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12 Ways to Flavor your Drinking Water without Refined Sugar

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Homemade Flavored Water that Rocks


Do you have a love-hate relationship with drinking water?

Many people do.  You need to drink more water during the summer season in order to avoid dehydration, that much is certain, but let’s face it- water is, well, plain.  Sometimes you want to quench your thirst with something that has some flavor- a little kick, a touch of sweetness, or just a cooling aftertaste.  Short of guzzling down sugary sodas, “energy drinks,” or highly concentrated fruit-ades, what other options are there?

Alternatives to soda

There’s no reason to feel guilty about craving flavored water, as long as you don’t substitute drinking water with sweet sodas, diet sodas, coffee, or caffeinated iced tea.  Stay hydrated while satisfying your sweet tooth by brewing up your own homemade flavored water, made with natural food ingredients.

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Below are 12 tips for increasing your water intake without sacrificing flavor:


1- Make it fruity. Fill up a pitcher of drinking water, and toss in some fresh fruit for added sweetness without the cavities.

Try it now: experiment with mixed berries, citrus fruits, or the spa special, sliced cucumbers.

2- Juice it. Instead of adding sweetened punch mixes, add some 100 percent natural concentrated fruit juice.  Apple juice concentrate makes an excellent sugar substitute for recipes that call for corn syrup or honey.

Try it now: Dilute one part pure mango juice with three parts water for an all-natural fruit-ade.

3- Pour in some bubbly. Sometimes you just gotta have something fizzy.  Resist the urge to grab a can of diet soda mindlessly from the cooler.  Plain club soda, seltzer water, or sparkling mineral water on ice is so much healthier, not to mention more refreshing.

Try it now: Make your own flavored seltzer.  Add grape juice or pineapple juice to a glass of sparkling water.

4- Ice, ice, baby. Ice-cold water tastes better than flat tepid water, hands down.  Keep bottled water in your refrigerator at all times.  Store a half-full bottle of water in the freezer for field trips; fill-‘er-up and you’ve got instant ice water.

Try it now: For parties, try something different.  Instead of regular, square ice cubes, invest in a few designer ice cube molds, and substitute fruit juice for water.


5- Drink herb tea. Commercially bottled iced teas are full of refined sugar, and many contain caffeine, which causes dehydration.  Make a jug of home-brewed decaffeinated iced tea, only leave out the sweet stuff.

Try it now: Boil a few cups of water.  Add several bags of herbal tea.  Allow to seep and cool.  Add ice and water, adjusting to taste.  Some flavor suggestions:  chai decaf, mixed berries, or lemon-chamomile.

6- Add a little electrolyte. Your body loses salty fluids when you perspire.  For that reason, many sports drinks contain small amounts of sugar, potassium, and salt.  Unfortunately, most electrolyte drinks contain too much sugar, in addition to food colorings and other additives.

Try it now: Make your own healthy sports drink by adding a small amount of salt and orange juice (a natural source of potassium) to your drinking water.

7- Great with grated ginger: Ginger extract is a healthy tonic that also adds a warm, spicy flavor to foods and beverages.  Beware, though, because ginger root is more powerful than it looks.

Try it now: Peel and grate a piece of ginger root.  Press fresh shavings through a garlic press.  Catch the extracted juice in a small bowl.  Add to warm or cool water, adjusting to taste.

8- Make a fragrant watery bouquet. Fresh cuttings of herbs add a festive, pleasing touch to iced drinking water without the need for sweeteners.

Try it now: Chop up a handful of pungent peppermint leaves, and toss them into a glass decanter of water for a stimulating, hydrating drink.  Other refreshing options are lavender-mint, lemongrass, and parsley.

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9- Vinegar water. Many health experts extol the benefits of drinking diluted vinegar.  Some believe that drinking apple cider vinegar is helpful for promoting weight loss and supplying vitamin C, vitamin A, and many B vitamins.

Try it now: Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or raspberry vinegar to a tall glass of fresh drinking water.

10- Red, red, wine. While drinking glassfuls of wine, or any other alcohol, for that matter, is not a great way to stay hydrated, there’s nothing wrong with adding a bit of wine to a glass of sparkling water for flavor.

Try it now: One part of sweet dessert wine mixed with two parts sparkling mineral water makes a delightfully light, low-calorie, low-alcohol wine spritzer.


