I am a Dr. Pepper addict. There, I said it. I love Dr. Pepper. A couple of weeks ago I realized how much soda I was drinking and I decided it was time to step away from it. The first day was agony. How could I possibly leave my favorite guilty pleasure behind? Slowly, as the days went by, I stopped craving my treat, but I had another problem: I wasn’t drinking anything at all because I wasn’t drinking soda. I made a specific water goal and tried to meet it each day, but I struggled because the water was boring! I didn’t want to replace one vice with another, so I decided to do some more experimenting with infused waters.
Here are some tips and my favorite flavors for delicious, guilt-free drinks.
Tips for Infused Water:
- Wash all of your fruits and herbs before putting them in the water. You want a clean, delicious, drink.
- Slightly squeeze your fruits to allow them to release their juices into your water.
- Try different flavors together. The possibilities are endless.
- Reuse the fruits and herbs in your pitcher after you drink the water. I tend to use my fruits for about two days. I replace sooner if they start to look sad.
- Use Filtered Water. You want to taste the delicious fruit, not the other stuff in your water.
- Let your water sit for about an hour before drinking. This lets the flavors start to mix.
Raspberry and Lime Water. 1 sliced lime and a handful of raspberries.
Cucumber and Mint. Half a cucumber, sliced, and 4 or 5 mint sprigs.
Pineapple, Mango and Strawberries. A handful of sliced mango and pineapple with 3 or 4 hulled strawberries.
Lemon, Lime and Mint. 1 Lime sliced, half of a lemon sliced and 4 or 5 mint sprigs.
Strawberries and Mint. 4 or 5 hulled strawberries and 4 or 5 mint sprigs.
Recently we installed a filtered faucet in our new home so we could have filtered water. Before we moved back to Utah, we lived in a small border town in Texas. I remember walking into my small kitchen in Texas our first morning there and filling a glass with water. I took one sip and immediately spit it out. It was the most disgusting drink I had ever put in my mouth. We soon learned that the water in our town failed water inspection more than it passed. Who knows what was in the water? And I sure wasn’t going to give it to my child!
Instead of drinking this water we began buying bottled water by the gallon. Every week we consumed about 5 gallons of water and every time I threw away the bottles I wished there was a better way to fix our problem. But living in a small rental, we didn’t have a ton of options.
Now we live back in Utah, and with the memories of our very impure Texas water in mind, we have installed a new filtered faucet in our home. We are thrilled to have access to filtered water and the faucet has made it so easy to have it in our daily life. A filtered faucet not only makes it easy to have access to filtered water, but it can also replace hundreds and hundreds of bottles water. Once you have replaced your faucet with the Xtract faucet, getting filtered water for your family is literally as easy as turning on your tap.
I love that our new trend of infused water is delicious and filtered.
What flavors of filtered water do you want to try?