Hi friend! How are ya today? Happy Sunday to you! 🙂
So, I’m sure that many of you know based on my New Year’s resolution post and my “Cleaner & Leaner” series on my vlog channel that I’ve been trying to cut back and only eat green, clean and lean this year. Eating better has been sitting on the back of my brain for the last several months, until a couple of weeks ago, when (with the help of some awesome, motivational words from the Tone It Up ladies; check them out — they are super helpful and keep you motivated!) I realized that I am the only one who can control my well-being and that, sure, while a cheeseburger from Harvey’s tastes bomb-fricken-diggity, it’s not doing anything great for me or my body. I thought of it like this, would you rather have wonderful, delicious, can’t-get-enough-of-it taste for about 20 minutes, or a lifetime of healthiness and happiness? Or, as Raj Koothrapali would put it, “a moment on the lips…a lifetime on the hips”? The choice is clear.
So, I busted out the meal plan I made for myself last August, dusted off the ol’ yoga mat, and got to work. The two major things I need to do are get active at least once per day (even 30 minutes a day is better than nothing) and make better, healthier choices when it comes to what I eat and drink. The occasional treat is fine, I’m not going to be TOO strict, but overall, as a whole, I need to be better. One of my biggest vices is Diet Sprite. I drink drank the stuff like it was going out of business. When I was a child, I was pretty much addicted to Coca Cola, but when I turned 15 I heard the myth (though I didn’t realize it was myth at the time) about what coke can do to a flank of meat in less than a day…and decided it wasn’t for me anymore. I turned to Sprite, but then was told by my parents that Diet Sprite is better, with less sugar and no calories (and a whole heap of aspartame – something else I was too naive to realize at the time). Problem is, I’ve never been able to successfully step away from having at least one glass every couple of days…
…until now (but I don’t want to jinx it). I am trying my VERY hardest to kick the habit. It only takes 21 days to break an old habit/form a new one. If I last the 21 days, I’m hoping it will get easier from that point on! The only drinks I’ve had in the last couple of days are coffee, tea and water. I’ve been trying to get the recommended 8 – 10 cups of water a day, if not more. But, let’s face it, water can get boring. I’ve realized now that it’s not necessarily the taste of Sprite that I yearn for, it’s the carbonation and the “something other than water” taste of it! So, I hit my kitchen, did some experimenting and came up with a way to make water less snore and more…I was trying to find a word in my vocabulary that rhymed with snore and meant exciting, but the only thing I could come up with was gore… LOL.
Anywho, follow the jump to check out these super easy recipes! 🙂
Before I share these recipes, if you can even call them that, haha (so easy!), I just want to point something out. These drinks are totally adaptable. In fact, I highly encourage you to adapt these to suit your needs and tastes. If you don’t like some of the fruits that I use, substitute some that you do! If you want to be adventurous and try something completely unheard of, go for it! It’s YOUR drink, and because these are super easy and quick to create, you really can experiment to find your favourite. Also, I made these recipes for individual glasses, as I’m the only one in my household that drinks flavoured water; my dad loves plain ice water and my mom is more of a tea drinker addict. However, if you are making this for you and your partner or kids, why not make some in a pitcher!? It’s great to have around on a day that you are trying to drink a lot, and seeing so much in front of you will encourage you to go back for more! Just make sure to increase the amount of fruits or herbs that you put in there (the more fruits, the more flavour!). Lastly, for the sake of time, I photographed these drinks all in one afternoon, but they taste MUCH better if you cover them with a lid of some kind and leave them overnight in the fridge. Talk about a flavour EXPLOSION! 😉
Okay, so, let’s get started!
For these recipes, you will need:
- a chopping board
- a sharp knife (if you are under the age of 14, have a parent or guardian help you out with the cutting)
- various fruits/herbs specific to each recipe
- a glass or bottle to hold your water in, of course
- some cold water (I find that using room temperature water doesn’t allow the same kind of flavour infusion, for some reason, the cold water mixed with the fruits/herbs just tastes better in my opinion)
2. Using the sharp knife, chop the lemon in half and then slice a wedge off of it. I don’t like my water to be too lemon-y, but if you like the taste, feel free to use more per glass!
