4 Ways To Jazz Up Plain Water

Basil

Add fresh herbs to water for a flavorful, calorie-free treat

You know you should drink more water. But plain water? It’s so boring. Especially when you’re surrounded by a sea of tempting beverages. So what are some homemade alternatives to regular H20? Here are some ideas that can help the Lehmans drink more water–and you, too.

Try Iced Tea. Boil water and make a super concentrated batch of tea. Let it steep and cool a little, then add cold water to reach your desired flavor level.

Create Your Own Flavors. I mix peach tea with green tea or blueberry tea with black tea. Since most fruit teas are herbal blends, you’re adding health benefits by mixing in green, black or white tea bags. But you can make all herbal blends too. Try combining blueberry and peach tea or raspberry and lemon.

Get Garden-Fresh Water. Fresh herbs give a ton of flavor to water. I use fresh mint. Also try adding fresh produce, such as cucumber slices or fresh berries. Drop them into a pitcher of water and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before drinking to get maximum taste.

Put Coffee on Ice. Use decaf coffee to prevent the dehydrating affects of caffeine. To keep the calories down, go easy on the sugar and cream. Instead pour in some skim milk and a drop of vanilla extract for flavor. Or make your iced coffee from freshly brewed flavored coffee.

How do you add some pizzazz to plain water? Post a comment and let me know!

Through her Des Moines-based nutrition company, SK Health Communications, registered dietitian Stephanie Karpinske writes and develops recipes for magazines, books, supermarkets and food companies. She is the author of Read Before Dieting: Your 4-Step Plan for Diet Success and writes a blog about healthy eating, foodnuti.com. She’s coaching the Lehman family through the six-month Healthy Family Challenge.