Water is very important for weight loss. It speeds up your metabolism and makes losing weight faster and easier. Even so, there are days when it just seems impossible to drink another 2-1/2 quarts of plain water. If you’re having one of those days, make fruit water. It’s just water with a little fresh fruit juice so it works as a perfect substitute and there is so little fruit in it that it’s still zero calories.
- Take a two-quart pitcher and fill it with water. Sometimes I use a gallon size so I have water for a few days.
- Add a variety of fruits to the pitcher. You can leave them in overnight – but no longer – if you want stronger flavor.
- You can start drinking the water right after you put the fruit in. The flavors will be subtle at first but will get stronger with time. If it starts to taste too strong, just add more water.
Different flavor combinations keep the water interesting and allow you to take advantage of the fruit that’s in season. These are some of the fruits I use:
Oranges, lemons, limes: Cut it in half and squeeze the juice into the pitcher. Squeeze it into your hand so you can catch the seeds. Don’t put the rinds in, they’ll make the water bitter.
Strawberries: Cut the tops off and then cut them in half.
Blueberries: Put in whole.
Raspberries: Put in whole but be sure you’re OK drinking little raspberry seeds.
Melon: Scoop out some of the flesh (use a melon baller if you want it to look pretty).
Mint: Add some peppermint or spearmint leaves. Put the leaves in whole so you can easily scoop them out. You could mince them if you don’t mind drinking pieces of mint, but remember that flavors get stronger as they stay in the water.
My favorite fruit water recipe is taking a 2 quart pitcher and squeezing in the juice of one orange, half a lemon and 3-4 strawberries.
After experimenting with your own recipes, I’d love to know what your favorites are. Leave them in the comments section at the bottom of the post.
How is your weight loss is going? Please ask any questions, too. I read everything and will respond.
SusanTags: Caffeine, Coffee, Cook, Diet soda, Fruit, Health, Juice, Lemon, Sugar, Weight loss