Why Infused Water?
As the weather begins to get hotter during the dog days of summer, we all reach for a refreshing, thirst-quenching beverage to cool off with. Most will reach for and recommend water, but sometimes everyday water gets plain and boring. You’re craving more yet sport drinks and sodas are filled with sugar and chemicals. Let me introduce you to infused water! Everyone at ISCG loves our infused water and we can usually find our very own Katie McGerty in the kitchen each morning creating our refreshing mixture of the day!
Only about 57% of adults drink more than 4 cups of water a day. Infused water, either in a central location or throughout your office, is one of the many healthy ‘nudges’ you can implement to encourage a waterfall (pun intended) of healthy behaviors. Not only will the increase water intake make you generally feel better but staying hydrated also helps to reduce symptoms of dehydration, dry skin, and helps to flush toxins from your body. In addition, this new healthy ‘nudge’ can have far reaching benefits related to overall health in the workplace like reduced sick days and increased productivity.
How can you encourage this healthy nudge? You don’t have to create different combinations every day; yet having the same flavor all the time can get dull. Choose a couple popular combinations and put them in rotation. We even grow our own herbs in our planter boxes in front of our building!
When it comes to infused water not all fruits are equal as some don’t do well in the water. Here are some suggestions that I have found to hold up well in the water without falling apart:
Berries - Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries all have wonderful flavor that pair nicely with just about anything.
Seedless Watermelon – Remove from the rind and slice into chunks.
Kiwi – Peel and slice into round discs.
Pineapple- cut into chunks (Tip: buy this already cut to save time and a sticky mess)
Cucumber – leave the skin on and slice into discs.
Lemons/Limes – pair these with any of the sweeter fruits but be sure to remove the skin as it can make the water bitter after a couple of hours.
Pinterest is a great resource if you’re looking to get your rotation started or here are a few of our favorites:
Watermelon & Basil
Lemon & Lime
Lemon & Blueberry
Cucumber & Mint
Strawberry & Mint
When making infused water I usually follow these four rules: use a glass container, keep the flavors simple, use the ripest fruits possible for maximum flavor, and wash & rinse the container daily. Enjoy making these delicious combinations this summer as the weather heats up…and don’t forget to eat the fruit too at the end of the day for the added nutrition and fiber.