Recipe #2: Minty Fresh Water
2. Separate a stem or two and wash it thoroughly. You don’t want any germs or bacteria in your water!
3. Prepare a glass. Next, just pick off the leaves and place them into your empty glass.
4. Fill your glass with water!
5. C’est fini! A glass of water that looks gross (lol), but actually isn’t and is packed with flavour and freshness!
I’ve gotten used to leaves floating in the top of my glass, but if it disgusts you, here are a few things you can do:
a) use a tea strainer and leave the mint leaves in the water for at least 2 hours to get the full flavour. Then, just remove the strainer and enjoy your water!
b) Buy a tumbler or a bottle that has a diffuser inside. I haven’t gotten around to doing this yet, but I saw a tiffany blue one in Loblaws (woop, woop, Canada represent!) recently for $6 that really calls my name! Cute and inexpensive, I like! An alternative to these tumblers are the super cute and motivating ones that Cassey of Blogilates offers here.
c) throw a straw in there to slurp up your water! That way, you’ll still be getting the taste of the drink without having to interact at all with the mint leaves. Win, win!
Recipe #3: Cucumber Water
There’s a reason why this refreshing and relaxing drink is offered in day spas internationally, it tastes great and puts you at ease. It’s love at first sip!
1. Locate a cucumber in your fridge or go buy one from your grocery store. In my household, we always have multiple cucumbers at the ready because we love them and they can be used for dishes aplenty. This is the end of one that I’ve been using all week.
2. Using your knife, cut about 4 -5 slices from the cucumber. The peel is fine to leave on as some of the nurtients come from it, just make sure to remove the plastic if you chop them like I do (plastic on)!
3. Drop them into your glass and fill it with water.
4. Enjoy your nice, cool and healthy glass of water that will not only hydrate you, but will fill you up with super important vitamins and minerals. Yay!
Recipe #4: Berry, Berry Delicious Water
My favourite kind of flavoured water, this drink will trick you into thinking you’re drinking a non-alcoholic cocktail or some fruit punch, especially if you leave the flavours to infuse for a bit! You can use any kind of berries or fruits, but I usually opt for a pre-made berry pack from my grocery store (Loblaws again, but sometimes I get the ones from Whole Foods) – I find they are cheaper and you get a variety, which include blueberries, blackberries (MY FAVOURITE at the moment!), strawberries and raspberries. All of the above fruit are super healthy for you and incorporate lots of vitamins and minerals that you need on a daily basis into a “regular” glass of water. This is my go-to, you’ve gotta try it! 🙂
1. Start out with some berries (or any kind of fruit). If you get the variety pack like pictured below, I find they are a bit cheaper, but sometimes, you have a favourite and you just want that kind of berry (for example, all last week, I would come home and make a glass of water with blackberries and lemons, nothing else. I always have my flavoured water in the evening, as I regard it as my treat and I find it hard to bring a jug of water with food in it to work [unless I get that tumbler I was talking about, hmmm, the idea gets better and better!]. It was strange, but I didn’t want to drink any other kind for about a week straight, so bizarre!). You might have to do some experimenting to find out exactly which kind of berries you prefer.
2. Drop the berries of choice into your prepared glass and fill with water.
3. Enjoy your delicious, berry-licious flavoured, cheaper than any kind of “Vitamin Water” that you could buy in a store! MMMMM!!!!
So, there you have it! 4 super simple “recipes” to morph your regular, ho-hum water into “I just gotta have some more!” water! 😀
I am sure that you are thinking, “these were so easy, why did you even bother write a post about this!?” Well, for the longest time, I struggled with the idea of giving up my favourite drinks for boring water, until I stumbled upon a random food blog where the author was raving about putting fruits in it to jazz up the taste a little. So, I wanted to share my own concoctions with you just in case there is someone like me searching for inspiration or some kind of motivation out there. It’s simple, yes, but it’s not something that EVERYONE does, so, it’s not too common to see or hear about. However, once you do know what to do to make the fluid that makes up over 70% of you a bit more interesting, your journey to health and inner happiness becomes that much easier. If you need it, that is. 😉 🙂
Anyways, that’s all for today, folks! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what kinds of food YOU like to put in your water. Fruits? Veggies? Other? I’m curious to know, so let me know in the comments down below! Thanks for reading!
Until next time,