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50 Refreshing Ideas to Keep You Hydrated during the Summer Heat

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Want to be like Alice Cooper? Drink more water! That’s right, I said water. I had the pleasure of sitting with Alice Cooper and his beautiful bride Sheryl at dinner a while back while the singer was on tour. And what was he drinking? Yep. Water.

I can hear some of you moaning already. You don’t like water. You’re tired of water. Water is boring. Blah, blah, blah. If that’s what you’re saying, as a health advocate I have to tell you to get over it and figure out a way to make your water taste better! Your body needs water to be healthy.

You need to juice up your drink!

I’m one of the lucky ones. I actually like drinking water. But that doesn’t mean I’m not up for a little variety. That’s when I reach for the crisper drawer in my refrigerator.

You can make dozens of delicious water flavors from all-natural ingredients by adding some of your favorite fruits, veggies and herbs. I found some great ideas on the 52 Kitchen Adventures website.

It’s easy to mix up your own fresh flavors like lemon/blueberry, cucumber/rosemary or blackberry/ginger. Just wash your produce carefully, cut it up and add it to the water. If you use herbs, crush the fresh leaves between your fingers a little bit to release the flavor.

This is a great way to get your kids involved in learning healthy habits for life. Let them pick their favorite fruits or veggies and mix up their own colorful flavors. You can even have a family contest to see who comes up with the family-favorite flavor. And if they get to help make it, the kids might be even more willing to drink it at home and on the go.

If you just can’t wait, you can sample your creation right away. But you’ll get more flavor if you refrigerate it for a couple of hours first. If you don’t like the small bits of fruit floating in the water, pour it through a fine mesh strainer or coffee filter before you drink it.

Just remember that this is fresh produce. So if you leave the fruit in the water for more than a day or two, the water may change color and start to taste bitter.

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Where are the rest of the 50 ideas?

August 10, 2013 - 7:18am
(reply to sejewa)

Hi sejewa,

There is a link included above that directs you to a list of 50 flavored water ideas. Here it is again: http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2012/09/17/fifty-awesome-flavored-wat....

Hopefully, that is helpful!

Do you have a flavored water idea you love drinking? I would love to hear it!

I often struggle with drinking enough water and it is so important for our health, especially since I live in the Arizona heat!

August 16, 2013 - 10:05am
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