Tasty, Healthy, Low-Calorie Beverages
I wish I could remember who originally gave me these wonderful recipes for beverages, but I don’t. At least you know that I am not the original creator of most of these recipes. I’m just the grateful recipient, and am passing this along to you.
You can add a huge variety of different fruits, vegetables, and herbs to make water taste better.
Fill up a pitcher, toss in a combination of your favorite fresh produce, and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours as the longer it steeps, the more pronounced flavor. Enjoy a glass of water kissed with subtle flavors; healthy, refreshing, and flavorful! It’s that touch of extra that is actually good for you, tastes yummy, and doesn’t inflame your body with sugar or other bad ingredients.
For Cucumber Water: Add washed cucumbers and water in a beverage dispenser. Let steep for a few hours before serving. Just before serving, add ice to keep the water cool and refreshing.
For Lime Water: Add limes, mint, and water in a beverage dispenser. Let steep for a few hours before serving. Right before serving, add ice to keep the water cool and refreshing.
Create flavored water with any of the following ingredients.
- Pineapple and mint.
- Cantaloupe or honey dew melon.
- Kiwi and basil.
- Fresh ginger, mint, and fennel.
- Blackberry and lime.
- Strawberry and basil.
- Peach and rosemary.
Teas are a delicious addition to every cup of water. Tea is also medicinal, so bonus!
- Green tea, ginger tea, passionfruit tea, white tea
- Herbal teas blends: My FAVORITE blends ever are Yogi Teas – they taste delicious and offer a lot of herbs in a convenient bag.
- Sweeten tea with stevia extract or licorice root extract.
- Loose leaf options: Add licorice root to sweeten tea without sugar. Licorice root does not taste at all like black licorice. It is terrific for adrenal fatigue. (Avoid it if you have uncontrolled hypertension or kidney disease.) I combine loose licorice root with my yerba mate tea in a jar with hot water. After a few minutes of steeping, I then filter it out with this simple strainer.
- Try kombucha with chia or sliced berries.
- Drink bitters and seltzer. This is also helpful for heartburn.
- Coconut water.
Did I miss anything? What other low-calorie, healthy beverage ideas do you enjoy?