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Introducing the Most Delicious Way to Stay Hydrated

Making infused water is pretty simple – it just involves adding fruits and herbs to water and allowing the flavors to percolate. The combinations are endless, and making different varieties allows kids to learn about the flavors of different fruits and herbs to find the ones that they like best.

We all know it’s important to drink more water in the hot summer months to stay hydrated, but doing so is easier said than done. Water isn’t exactly flavorful, and when you have a hankering for something sweet, sodas and sports drinks can be more appealing.

Fortunately, there’s a way to make water delicious, and you can even turn it into a fun activity to do with your kids. Introducing: infused waters!

What is it?

Making infused water is pretty simple – it just involves adding fruits and herbs to water and allowing the flavors to percolate. The combinations are endless, and making different varieties allows kids to learn about the flavors of different fruits and herbs to find the ones that they like best.

According to Michelle Ratcliffe, Ph.D and farm to family specialist, "Studies show drinking fewer sugary drinks can lead to a whole host of health benefits including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Flavored water is a great substitute for sugary drinks.”

Many parents give their kids fruit juices, believing they’re healthier alternatives to sodas. They certainly are healthier than sodas, but even 100% juice drinks deliver a lot of sugar without the fiber of fruit. They’re fine in moderation, but infused waters are a far healthier go-to for kids and adults.

How to make it

Making infused water isn’t difficult – just go to your local farmers’ market or grocery store and pick out fruits and herbs you like best, then add them to a big pitcher of water and add in ice. Keep the pitcher in the fridge for a refreshing treat.

You can feel free to explore but if you want some foolproof recipes guaranteed to delight, try one of the ideas below provided courtesy of Chef Garrett Berdan, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Rootopia.

Strawberry Cucumber Rosemary Water

1 quart ice
6 slices fresh cucumber
3 large fresh strawberries, sliced into ¼ inch slices
1 long fresh rosemary sprig (about 6 inches), cut in half
2 quarts water

In a large clear pitcher add 1 quart ice, the cucumber slices, sliced strawberries, the rosemary sprigs, and 2 quarts cold water. Stir gently just to distribute the pieces. Let the water sit for at least 5 minutes before drinking to allow the flavors to infuse into the water. Pour water into clear cups with ice and garnish with optional additional sliced cucumber, strawberries, and a small sprig of rosemary. Refill the pitcher up to 4 times to get the most out of the flavor infusions.

Lemon Blackberry Water

1 quart ice
6 slices fresh lemon
10 large fresh blackberries
2 fresh lemon balm or thyme sprig (about 3 inches each)
2 quarts water

In a large clear pitcher add 1 quart ice, the lemon slices, the blackberries (crush half of the berries when adding), the lemon balm or thyme sprigs, and 2 quarts cold water. Stir gently just to distribute the pieces. Let the water sit for at least 5 minutes before drinking to allow the flavors to infuse into the water. Pour water into clear cups with ice and garnish with optional additional sliced lemon, blackberries, and a small sprig of lemon balm or thyme. Refill the pitcher up to 4 times to get the most out of the flavor infusions.

Lime Raspberry Mint Water

1 quart ice
6 slices fresh lime
12 large fresh raspberries
2 small spearmint sprigs (about 3 inches each)
2 quarts water

In a large clear pitcher add 1 quart ice, the lime slices, the raspberries (crush half of the berries when adding), the spearmint sprigs, and 2 quarts cold water. Stir gently just to distribute the pieces. Let the water sit for at least 5 minutes before drinking to allow the flavors to infuse into the water. Pour water into clear cups with ice and garnish with optional additional sliced lime, raspberries, and a small sprig of spearmint. Refill the pitcher up to 4 times to get the most out of the flavor infusions.

When you take the time to provide kids with a healthy means to hydration, they drink less sugar and get a chance to discover new flavors to experiment with in the kitchen, too. Now that’s something to raise a glass (of infused water) to!

Northwest Honda Dealers support preparing kids to live a healthy future. When kids learn how to make delicious things to eat and drink out of natural ingredients, they don’t consume as much sugar and build a strong foundation of knowledge to inform a lifetime of healthy eating. That's why Northwest Honda Dealers proudly support Rootopia, where the art, science and fun of raising happy, healthy kids comes together.

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