Here’s How to Love the Taste of Water
Flavor water naturally and deliciously. These fruit, veggie and herb combinations will change your mind about water being boring.
Nearly every beverage is more inviting than plain water. Boring, tasteless, and yuk are some of the descriptors I hear. Sometimes (okay, maybe often), I don’t want plain water either. I don’t think plain water is yuk, but it lacks pizazz. Lately, I’m in need of pizazz. You too?
Water is nature’s perfect drink.
At least 50% of your body is water. You need water to cool you, shuttle nutrients throughout your body and to lubricate. Imagine how hard it would be to swallow peanut butter (my favorite on toast or simply a spoon 😋) if our salivary glands didn’t produce enough saliva. Saliva is largely water!
What’s plain water got over other beverages?
- Zero calories
- Zero carbs
- Zero saturated fats
Over the years, I’ve watched countless clients better manage their weight, diabetes, and energy levels when they ditched sugary drinks. I’ve worked with people who are shocked at the difference one change can make.
But plain water does have that dull factor.Stay on track all year. Get your free copy of recommended tests and appointments for people with diabetes.
Allow me to rescue you from boring plain water.
Flavor water naturally & deliciously
Jazz up water with your favorite flavors. Here are some of my favorite ways to flavor water naturally. Just know that you’re limited only by your creativity.
- Cucumber slices and mint
- Cucumber slices and lavender
- Orange slices or orange and lemon slices
- Lemon slices and grated ginger root
- Blackberries, lime slices and mint
- Pineapple cubes and orange slices
- Peach slices and basil
- Blueberries and strawberries
- Orange and kiwi slices
- Strawberry and lime slices with rosemary (my fave). Look at the photo above. Isn’t that pink color so inviting?
Some of these flavor combinations taste bright and refreshing within just a few minutes. Citrus fruits are good for fast flavor. Others will need to sit in the refrigerator for several hours to deliver their best taste.
Pro tip #1: You do not need a special water bottle or pitcher. They’re nice to have, but not necessary.
Pro tip #2: Before adding herbs like basil or mint, gently crush them in your hand to release their flavors.
Other ways to enjoy water
- Experiment with sparkling water. Either add your own flavors or buy zero-calorie sparkling water in the supermarket. I know it’s not possible to be addicted to sparkling water, but I do have a strong drive to drink LaCroix tangerine and grapefruit flavors rather regularly. In the picture above, I added diced watermelon and fresh mint to watermelon-flavored sparkling water. I felt like I was treating myself to something extravagant.
- Sip tea. Yes, both hot and iced tea count as water. And tea is a great way to flavor water naturally. Even if it has caffeine. Here’s how to brew the perfect cup.
- Worry less. Coffee, milk and even food (rice is made with water) count toward your body’s fluid needs.
Cheers to finding new ways to flavor water naturally! Your body will thank you, and your tastebuds will say YES! to pizazz.
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I'm Jill, and I believe simple changes in your mindset and health habits can bring life-changing rewards. And I don't believe in willpower. It's waaaay overrated. As a food-loving registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and certified health and wellness coach, I've helped thousands of people solve their food and nutrition problems. If you're looking for a better way to master this whole healthy eating/healthy living thing or if you're trying to prevent or manage diabetes or heart problems, you'll find plenty of resources right here.
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Hi there! I'm Jill, a nutrition & diabetes expert and the author of 4 books.
I believe simple changes in health habits can bring you life-changing rewards.
And I believe willpower is way overrated.
Right here is where you can discover the mindset and habits to stick with healthy lifestyle choices most of the time - and drop the guilt when you don't.