Well there are plenty of things you can do to your water to make it more interesting and enjoyable. That way, drinking as much of it as you need to on a daily basis won’t be a chore. It will be something you want to do.
Everybody Loves Fizz
Many people fall into the habit of drinking soda not for the taste, but for the fizz. After all, fizz is fun. So why not drink water that fizzes?
I personally find sparkling water, or seltzer water to be the most refreshing drink on Earth. I even keep a glass of sparkling water on my nightstand while I sleep. I simply love it.
My mother is a health nut, and I grew up in a very healthy household. All meals were cooked from scratch from real, whole foods, and there was rarely junk food in the house. Our “junk food” was popcorn or pretzels, and we loved to snack on fresh fruit and raw veggies. There was never soda in our fridge. We saved soda for a special treat when we went out to eat. Our “soda” was seltzer and “fizzy juice” (seltzer with a splash of fruit juice). Today, my kids love seltzer and fizzy juice as much as I did.
If plain seltzer is still too plain, you can try the fizzy juice (just a splash…don’t overdo it), or add a twist of lemon or lime. Most sparkling water companies sell flavored versions like cherry, lime, berry, orange, etc. You just have to be careful about artificial sweeteners, so read your labels. If you are on the go, plenty of stores carry bottled fizzy juices and flavored sparkling waters that do not contain artificial sweeteners.
No Fizz for You?
OK so not everybody likes carbonation. That’s fine. There are plenty of things you can do to flat water to make it more fun. There is the standard twist of lemon and lime, or you can get really creative and add other fresh ingredients. There is a recipe for “Sassy Water” in the book Flat Belly Diet, by Liz Vaccariello with Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD.
“Sassy Water” adds flavor to water with fresh ginger, cucumber, lemon, and mint. It tastes great, and these foods are anti-inflammatory and also aid digestion.
Speaking of Antioxidants…
Drink green tea. Lots of it. I try to drink one kettle of it every day. It hydrates, gives you a little pick-me-up (it contains caffeine, but MUCH less than black tea or coffee), and helps strengthen your body’s immune system by combating free radicals. White tea has less caffeine, but packs as much antioxidant punch as the green, just with a more delicate flavor. White green teabags also come in flavors. I recommend getting the highest quality you can, and sweetening with lemon and honey, not sugar. These are great iced too, and are available bottled. Again, check your labels and avoid artificial sweeteners.
Hungry? Have some soup.
I am kind of obsessed with soup. I like many kinds, but am obsessed with chicken soup. I make a 16 quart pot from scratch every week or two and freeze it in portions. I eat a large bowl everyday for lunch. My kids love it too. I use all fresh, all natural (organic when available) vegetables, herbs, and chicken. I add pasta for extra texture. What is the main ingredient? Water! A big, well-made bowl of soup will not only satisfy your hunger, but also quench your thirst. I am not talking about canned or packaged soup here…too much salt.
I cannot stress how important it is to drink enough water every day. If you don’t, your body will start to shut down. You will be tired, get headaches, and lose the ability to concentrate among other problems. Use some of these tips and you will look forward to drinking your water. Be creative and come up with some of your own ideas as well!
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