Naturally Flavored Water

I’m dedicating this recipe to my mother who watched me put these glasses of fruit and water together. It was the only time she participated while I created something new to post at The Kitchen Twist. Shortly after taking this picture she suffered a massive stroke that turned her world upside down. I love you mom.

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During the heat of the summer when you know you need to drink more water it can be tempting to turn to more flavorful but less healthy options. Here are some simple strategies to make drinking plenty of water a little more exciting.

Fruits and vegetables added to water increase the vitamin and mineral content as well as the antioxidants making it a delightfully nutritious way to hydrate. I especially like knowing that I can create my own vitamin water less expensively than commercially made flavored waters and also feel confident about the exact ingredients in my beverage. And remember the water itself is preventing dehydration. Being fully hydrated flushes out toxins, reduces cramps and headaches and can reduce cravings for unhealthy food while at the same time it increases the metabolism. Water revitalizes your body the way water revitalizes a wilting flower making you feel refreshed and energetic.

If you want a little sweetness to your water add some drops of liquid stevia or stir in a small amount of stevia powder.
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NATURALLY FLAVORED WATER

Choose any combination in desired amounts for single servings or for an entire pitcher full!

Watermelon, cubed
Lemon slices
Mint leaves

Orange slices
Vanilla bean, sliced open longways

Pineapple cubes
Mango slices

Papaya cubes
Lime slices

Blackberries, slightly crushed
Basil leaves

Pear slices
Ginger root, peeled, sliced in rounds
Orange slices

Honeydew melon cubes
Lime slices
Mint leaves

Add whichever combination of wonderful goodness you’ve chosen to your desired container and add water. Allow to steep for a while (about 4 hours) and serve to enjoy naturally flavored water. Add liquid stevia drops, or stir in stevia powder for sweetness if desired. ©Janice Moreland http://thekitchentwist.com

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