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We’ve heard it time and time again: Most Americans are chronically dehydrated without even noticing. Hydration is key for survival—and if you ask me, it’s more important than ever when facing the wrath of summer’s heat. So, you’re probably asking yourself, “How can I beat the season’s rising temps?” It’s simple, really.
Trade in the juice box and fizzy soda for the ultimate calorie-free thirst-quencher. With no added sugar and virtually no calories, infused waters are an easy way to enjoy the summer with an increase in water intake.
Here at Cooking Light, we’ve soaked a pitcher or two (or three)—and now, it’s your turn to try. Jazz up your H20 flow by sipping on a watermelon, cucumber, and mint blend.
In my world, watermelon is the queen of all fruits. Biting into a sweet slice and savoring the juice running down my chin is pure bliss. Reap the benefits of its cooling forces while chilling by the poolside or soaking up the sun at a picnic.
Watermelon-Cucumber-Mint Infused Water
Ingredients: 7 watermelon cubes5 cucumber slices2 mint sprigs
Directions:1. Place the watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a 32-ounce Mason jar, and fill with 22 ounces filtered water.
2. Stir, cover, and let it sit in the refrigerator 1 hour, or overnight for more flavor.
3. Add ice, stick a straw in, and enjoy!
15 Detox Cucumber Infused Water Recipes for Weight Loss
Water with cucumber has been served at day spas and health clubs all over the world for decades, mostly due to its health benefits and refreshingly great taste.
In this article, we?ll discuss benefits of cucumber water, and I?ve also included 15 different cucumber water recipes to add some variety and give you some recipe ideas.
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1. Less Sugar
Flavor-infused water drinks contain a low amount of sugar compared to sodas and bottled juices with high-fructose levels.
Soaked in a refreshing mix of fruits, vegetables, and water, these drinks provide a great source of hydration for quenching your thirst.
3. Better flavor
Fruit infused water drinks provide greater natural flavor than juices that have already been packed and processed for instant consumption.
Seal up your watermelon infused water:
I do seal the top of the pitcher if I have fruit flies in the kitchen, and especially if infusing outside so I don’t get bees in it. If it’s left open, the bugs will attack it and go down into the pitcher. I use either the pitcher lid, Pressn’seal, or tin foil and seal it good and tight so no little pesky flies can get in. This just keeps it sanitary. If you let it sit out exposed too long at room temperature, then you run the risk of bacteria beginning to grow in the water, so play it safe and seal it. After taking the two hours infusing it, you don’t want it to go bad, you want to enjoy it:)
- One 16 oz. canning jar
- 4-5 small chunks of fresh watermelon
- 1⁄2 of a medium size cucumber, cut into slices
- 1⁄4 cup of fresh mint leaves
Add the cucumber slices, watermelon chunks and fresh mint leaves to your 16 oz. canning jar.
Rip the leaves in half for more flavor.
Next, use a spoon or a fork to gently mash the fruit down a little bit. This will let the juice out of the fruit to infuse your water.
Fill the jar with water, place the cover on, give it a good shake and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.
**If you'd prefer to use a larger or smaller canning jar, simply double or cut the recipe ingredients in half and refrigerate overnight.
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
Do you make your own fruit infused water? If so, what combination of fruit is your favorite?
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How to make watermelon cucumber juice
You don’t need a juicer to make watermelon cucumber juice: just a simple blender and a fine mesh strainer! The concept is that you blend up the watermelon and cucumber, then strain out any of the particulate (watermelon seeds, cucumber skin) with a strainer. What comes out is a seriously refreshing juice that looks beautiful too!
For some reason, cucumber in drinks makes me think of a spa: or at least something ultra relaxing. Anyone else? I must have only had cucumber water in intensely relaxing situations: but something about it gives it a relaxing vibe! Combine this with sweet watermelon, and it’s a perfect match for a hydrating summer drink.
Here’s how to make watermelon cucumber juice:
- Chill the watermelon. (You can add ice to the ice, but this can water it down so we recommend storing it chilled until you’re ready to make the juce.)
- Chop the watermelon into cubes. Chop the cucumber into rough slices.
- Blend the watermelon and cucumber until it becomes liquid. Use the ratio of 1 part cucumber to 8 parts watermelon (we used 4 cups watermelon and ½ cup cucumber).
- Pour through a fine mesh sieve into a clean container.
- If you’d like, make little watermelon wedge and cucumber slice garnishes. Enjoy!
