Infused Water

Because it is the first day of July I decided that I could indulge in posting another recipe! Besides, what is better than a great healthy indulgence such as infused water! And it is patriotic too! 

I always have a hard time remembering to drink enough water. I know how important it is to my body, but I just never think of getting a glass of water. When we were first dating, Limi was always surprised that I could serve dinner, pray, sit down to eat, and finish a meal without even thinking of putting drinks on the table. He is helping me change though. At least now I remember to get drinks at meal time. 

As part of my nutrition class, we had to look up ways to drink more water! I thought this was a very fitting challenge for me, so I took it to heart. One of the suggestions I found was to drink flavored water. In my mind, “water flavors” are either just extra ways to add sugar or calories, or they are a bad knock off of real fruit. Why not just add real fruit to your water and get all the good benefits! There are a lot of water-soluble vitamins in fruit, so when you put it in your water, you not only get flavoring but you get vitamins as well! Besides, then you have a little fruit to much on as you drink you water, getting extra fiber among other nutrients! Fruit infused water kills 2 (or 3 or maybe even 4) birds with one stone!

How about this patriotic fruit infused water… What could be better? Instead of serving  soda, or other nutrient-lacking drinks at your Independence Day party, how about a cooler of this! If you use a clear cooler, so that you can see the fruit, you also add some patriotic “decoration” to your table! But seriously, it’s July and it is hot outside, so we all need a little extra water any way. This is a great way to help you re-hydrate! 

Ingredients:

1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 small cucumber
4 cups cold water
Ice

Directions:

Wash the strawberries, blueberries and cucumber. Cut the strawberries into quarters and put them in a pitcher, with the blueberries. Lightly bruise the fruit with a wooden spoon.
Peel the cucumber. Cut the ends off. Using  paring knife, trace the shape of a star on one end, and then cut through the cucumber to make it star-shaped. If you have a small star-shaped cookie cutter, you can use this instead. Cut the cucumber star into pieces about 1/4-inch thick, and add them to the pitcher. 
Pour the water into the pitcher and put the pitcher in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes to let the fruit infuse into the water. Add ice just before serving.

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