It can be hard to hit a benchmark of water intake when you’re drinking plain tap water glass after glass. Instead, why not think more creatively about ways to consume the perfect amount of water? Flavored water has become an increasingly popular alternative to sugary drinks in recent years. But is it healthy, and how can you make it at home?
Is Flavored Water Healthy?
When making and drinking flavored water, we naturally want to ensure we aren’t adding sugars or chemicals. Depending on the ingredients you use to flavor your water, the nutritional quality can differ.
If the flavored water is made with natural fruit flavorings or essences, for example, then it can be a healthy and refreshing option for hydration. These types of flavored waters are typically low in calories and can provide a burst of flavor without the added sugars and artificial sweeteners found in many other beverages. Some flavored waters on the market, though, contain added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or other additives that can be harmful to your health if consumed in large amounts. It's key to read the labels carefully and choose flavor combinations that are free of added sugars and artificial sweeteners to ensure that you are making a healthy beverage choice.
While alternate beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are an option, they contain unnecessary added sugars that can do more harm than good. Instead, infuse your water at home with your favorite fruits, veggies, and herbs to add a flavorful finish without any unwanted additives.
Below, we break down a few of our favorite combos.
Mint, Cucumber & Lemon
If you want to feel like you’ve instantly been transported to a relaxing spa, this infusion is an amazing option. The bright citrus flavors of lemon will energize and invigorate, while the fresh and herbaceous notes from cucumber and mint offer a calming and soothing finish. Besides tasting delicious, lemon is also an excellent source of vitamin C and helps minimize inflammation, and mint is high in iron, vitamin A, and antioxidants. That way, you’ll not only stay hydrated but also supply your body with vital vitamins and nutrients throughout the day.
Orange, Pineapple & Mango
With this flavor combo, a tropical oasis is only a few sips away. These vibrant flavors recall days spent at the beach and will make you excited to stay hydrated. Filled with vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, these fruits are a flavorful alternative to sugary beverages like soda or sports drinks. If you’re still seeking the bubbly satisfaction you’d get with a cold Coke, try subbing still water for your favorite seltzer. The HidrateSpark PRO Tumbler, the world’s smartest tumbler, is ideal for those sipping carbonated beverages like seltzer. The refreshing carbonation will make this drink feel even more like an indulgence—all while keeping things low-cal and added-sugar free.
Ginger, Lemon, Cayenne & Tumeric
If you’re feeling under the weather or your gut needs a reset, look no further than this health-conscious combination. Perfect for infusing in both hot and cold water, these ingredients are known for their health benefits—and for good reason. Ginger, lemon, and turmeric all help combat inflammation throughout the body, helping you recover faster and feel your best. Ginger and cayenne are also filled with antioxidants. Cayenne even delivers 15% of your daily vitamin A in a single teaspoon, in addition to adding a spicy kick to your hydrating concoction.
Apple, Pear & Cinnamon Sticks
This cozy combination is like Fall in a cup. This apple pie-inspired infusion features powerful, antioxidant-filled ingredients to protect against damage from free radicals and help reduce inflammation. Apples and pears are also rich in fiber, which can help lower the risk of many conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Try this infusion in cold water for a refreshing, subtle flavor, or opt for hot water to create a tea-like creation that will keep you warm and comfortable—and help curb sugar cravings—all day long.
Grapefruit, Lemon & Rosemary
Don’t overlook herbs as a way to upgrade your favorite infusions. Rosemary has a fragrant, evergreen-like flavor and aroma that adds an earthy, herbaceous element to your beverage. It’s also proven to help reduce stress, improve memory, and is an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals. Pairing rosemary with citruses like grapefruit and lemon provides a bright contrast and amps up the vitamin C and immunity-boosting benefits of your daily water. Try muddling the fruit before you add it to your HidrateSpark Pro Tumbler for even more flavor intensity.
Any of these flavorful combos can help you up your water intake so you’re well on your way to healthy hydration. You can even try experimenting with your favorite ingredients to invent your own combos. But if you’re still struggling to hit the recommended number of glasses per day, a HidrateSpark bottle can help remind you when it’s time to drink. The smart design even tracks your intake and syncs to your phone to make the entire process even simpler.
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