Infused Water Recipes
- . This recipe combines watermelon, grapefruit, lemon, mint and more. As a result, you get some vitamins and antioxidants in every glass. . Stay cool weather with these two mild ingredients. This is one of the easiest infused water recipes out there, so you can make it quickly and easily. . In addition to a wonderful flavor, this recipe has the advantage of being instant. The trick is to muddle the berries so the flavor is released instantly. . Because of the rose petals, this one has a delicate, hard-to-pin-down note. If you&rsquove ever tasted rose water, you have an idea of what I&rsquom talking about. . A wonderful herbal blend which has loads of flavor. If you find a lot of infused water recipes too bland, give this one a try. . Whether or not you&rsquore hoping for a detox effect, this apple cinnamon infused water is just what the doctor ordered. I like this one particularly for autumn. . Tremendously refreshing, due to the ginger and mint. But the sweetness of the pineapple makes it all delicious. . Tastes like a mojito, but without the rum. Mint and lime make for a very refreshing combination. . Savory recipes rock, too, so this drink is almost like a bruschetta in a glass. If you grow basil, this recipe gives you something new and delicious to do with it. . Simple and delicious, in addition to being a Weight Watchers recipe. Sage and blackberry make a surprisingly tasty, if unlikely, combination. . This one uses sparkling water because it adds such a nice zing. Rosemary and mint give it a nice touch of spice. . A sweet and tangy recipe with amazing flavor. Another great one for those of you who prefer your beverages more flavorful.
Watermelon Detox Water!
Now, to prepare this super easy and refreshing detox water you’ll need some fresh watermelon pieces, lemon, fresh mint leaves, a small piece of ginger and of course drinking water. Combine everything in a glass pitcher or a large mason jar. Then add ice cubes and chilled drinking water. Your drinking water just got a healthy makeover.
Why Should I Drink My Water with Fruit?
The main reason to drink your water with fruit in is because fruit is incredibly healthy, providing a huge variety of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to repair itself and make sure that it is functioning properly. Your health will benefit from increasing the amount of nutrients and you don’t even have to eat the fruits (though you definitely can and should) – you can just drink the water for a subtle boost to your health.
The second reason to try fruit infused water recipes is simply the taste. Some people find it difficult or unpleasant to drink lots of water by itself. Fruit-infused water is a much healthier alternative to fruit juice and is far more hydrating. Fruit-infused water is simply a great way to make water taste better, meaning that you’re more likely to enjoy it and drink more throughout the day. Best of all, fruit infused water recipes are incredibly easy to make – you can refill the water and the fruit will keep infusing each refill, giving you lasting flavor through the day.
Cucumber and Mint
A refreshing classic, perfect summer tastes for relaxing in the sunshine or keeping yourself fuelled during a workout. Simply slice a cucumber into a half-gallon contain then add 8 muddled mint leaves and ½ gallon of cold water. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours before enjoying.
Cucumber and Pomegranate
If you’re looking for a unique flavour with a fruity twist, this recipe might be the right one for you. Just slice a cucumber into a half-gallon contain then add a handful of pomegranate seeds and ½ gallon of cold water. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours before enjoying.
Orange and Apricot
This is a traditional mixture of orange and apricot flavours, giving the water a mellow citrus taste. Peel an orange and break it into segments then slice an apricot and add both to a container along with cold water. Chill for 2 to 3 hours before enjoying.
Pineapple, Basil and Blackberry
This is a delicate balance of citrus, sugar and alkaline flavours. Fantastic for those looking for new tastes! Start by cutting rings of pineapple into a large container then add 10 muddled basil leaves and 6 whole black berries. Fill with water then chill overnight.
Watermelon and Basil
Another instant, refreshing classic, watermelon provides a unique and delicious flavour. Start by adding a cup of chopped watermelon to your container along with 15 muddled basil leaves. Fill with ½ gallon of cold water then chill for several hours.
Strawberry, Prickly Pear and Lemon
This is our take on a healthy strawberry lemonade. Being by slicing 10 strawberries into a container then add slices of lemon and ¼ cup diced prickly pear. Fill with cold water then refrigerate.
Cherry, Lemongrass and Plum
This is a complicated and subtle flavour, with a fantastic balance of tart and aromatic flavours. Begin by adding a cup of fresh cherries to your container. Next, cut a lime into quarters and add it along with a chopped plum to the container. Fill with cold water and chill.
Mango and Apple
Mango is a fantastically-sweet fruit and, paired with apple, provides a delicious, exotic flavour. Simply slice the mango and the apple into a container then fill with water and chill for 2 to 3 hours before serving.
Grape, Cranberry and Orange
This is reminiscent of a kid’s juice, with a fantastic mixture of sweet and tart flavors. Expect a fruity taste and great nutritional profile. Slice the grapes and oranges then add them to your container with a handful of fresh cranberries. Add ½ gallon cold water and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
Strawberry and Rhubarb
An English classic, strawberry and rhubarb are fantastic flavors and work together really well, giving an English garden flavor. Add 8 to 10 whole, fresh strawberries to a container along with a sliced stalk of rhubarb. Add ½ gallon cold water and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
If you’re looking for a tasty, refreshing beverage that will help you stay hydrated, try one of these fruit infused water recipes for fresh and fruity flavor!
Want to learn more about the benefits of including fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet? Check out our guide to the top five superfoods.