Isn’t it incredible how something as simple as naturally flavored water can have some extraordinary benefits, such as controlling appetite, improving mood, and enhancing energy? This everyday beverage is also helpful for keeping our bodies at a healthy temperature, which is especially useful during these hot, summer months.
Consuming plenty of fluids doesn’t have to be a bore either. There are countless of ways to spice up plain ol’ water, such as naturally infusing it with fresh fruits and herbs. One of my go-to favorites is a refreshing combination of fresh cucumber, mint, and lime flavored water.
Mint – This well-known breath freshener is very soothing for the gut and may be able to help relieve undesirable GI issues, such as bloating and indigestion. Mint is also rich in antioxidants and research suggest it may aid in curbing appetite as well.
Lime – These gorgeous fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C. They also contain unique phytonutrients, such as flavonol, glycosides, and limonoids which have powerful protective and antibiotic qualities.
Cucumber – This rehydrating fruit is ultra refreshing and adding it to water provides an infusion of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, iron, calcium, and potassium.
Fresh Cucumber, Mint, & Lime Naturally Flavored Water
Makes 1 pitcher (8 cups of infused water)
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
2 sprigs mint (about 8-10 leaves)
8 cups water
Add the cucumber and lime to a large pitcher. Muddle or tear the mint leaves to help release the flavor and add to the pitcher. Add water, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to infuse the water before serving and enjoy your naturally flavored water.