11- Have a cuppa. A cup of broth, that is.  Sipping soup is another great way to increase your water intake in a way that’s flavorful and nutritious.  Thick, creamy chowders don’t count as a hydrating soup, though many are healthful.  To avoid dehydration while suffering from a cold or flu, drink plenty of soupy broths.

Try it now: Add a low-sodium bouillon cube to a mug of boiled water, for a quick cup-a-soup.  Better yet, stir up a fresh pot of chicken or vegetable soup with basil, oregano, and dill.

12- Take this one to-go. Have you ever gone to a party where the only drinks offered were sodas, beer, and tap water?  Times like these, it helps to have a packet of sugarless drink mix on hand.  While it’s not as healthy as the above-listed options, considering the artificial sweeteners and the food colorings, it’s still a vast improvement over syrupy colas with caffeine.

Try it now: Check your supermarket aisle for a selection of powdered drink mixes that contain aspartame, saccharine, or sucralose.  Many come in single-serving envelopes for convenience while traveling.


Also read:

7 Days of Refreshing, High Energy Smoothies without Caffeine

10 Most Tempting Vegan Ice Cream Recipes


How to Make Homemade Flavored Water – Alternatives to Soda

Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful | Wise Bread

7 Ways to Make Water Taste Better – Healthy Living – Everyday Health

7 Days of Refreshing, High Energy Smoothies without Caffeine

Monday, July 11th, 2011



Healthy and delicious fruity milk shakes are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants- these smoothies will keep your energy up all summer long…without the caffeine!


Nothing beats an ice-cold drink on a hot, lazy summer day.  Colas and “energy drinks” might temporarily give you that extra power boost you need in the middle of the afternoon, but that’s only because they get their fuel from caffeine.

One 16-ounce can of SoBe’s No Fear contains 141mg of caffeine; that’s about as much as an 8-ounce cup of coffee, which can have anywhere between 100-150mg of caffeine.

So, what’s wrong with a caffeine buzz?

Nothing, if it’s an occasional cup of coffee.  But if you’re banking on a can of Diet Coke or a tall Frappuccino to get you through your morning workload or afternoon gym class on a regular basis, then you should consider the health risks involved.

Caffeine and your health

Besides guaranteeing a “caffeine crash” a few hours later, which defeats the whole purpose of drinking an energy drink, excess caffeine intake causes the following side effects:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Withdrawal symptoms

Nutritious, energy drinks just make more sense

Why risk all the ill effects of caffeine addiction, when you can get a vitamin-packed power boost from heart-healthy ingredients that your body loves?

Whip up a high-energy smoothie for a quick, refreshing breakfast, snack, or frozen dessert. 

Dairy ingredients such as yogurt and low-fat milk provide protein and vitamin B12, for long-lasting energy and metabolic performance throughout your day. 

Individuals on special diets can substitute soy milk or soy ice cream for a vegetarian milk shake. 

Fresh fruits of the season deliver maximum vitamins and antioxidants.

Try some of these healthy, summertime smoothie recipes for yourself; listed below is one for each day of the week!

Sunday: Tea-Licious Smoothie

7 Days of Refreshing, High Energy Smoothies without Caffeine

This frosty drink gets it vavavoom from peppermint tea, lemon sorbet, and vitamin C-rich citrus fruits.  It’s an excellent alternative to caffeine-laden Southern sweet tea.

Monday: Apple à la Mode Smoothie

7 Days of Refreshing, High Energy Smoothies without Caffeine

You’ll start loving Mondays if you make this apple pie smoothie a part of your morning ritual.  The apple pectin provides high fiber, so you won’t get hungry by the time 10:00 am rolls around.

Tuesday: Creamy Date Shake

Dates add natural sweetness and filling fiber to this low-fat milk shake.

Wednesday: Banana-Yogurt Smoothie

Martha Stewart recommends this naturally wholesome and delicious banana drink, which also contains flax seeds, honey, and plain yogurt.

Thursday: Watermelon Yogurt Mint Smoothie


Are you ready to try something refreshingly different?  If you love crisp watermelon, then you’ll flip for this cooling summer treat, made with fresh watermelon, mint leaves, honey, and lemon yogurt.

Friday: Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie Recipe


You don’t have to wait until October to enjoy antioxidant-rich pumpkin pie! Just crack open a can of pumpkin puree, and add banana and almond milk.  This recipe also contains two cups of baby spinach, but you can substitute your favorite leafy greens.

Saturday: Avocado-Pear Smoothie

Avocado and silken tofu add a smooth, creamy texture to this protein drink, and pear juice and honey give it a naturally sweet taste.

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