Water is one of my favourite drinks. And it should be one of yours too. I mean, experts recommend that we should drink at least eight cups a day. This makes sense as our bodies are made up of up to 60% water. But there is a little problem with our faithful H20 friend - it can get a little boring sometimes.
Living in a world filled with flavours, it’s tempting to get off the water wagon and onto something more exciting to invigorate your tastebuds. However, don’t knock off the ol’ water just yet. It just needs some sprucing up! Try adding one of these fruits, vegetables or seeds (yep, you read that right - seeds!) to your glass. They’ll give you the flavour oomph you’ve been pining for along with the nutrients your body has been craving.
Many restaurants already add lemon to their water, so why shouldn’t you? They’re tasty, refreshing and offer a range of nutritional benefits. While lemons saved many sailors’ lives, keeping scurvy at bay prior to the 1700s due to their high value in vitamin C, they also offer other nutritional benefits such as folate and potassium.
Tired of squeezing lemons? Go for its close cousin, lime. Think of lime-water as an upgraded alternative to ais limau. But rather than drinking it with ice and sugar throughout the day, drink lime with warm water first thing in the morning. It’s a Yogic / Ayurvedic ritual designed to stimulate digestion and cleanse the gastro-intestinal system.
Have you ever noticed that when you juice an orange, you normally get a little bit of juice and a whole lot of pulp? Savour as much of the fruit as you can by adding some slices into a glass of water. This little drink will help to boost your vitamin C intake and aid in blood circulation.
Cucumbers aren’t just for putting in your salads and on your eyes. They contain iron, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K, and are a perfect addition to water as they are low in calories, making them great for weight loss. Soak cucumber in water overnight then enjoy its refreshing taste the next day.
Berry-infused water was one of my favourite drinks during the summer of 2013. A sucker for berries, I used to buy a big frozen pack then soak them in water. It was the perfect sweet and tasty drink to kick off a warm sunny day. We’ve all heard about the long list of benefits that berries offer and this is an easy way to get them all in one glass.
6. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds can absorb up to 27 times their weight in water so remember not to down them dry. Soak chia seeds in water for a minute or so until you notice a gel-like coating form around them. Aside from being high in Omega 3’s, antioxidants and micronutrients such as magnesium, calcium and manganese, all the water they soak up will keep dehydration at bay.
7. Protein Powder
Not a fan of milk? Not a problem. Just add a scoop full of protein powder to a cup of water then shake it all up. Water dilutes the flavour that the protein powder was made to taste like, so don’t expect it to be as tasty as mixing it with milk. However you will get used to it over time and most importantly, you’ll get extra protein to supplement your current diet.