Thursday, July 18, 2013

Step Up to the Calorie Counter: Homemade Flavored Water

Everyone seems to go crazy over flavored water. However, can you get the nutrition without all of the additives?

Sure, if you make it at home.

And here's how you can do that, with help from Greatist:

Greatist blogger Kat Robson has a few recipes to get you started.

Minty Cucumber Lime
1/2 a cucumber, sliced
1/2 a lime, sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
Strawberry-Lemon with Basil
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 a lemon, sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
Watermelon Mint
1 cup cubed watermelon
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
Pineapple-Orange with Ginger
1/2 cup cubed pineapple
1/2 an orange, sliced
1 tablespoon freshly-grated ginger

What You’ll Need:
One-quart jars
Wooden spoon
Agave or another sweetener (optional) 
What to Do:
  1. Choose which recipe you're making — or come up with your own combination — and gather all of the ingredients. 
  2. Place the fruit, herbs, and/or spices in the bottom of one of the glass jars, and muddle with a wooden spoon. (That basically means mash up the fruit in the bottom of the jar to release some of the flavor-filled juices.)
  3. Fill the jar with water and give it a taste. (You can also fill the jar with seltzer water for a fizzy treat.) If you'd like something a bit sweeter, try adding some agave (and mix until dissolved).
  4. Enjoy as-is or refrigerate overnight for maximum flavor. 

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