There are many things to love about the Fall: crispy golden leaves, PSL’s (if you’re into that…), snuggly blankets, hot cups of tea, candles… the list goes on. One thing that sucks about the Fall? It’s cold season. I want to enjoy my tea, not drink it to soothe my sore throat. I want to snuggle in my blanket, not be snuggled up shivering due to a fever. There’s little we can do to avoid the annoying common cold, but a few extra vitamins never hurt!
It’s so important to drink enough water, with our bodies made of more than 70% water, it’s an important habit that’s often neglected. There’s probably nothing better to add to your morning routine than chugging a large glass of water, but I get it, water is a bit drab. Sure, I’d rather take something flavoured, but there’s SO much sugar packed into most of our favourite soda’s and flavoured water’s, that they probably do as much harm as they do good. If you’re looking for a fun way to get your 2 litres a day, try out some homemade infused water.
First of all you’re going to want to decide what kind of flavors you want in your water. Examples of things that infuse really well with water are cucumber, peaches, citrus fruits, berries, apples, pears, herbs etc. Try to stick with fruits that are naturally sturdy, so for example bananas probably wouldn’t work so well. Then go ahead and fill up the container of your choice with as much, or as little fruit and flavorings as you desire. The more you add, the stronger the flavors are going to be, and the longer you let the water sit in the container before you drink it, also the stronger the flavor will be.
For my water, I chose cucumber for freshness, lime for extra nutrients and a citrusy punch, and fresh mint for a cooling sensation. You can keep refilling the water bottle as many times as you like, I find the fruit will be fine in there for 2 days, then it probably needs to be changed.
To chop my cucumber and lime, I used a mandolin. I’ve always been nervous to try a regular mandolin because of the risk of finger chopping, but the way this one is designed means that isn’t as much of an issue. Whatever you are slicing is held nice and firmly by the slicing guard on top and you can adjust the thickness of the blades to create slices as thin or as thick as you like. It made light work of the cucumber and the lime! I would never have been able to achieve slices so thin with a knife, especially as I reached the end of the lime, and I wanted the slices as thin as possible to allow for maximum water infusion!
I also tried adding sparkling water instead of still water and both were equally nice! Since moving to Switzerland I’ve become a huge fan of sparkling water, and the extra flavors added something really special! So let’s beat the cold season together this year and bound ahead with healthy water! Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas or try this out and let me know what you add to your water!