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8 Infused Water Recipes to Upgrade Your H2O

Drink More Water....Without Even Realizing!

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Everyone knows they need to drink more water, but glass after glass of plain ole’ H2O can get boring. Flavored water alternatives, though, may not be worth it: There’s little or no benefit from nutrient additions to vitamin waters, energy drinks, and juices, according to a new study from the University of Toronto and Ryerson University in Canada. And since almost all of these boosted beverages have added sugar, you could actually be harming your health. (They're also mentioned in The Worst Drinks for Your Body.)

If you get bored of water, there’s a better way to quench your thirst: Infused waters can upgrade the flavor without any nutritional drawbacks. You just let fruit and herbs sit in water for a few hours and voila! A delicious, healthy alternative to water. To prove it, we've got 8 delicious fruit and herb combinations.

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Berry, Peach & Coconut

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Ingredients:
1 cup organic blueberries
1 cup organic blackberries
2 doughnut peaches, pitted and cut into half-inch wedges
6 cups spring or filtered water
2 cups unsweetened organic coconut water
1 gallon clean glass jar with lid

Directions:
1. Place blueberries and blackberries into the bottom of your jar, then the peach slices on top.
2. Pour the spring water and coconut water into the jar. Stir the water, cover with a lid and put water into the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight for the best flavor. Drink within two days.

Makes 64 ounces

Recipe provided by A Harmony Healing

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Kiwi Cocktail

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Ingredients:
3-4 ripe kiwis, peeled and thinly sliced (or crushed for more flavor)
2 quarts filtered or spring water

Directions:
1. Add the sliced kiwis to a 64-ounce Mason jar or pitcher.
2. Add the filtered water.
3. Refrigerate until cold and enjoy.

Recipe provided by Define Bottle

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Strawberry, Basil & Cucumber

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Ingredients:
3 basil leaves roughly chopped
1 strawberry sliced
3-5 slices of cucumber
Ice
Water

Directions:
Combine all the ingredients in a large glass, and let sit for at least 5 minutes before enjoying.

Recipe provided by Budget Savvy Diva

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Raspberry Lemon

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Ingredients:
2 cups organic raspberries
8 cups spring or filtered water
1 large organic lemon, cut into half-inch slices
2 dried Medjool dates
1 gallon clean glass jar with lid

Directions
1. Place raspberries into the bottom of your jar. Add the dates, then layer the lemon slices on top. Pour water into jar and place lid on top.
2. Place water into the refrigerator and let infuse for 1 hour.

Recipe provided by A Harmony Healing

(Want a healthy happy hour drink? Try one of The Best Low-Calorie Cocktails for Every Spirit.)

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Mixed Melon Melody

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Ingredients:
1 cup cantaloupe pieces
1 cup watermelon pieces
1 cup honeydew pieces
2 quarts filtered or spring water

Directions:
1. Add your melons to a 64-ounce Mason jar or pitcher.
2. Pour the water over top and chill. Serve over ice.

Recipe provided by Define Bottle

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Orange, Strawberry & Mint

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Ingredients:
1/4 cup fresh mint 
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
16 ounces filtered water

Directions
1. Place all fruits and herbs into the mason jar.
2. Fill to top with water.
3. Seal mason jar tightly and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. 

Recipe provided by Eat, Drink, Shop, Love

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Pineapple Ginger Delight

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Ingredients:
1 cup fresh pineapple pieces (crushed for more a sweeter taste)
1-inch piece ginger, thinly sliced
2 quarts filtered or spring water

Directions:
1. Add the pineapple and ginger to a 64-ounce Mason jar or pitcher.
2. Pour the water over top and refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice.

Recipe provided by Define Bottle

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Cucumber Lavender Mixer

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Ingredients:
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender, or 2 fresh lavender sprigs
2 quarts filtered or spring water

Directions:
1. Add the cucumbers and lavender to a 64-ounce Mason jar or pitcher.
2. Add the filtered water. If using dried lavender, strain before serving.
3. Refrigerate until cold and enjoy.

Recipe provided by Define Bottle

(Can't get enough of herb-infused drinks? Check out these 10 Tasty Herb Cocktails.)

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