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Cool as a Cucumber

It’s been a hot summer in Southern California: El Nino season is here and with it, tropical climates and 90*F beach days. As typical daily routines (like walking to the mailbox) can leave us glistening in a sweat beads, it’s important that we all make extra effort to hydrate. While guzzling cool water after a hot yoga class sounds easy to do, continuously sipping on water throughout the day to is not always as enticing. Let’s face it, regular water gets boring, so why not spice it up?

Healthy Benefits of Infusing your Water

-Because your water will have extra flavor, you’ll probably be more likely to drink more of it than just a boring glass of water.

-Cucumbers, lemons, berries and herbs will add minerals and vitamins (potassium, vit A, vit C, etc) to your water, helping to keep you nourished and hydrated.

-Drinking flavored water throughout the day can help curb appetite and make you more aware of what you put in your body

Infusing your water

I typically use a 2 Liter mason jar, but you can use a pitcher, bowl, glass, whatever you have. I do this at night so the water is infused over 8 hours for great flavor. I’ll pour it into smaller bottles that are easy to carry around throughout the day.

Cucumber & Basil Water

½ a cucumber

6-10 basil leaves

Slice your cucumbers thinly, no need to peel, just make sure you clean it first. Add your basil leaves. I don’t slice them up simply because I don’t want to drink the leaves. You could slice your leaves up to get the most flavor and strain before drinking. Once the cucumber and basil are in the jar, I use a spoon to muddle them before adding my water, this brings out the most flavor. Put in the fridge overnight and wake up to a refreshing glass of cucumber & basil water!

Berries & Mint Water

1 cup of your favorite berries
8-10 large mint leaves

Same procedure as the cucumber basil water. Raspberries are particularly good, but use any berries you love: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, or mix them all together. I don’t muddle the berries because their skin is much thinner than the cucumber, just soak over night!

Lemon & Rosemary Water

1/2 lemon
3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary

One of my favorites: lemon water is great but adding rosemary takes it to a new level! Add a few sprigs of rosemary to your water overnight. Because the leaves will likely detach, I typically strain the rosemary out before drinking. Keep it with you throughout the day and feel refreshed!




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