If keeping up with your water intake seems like an uphill battle, try a few ways to give boring water a flavor boost that will make drinking it fun again. With just a few additions to your water, you can add some natural flavor without having to worry about the sweeteners and chemicals found in flavored waters. Drink up with these naturally flavored water ideas.
1. Add Some Fruit
The possibilities with fruits are endless. From citrus lemon, orange, and kiwi slices to sweet and savory strawberry and pineapple chunks. All you have to do is slice or cube a few pieces of your favorite fruit, toss them in your water bottle and let them sit for a while to enjoy a deliciously flavored water. If you want to get that instant flavor, crush the fruits first to release their juices before adding both to the water.
2. Soak Some Veggies
Treat yourself to some spa water with a few rounds of cucumber in your water. Simply add the cucumber slices and let the cucumber juices blend with your water to give you a soothing and refreshing drink.
3. Make an Infusion
For all the tea lovers out there, you can turn your favorite tea into flavored water. Simply steep any tea and add it to a bottle of water. You can drink this as freshly-brewed cold tea or leave the tea warm to enjoy a nice room temperature water that will keep you cozy all day long. We love to add some green tea into our water to give ourselves a bit of a caffeine kick without the dehydrating effects of coffee.
4. Drop Essential Oils
Essential oils are well-known for their therapeutic effects and health benefits. Simply add a few drops of your favorite safe-to-ingest essential oil blend, such as lemon or peppermint, to your water and enjoy throughout the day for a revitalizing drink.
5. Infuse with Herbs & Spices
Mint, parsley, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper are just some of the herbs and spices you could use to make your own flavored water. Simply chop up the leaves or crush the spices and mix them into the water. Allow your spice blend to infuse for a few hours before enjoying.
6. Flavor with Juice
Look for natural juice, no preservatives or sugars, and add a tablespoon or two to your water to instantly add some flavor without artificial sweeteners. If you have a juicer at home, you could also make your own veggie juice and add some of the leftovers to your water to make it fun and exciting to drink.
7. Add Apple Cider Vinegar
We can almost taste the acidity of apple cider vinegar just by reading about it. Just add a small teaspoon to your water. Make sure to follow with a full bottle of plain water to make sure the acidity of apple cider vinegar doesn’t hurt the enamel on your teeth and your body gains all the benefits from this wonderful antioxidant powerhouse.
8. Dilute a Broth
While this might sound crazy, it can be quite flavorful. For those looking for a savory alternative to flavored water, just mixing a couple teaspoons of homemade broth or stock to your water can turn any boring tap water into a flavor explosion.
9. Soak Some Flowers
Boil roses or lavender to make an infusion, then add the rose water or lavender water to your bottle to make slightly flavored water that feels refreshing and delicate. Perfect for everyone looking to benefit from the relaxing scent of lavender or the beauty benefits from roses.
10. Add Bubbles
Lastly, while this won’t add exactly “flavor” to your water, it will add an interesting element to your water and make it feel like soda. You can always add any flavors to this idea and turn it into a healthy soda.