Water is essential to life, this we know. It covers about 71% of the earth’s surface and can be found all over the place: in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even our own cells! And of course we all know we’re supposed to drink it en masse—eight cups a day, to be exact—but yet few of us actually do so. Why do you think that is?
Well I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, the struggle comes down to one simple fact: it doesn’t taste like anything! Don’t worry, I’m not under any illusions that water should taste like ice cream or birthday cake, but is it too much to ask for a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to tickle my taste buds while I sip? After years of struggling to meet the recommended daily intake, I recently decided to take my water-drinking habits to the next level by spicing it up with some different flavoring techniques. Here are the top 5 on my list—try them yourself and see how much of a difference they make!
1. Fresh lemon: There’s a reason this is the go-to option for restaurants! It’s simple: just cut up a lemon into eighths and add one or two pieces to your glass. You can either squeeze out the juice into the glass first to get the full sour flavor or put the pieces in whole for a milder taste. Don’t have fresh lemons on hand? A few quirts of lemon juice will also do the trick.
2. Cucumber slices: This one immediately brings to mind images of fancy spas and facials, but it’s also appropriate for you fancy gals at home! Simply slice 8-12 thin slices off of a regular cucumber, making sure to get them as thin as possible. Voila! All the amenities of an expensive spa package for less than $1.
3. Frozen fruit: This might be the simplest of all! Just add 1-2 tablespoons of frozen fruit to the drink to add a kick of flavor. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all great choices!
4. Frozen juice cubes: This one adds just a few calories to the beverage, but they’re well worth it! Pick your favorite juice flavor—mine is cranberry—and freeze it in ice cube trays. Then add a few cubes to your next glass of water! Not only do they add a bit of color to the drink, but as they melt, they’ll give off a hint of flavor while keeping the calorie and sugar content low.
5. Low-calorie drink mixes: There are mixed views on this topic because many drink mixes are made with sugar substitutes. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty on that subject just now, but for those who aren’t opposed, low-calorie mixes like Crystal Light are a great option!