Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Oh, You Fancy Huh? 18 Refreshing Spa Water Recipes

Ugh, I hate plain water.  Okay, "hate" is a strong word... but I really, really am not a fan of drinking flavorless, plain water.   I think the one exception would be guzzling cold water after a hard, push-it-to-the-limit workout or road race.  However, even then I'm not so much drinking it out of desire for the flavor... kind of more out of fear of passing out.

plain water = sad tastebuds

Most of us know all the ways in which water is beneficial... but click on this link to see a larger image of the cool graphic below in case you'd like a refresher... 

Are you drinking enough water?

According to the Mayo Clinic, an adequate intake (AI) of fluids for men is about 13 cups per day and an AI for women is about 9 cups per day; however, those numbers will differ depending on the person.  Checking urine color is an easy way to keep tabs on your hydration level (should be pale yellow to clear, not dark).

Keep in mind that all fluids (except alcohol), including water from fruit and vegetables, count toward this daily total, not just straight up water. Research shows that alcoholic beverages are an exception though because they can negatively affect fluid balance.

Reaching my daily water consumption goal can still be a struggle, even though I know how important it is to stay hydrated.  I've been experimenting with ways to make it easier on me and one very successful tip has been....


Seriously, what's not to love...  
  • it's pretty
  • it's all-natural
  • it gives yummy flavor to plain water
  • it's a great little party hostess trick
  • and it's the easiest thing in the world to make!
I've been making a huge pitcher of spa water to store in my fridge each night so that it's chilled and flavorful for the next day.

Adding lemon or lime to water has become fairly common as far as the whole fruit-in-water goes... but there are SO many more unique combinations that work....

18 super refreshing and easy spa water recipes...

  1. Apple-Cinnamon: Apple slices and 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  2. Berry Blast: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries & blackberries
  3. Blueberry-Lime:  Handful of blueberries, lime slices and fresh mint leaves
  4. Citrus Goodness:  Slices of grapefruit, oranges, limes and lemons
  5. Cool Mint:  Cucumber slices, lemon slices and fresh mint leaves
  6. Fizzy Navel: Orange slices, peach slices and orange sparkling water
  7. Grapefruit Lemon: Slices of grapefruit and lemons
  8. Italian Herb Garden:  Handfuls of fresh rosemary, basil and thyme
  9. Kiwi-Strawberry-Lime: Kiwi slices, strawberry slices and lime slices
  10. Lemon-Blueberry:  Lemon slices and blueberries
  11. Melon Ball:  Balls or chunks of watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe, plus lime slices
  12. Pineapple Faux-jito:  Sliced pineapple, lime slices, handful of fresh mint leaves and a few splashes of lime sparkling water
  13. Raspberry-Lime Rickey: Lime slices, raspberries and lemon/lime or raspberry sparkling water
  14. Raspberry Peach: Raspberries, peach slices and splash of lemon sparkling water
  15. Red, White & Blue: Sliced strawberries, blueberries and peeled apple chunks
  16. Strawberry Basil:  Sliced strawberries and a handful of fresh basil.
  17. Tropical Fruit Cooler:  Slices of fresh pineapple, kiwi, mango and lime
  18. Vanilla Spritza: one vanilla bean, split down the middle, with sparkling water

Another fun tip...  Freeze berries into ice cubes to help keep your spa water cool... or better yet, use frozen fruit AS your ice cubes!

Have you ever tried spa water?  What combinations are your favorite??

Cheers!! :)

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