I need to be honest with you. Lately, I’ve been working so hard to bring you mindfulness and joy that I let my own self-care practices slip a bit. I know! I’m supposed to practice what I preach, right? Well, thankfully, self-awareness is a precursor to self-management. Thanks to low energy levels and my favorite pants feeling a little snugger than usual, I’m conscious I need to make some changes to start feeling my best again.
One thing I’m doing to ramp up my health and self-care is to drink more water. This is especially important if you’re also feeling the effects of the triple-digit “Heat Dome” that has taken over most of the U.S.
Now, I’m a big tea drinker, which is great, because tea is good for you; but I love cream and honey in my tea. When I’m stressed, I tend to drink way more than my usual 2-4 cups of tea a day, so that little bit of cream and honey really starts to add up. This is why I first turned to drinking more good old-fashioned water, but weight loss isn’t my only reason for committing to drinking more water. According to WebMD, drinking water:
Are you with me when I say, “Yes, please!” to all of these benefits of water?
I thought so.
Recently, I took a trip to Kansas City, Missouri, and the hotel I was staying in had two large beverage dispensers at the front in addition to coffee and tea. One swanky dispenser had ice water with lemon slices and the other ice water with strawberry slices. I ran over to grab some water and caught myself wondering why I found this of water so luxurious. Why should I only have these refreshing and ridiculously simple beverages at hotels and spas?
I shouldn’t and you shouldn’t either!
Making infused water is easy. Clean and wash whatever fresh fruit and herbs suit your taste. Slice the fruits as needed and use a spoon to gently muddle the herbs before adding them to a jug of water. Then, place in the the fridge to marinate overnight. Finally, pour into a glass of ice and enjoy.
Letting your fresh fruits and herbs rest in the water over night is the best way to ensure your infusion packs a powerful taste and is full of the nutrients found in your yummy ingredients. But if your hankering for a healthy and refreshing fix ASAP, muddle the fruits and herbs in your glass with a spoon. Viola!
Here are some of my favorite infusions:
Cucumber + Mint
Strawberries + Cherries
Orange + Rosemary
Lemon + Lavender
Right now, I am sipping on a glass of ice-cold strawberry water. It’s so refreshing, tastes great, and I’m delighted to know my skin, hair, and nails are benefiting from the vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants found in the strawberries.
I hope you get creative with infusions and beat the heat! I’d love to hear what your favorite infusion recipes are at firstname.lastname@example.org.