat masala to taste
- ice cubes
Puree the mint leaves and watermelon in a blender. You should not add water because watermelon contains water already. Add ice cubes into tall glasses and pour the watermelon juice.
Garnish with black salt and chaat masala, made with coriander, cumin, dried mango powder and other spices.
It’s a Healthy Way To Keep Yourself Hydrated
We all know that keeping your body hydrated is important during the entire year, but cool drinks are particularly important as it starts to get warmer.
Besides having the ability to prevent dehydration, having a refreshing cold beverage on a hot day can significantly reduce your risk of heart stroke.
Infused water is an excellent way to get vitamins from fruit, particularly if you are not a big fruit lover.
Lemons, which are included in several of the previously mentioned recipes, are abundant with vitamin C and potent antioxidants. Basil, mint, and other herbs will treat bad breath and improve your digestion as well.