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Make Your Own Flavor-infused Water

Make Your Own Flavor-infused Water  6/29/18Water is a huge part of what makes up the human body.  It also plays a huge role in maintaining human health, and in restoring human health if the body has become dehydrated.

The effects of not being well hydrated can include thirst, fatigue, headaches, and decreased focus or concentration.

To stay well hydrated and promote optimal functioning of our body and its muscles and organs, we need to take in plenty of water from beverages and food sources such as juicy fruits and vegetables.  Water, milk, and 100% fruit juices are the most often and highly recommended beverages to meet our need for water and nutrients. 

However, if you are tired of drinking plain water and the other recommended beverages, or if you just don’t care for plain water, try something new by making your own infused water with fruit and/or herbs.

Start with clean hands, containers, cutting boards and knives. Rinse fruit and herbs thoroughly.  Start with two quarts of water (64 ounces), add one of the flavor add-ins listed below.  Refrigerate overnight, and enjoy the next day. 

Flavor Add-ins for 2 quarts of water:
▪ Citrus water: ½ cup sliced oranges, lemons or grapefruit

▪ Strawberry kiwi water: 3 sliced strawberries + 1 peeled, sliced kiwi

▪ Watermelon rosemary water: 2 cups seedless water melon (cut in chunks or balls) + 1 sprig rosemary

▪ Raspberry lime water: 20 crushed raspberries + 2 sliced limes (without rind)


As for other tips and closing thoughts:

▪  Don’t mix batches.

▪ Use up the batch, clean the container thoroughly, and make a new batch. 

▪ Experiment now to find your favorites, then serve them to guests during your summer get-togethers.

More information is available from the NDSU Extension office in Sargent County, or online at:  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/food/health-and-nutrition/eatsmart/eat-smart.-play-hard.-magazines-1/2018-19-eat-smart-play-hard-magazine/thirsty-rethink-your-drink

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/en/glasses-water-fruit-fruits-water-2367017/ (downloaded 7/3/18)

 

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