Healthy Water Recipes aren’t sweet water, so they’ll be disappointing if that’s what you’re expecting. This is water with subtle flavors infused into it. Water with a little something extra. A touch of flavor–not an explosion of flavor–with little or no sweetness. You’ve probably had pitchers of ice water with lemon served at restaurants. This is the same idea, but with more variety. Many spas serve fancy waters like these, and it turns out that they couldn’t be simpler to make. And, they are oh-so-refreshing.

According to the National Resources Defense Council, 90 percent of what you pay for a bottle of water goes toward packing, shipping, and advertising; and many bottles wind up in landfills, where they might take thousands of years to decay. Plus: If you’re going to buy flavored waters, they could be bulked up with added colors, sugars, and other unhealthy agents. Skip the store, then, and mix these up yourself.

Some Healthy Water Recipes Are:

Jalapeno and Watermelon Water

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What better fruit to add to your water than watermelon? Not only does watermelon contain vitamins and minerals, it helps to flush out your system. Instead of eating it & making that juicy and sticky mess, just add a bit to your water to enjoy the full detoxing benefits. You need a couple of cups of chunked watermelon and about four cups of water. Place the watermelon in a large pitcher and cover with water. Allow it to steep in the fridge for a some hour before enjoying so that the flavor can infuse your water.

In zesty recipe from Food Network you’ll find juicy watermelon loaded with vitamins A and C, and spicy jalapeños containing capsaicin, which causes the body to release endorphins. That happiness hormone creates an revitalizing rush.

Apples and Cinnamon

Blogger Sarah’s Cool Stuff combines cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, and apples to flavor her healthy water recipes. “Skinny spice” cinnamon benefits lower blood sugar concentration and improves insulin sensitivity, while apples have been shown in studies to help a wide spectrum of ailments from staving off Alzheimer’s to caring against colon cancer.

Strawberries and Basil

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As summer arrives with it’s oppressive temperatures, beat the heat by staying well hydrated. Healthy Water Recipes are better beverage for staying hydrated, but plain water can get boring. Try this fun and healthy drink to stay well hydrated at the pool, in the backyard or wherever the summer takes you.

This pretty medley of strawberries and basil from A Beautiful Mess provides iron from the herb and vitamin C from the berries, which has been related to fighting cancer, keeping wrinkles at bay, and more.

Raspberry and Pineapple Chunk Ice Cubes

FullBellySisters makeover everyday ice cubes by freezing in raspberries and pineapples. You can also try the savory form: the bloggers recommend freezing olives in brine, and adding to a glass of seltzer.

Add a sprig of mint to the jar–you can throw in the entire sprig; or, remove the leaves from the sprig, if you prefer to have the mint swimming around and distributing in the jar. Mix-up the mint–the goal is to bruise the leaves and release their flavor–don’t thrash them into bits. Add pineapple fragments, press and twist with the muddler to release juices. Add ice to the top and then water. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.

Blueberries, Peach, Lemon, and Mint

This boosted mixture from cjudithwhite combines the antioxidant power of the fruit with energizing mint, a carotene-rich aromatic herb—like a yummy sangria without the booze.

This healthy water recipes is a bit more complicated than just adding some fruit to water. You need to make simple syrup from ¾ cup of sugar and 2 cups of water. Once that’s done, mix in ½ cup of blackberries and 2 peaches, sliced. You can also add a pair of cups of peach orchard juice to give it more of a peachy flavor. The blackberries in this have great antioxidant properties and peaches are great for helping to cleanse your systems from your colon to your digestive tract. Keep this in the fridge and enjoy it all day.

Lime Slices and Basil

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Blogger Olive Heart goes green, adding tart lime and fragrant basil to water, giving it a boost of vitamin C and iron.

Orange Slices and Vanilla Bean

Detoxinista hydrates with this simple healthy water recipes for orange and vanilla infused water. If you don’t have vanilla bean handy, you can substitute the pod with vanilla extract; both are naturally high in antioxidants.

Blackberries and Sage

Blackberries are brimming with fiber and heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats, while sage contains vitamin A and a variety of minerals like calcium and iron.

Cucumber Slices and Lemongrass

Transform a plain pitcher with this healthy water recipes for cucumber and lemongrass water from EatBoutique. Lemongrass is a key ingredient in Thai cuisine; if you can’t find it at the market in the produce division, see if you can find frozen stalks in the freezer aisle.

Peach Slices and Cayenne Pepper

No recipe required: Try fresh summer peaches with a spicy dash of cayenne pepper; it may benefit curb appetite and promote calorie burn.

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