There’s no two ways about it – the best way to hydrate your body is with good ol’ H2O. Save on high-calorie, overly sweetened supermarket beverages and instead replace them with these fun, water-based drinks.
By sipping on these low-calorie waters, you’ll quench your thirst and give your body the fluid it needs to perform essential cell, organ and tissue-related functions. You’ll notice that in each of our 8fit recipes below, we don’t provide a recommended measure of water. Start with 8 ounces of water to optimize the taste, then add more to dilute, adjusting according to your preferred level of flavor intensity. (Note: Each recipe serves one.)
Herb, berry and lemon iced tea
If you constantly find yourself stopping at the vending machine or convenience store for an iced tea, maybe we can inspire you to make your own. This ingredient combination tastes great and boasts powerful antioxidants and key vitamins that help combat high cholesterol, heart disease and poor concentration.
Lemon, ginger and turmeric tonic
Drink this turmeric elixir every morning to fight inflammation and help promote overall health. “Elixir” is a fancy word for a drink used for medicinal purposes. The lemon is loaded with vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants your body needs, and combined with ginger provides added digestive power.
Strawberry and basil cooler
This strawberry and basil cooler has everything you need: color, fresh flavor and a whole bunch of antioxidants. Boost the basil’s potency by muddling it to release its essential oils.
Orange and rosemary infusion
Drink your stress away by adding cortisol-lowering rosemary to your orange water. Coupled with the orange’s healing vitamin C, you’ve got a powerful pairing that’s sure to spark a whole new desire for refills.
Introducing the Moscow Fuel, a twist on the classic “mule” cocktail, made with cucumber, ginger and lime. Thanks to its 95% water content, cucumber keeps you hydrated. At the same time, vitamins found in the ginger and lime soothe the body, specifically the stomach and digestive tract. Use sparkling water to kick this drink up a notch.
The Virgin Mary flavored water has all of the same great flavors as the savory Bloody Mary cocktail, but without any of the unpleasant side-effects (i.e. hangovers). You can even add a touch of Tabasco or Worcestershire sauce for a little edge.