As the days grow warmer, you’ll need to keep yourself hydrated more than usual. Instead of opting for sugary drinks such as sodas, create your own healthy mixes that will quench your thirst and keep you healthy.
1. Cucumber and Mint
Cucumbers are a mild, refreshing treat. Add in a bit of mint, and you’ll feel the temperature drop with every gulp.
Thinly slice one cucumber. Place the slices in a pitcher of water. Add in four to six mint leaves and stir everything together. Place the pitcher in the fridge and steep overnight.
Cucumbers are made of 95 percent water, and are known to be low in cholesterol and high in vitamin K, which improves calcium absorption. On the other hand, mint is known to have large amounts of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent rosmarinic acid, which can help ease allergies.
2. Lemon, Strawberry, and Basil
Yes, that’s an herb right there. You’re probably more used to having basil in your pizza or pasta, but its unique flavor adds just the right kick to this mix.
Hull and quarter six to eight strawberries and mix them with thinly sliced lemons in a pitcher of water. Add crushed basil leaves. Place the pitcher in the fridge and let it steep for at least two hours.
Aside from being a great source of vitamin C, lemons dissolve uric acid and help keep your joints healthy. Strawberries, similar to mint, also contain high levels of antioxidants which lower the risk of heart diseases, while basil, an herb also belonging to the mint family, has components that reduce the harmful effects of aging.
3. Watermelon and Basil
This infusion is reminiscent of warm summer afternoons by the beach, but with a twist.
Place two to three cups of chopped, rindless watermelon in a pitcher of water. Mix with four to six crushed basil leaves. You can add more leaves to taste. Cool the mixture in the fridge for three hours before serving.
Watermelon is a highly nutritious fruit/veggie that’s rich in vitamin A and C. Add that to the benefits of basil, and you have a refreshing, guilt-free drink.
4. Orange and Grape
Heading to the gym? Pack yourself a tumbler of this infusion to keep hydrated!
Chop one orange with its rind and mix with a bunch of grapes cut in half in one pitcher of water. Cool the mixture in the fridge and steep for an hour.
Oranges make for great workout re-chargers as they are low in calories but are quite filling. They also contain fiber and potassium that promote cardiovascular health. Together with grapes which contain the flavonoid quercetin, this infusion can help reduce the risk of fat formation in your arteries and keep your heart strong and healthy.