Sure, you know that you are supposed to drink water and that it is one of the building blocks of life. However, it is easy to skip over water and go straight for more flavorful options. Water does not have to be boring. Here are a few ways to add a little flavor to your water bottle.
Most people think you need hot water in order for a tea bag to work. However, that is really just a common misconception. The hot water does release the flavor from the tea bag more quickly than cold water does, but you can still flavor cold water with a tea bag. You just need to triple the amount of time that the tea bag needs to steep. So if the tea says it needs to steep for 2 - 4 minutes, you will want to let it sit in cold water for 6 – 12 minutes in order to get that real tea flavor.
A real simple way to add a little flavor to your water is by adding a few slices of fruit into your bottle. Slice some fruit that you have laying around and throw it into your water bottle for a natural flavor infusion. All of the following fruits are great complements to your water:
Just wash the fruit, slice it up and throw it into your bottle! You can even add a mixture of fruit to your water bottle for a true fruit infusion.
This may seem like an usual add on, but it really does taste great in water. Apple vinegar gives water an almost sour taste, similar to the taste you get when you add in lemons or limes. You only need a few drops to achieve this effect.
All those water bottles that claim to contain fancy electrolytes really just have salt in them. The ions in regular table salt contain electrolytes. A little dash of salt will give you the effect of electrolyte water. This is a great add in if you are working out and need your body to absorb water quickly. Just don't go overboard, a little dash will do.
The next time you are thirsty, don't order a soda. If you are eating out at a place like Alfa Greco Roman Cuisine, order a water with your meal and see if they can infuse some flavor into the water. If you are at home, try creating one of these water infusion flavors on your own.