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Two Ways To Make Your Own Delicious Infused Water

Obviously, everyone knows that drinking water is one of the best things you can do to stay hydrated. But so many of my clients tell me that they don’t drink enough water because it’s “boring.” And many flavored waters on store shelves have unnecessary hidden sugars. That’s why I suggest making your own fruit infused water, no sugar added water. Here’s two infused water recipes that take no time to follow.

Concord Grape Flavored Water

Makes 3-4 glasses of water

Ingredients

8-ounce bottle of Welch’s 100% Grape Juice

40 ounces Water

Handful of mint leaves (optional)

Directions

This recipe is just as simple as filling up an ice cube tray…literally. Pour the contents of an 8-ounce bottle of Welch’s 100% Grape Juice into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 2 hours. When you’re ready for your Concord grape flavored water, place 4-5 ice cubes in a glass and fill with water. Garnish with a few mint leaves.

Benefits: The ice cubes will naturally flavor the water, and each 8-oz. glass of Welch’s 100% Grape Juice counts as two servings of fruit with no added sugar. Plus, it contains 250 milligrams of natural grape polyphenols and tons of vitamin C. And, as an added bonus for runners, research shows that 100% Concord grape juice helps improve blood flow to working muscles. So not only are you hydrating, but you’re also providing your body with an extra boost of nutrients.

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Strawberry Cucumber Mint Infused Water 

Makes 3-4 glasses

Ingredients

1 small cucumber, sliced

5-6 strawberries, sliced

3 sprigs of mint

40 ounces water

Directions

In a large pitcher or mason jar, place the cucumber, strawberries, mint sprigs and water. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The water should taste like a mixture of the 3 ingredients and will stay for 2-3 days. The longer it infuses, the stronger the taste.

Benefits: Not only is the infused water completely devoid of added sugars, but it also now contains vitamin C and antioxidants from the fruit and mint. You can put it in your hydration belt and sip on a nice refreshing flavored water during your hot summer run.

Natalie Rizzo

Natalie Rizzo

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian and nutrition communications expert, specializing in sports nutrition. Natalie has written for many food and nutrition publications, such as Eating Well, Spright and Food & Nutrition Magazine, and she has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health and Men’s Health. Natalie received her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. When she’s not writing, she’s creating delicious recipes, running and helping other runners reach their peak potential through food. To learn more about Natalie and read about sports nutrition topics, visit her blog, Nutrition à la Natalie or follow her on Twitter.