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Best Infused Water Recipes

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We just got back from Bali 2 weeks ago, all of us at least 5 shades tanner and I thought we would be in better hands. As it turns out, the weather in Singapore is rather unforgiving as well. It is the hottest time of the year and here’s sharing with you my favourite ways to stay hydrated this season — infused water!

I’m sure I don’t have to go into the many health benefits that fruits provide, but how many of us actually bother incorporating fruits into our diet? Infusing fruits in water kills two birds with one stone. You stay hydrated while packing in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. All it takes is less than 5 minutes to prepare your very own infused water! It is not only a healthier alternative than buying vitamin-waters off the supermarket shelves, but you know what goes into each and every glass and get to customise them to your liking!

There are so many fruit combinations you can experiment with, and I assure you, you’ll never get bored of one flavour! Those with a sweet tooth or abhors drinking plain water will find their palates satisfied with these flavourful and naturally sweet infused waters.

Before you start, you will need some pitchers (or large glasses), a knife and a board, fruits and of course most importantly – water. We use water that is filtered through our 3M™ dispenser. The 3M™ dispenser has been such a God-sent machine. It has taken away all the hassle of boiling, cooling and storing water for us. On top of that, it ensures that our water is cleaner and better tasting!

· What you need ·
Mint leaves
1/3 cucumber
5-6 strawberries
3-4 limes
Water

· How to ·
Slice the cucumber, strawberries and limes. Layer them in a pitcher and top them off with a few mint leaves. Simply fill it up with water and let it sit for 15 minutes. Voila!

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This combination is great for all those who crave a little Mojito in this sweltering heat but maybe it’s too early in the day to be getting that alcohol fix. It’s slightly sweet but also minty and refreshing. A guaranteed kids’ favourite!

· What you need ·
1/2 grapefruit
1/2 orange
1/3 cucumber
Water

· How to ·
Throw the grapefruit, orange and cucumber slices together into a pitcher. Then in goes the water! All the way to the brim.

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Grapefruits, oranges and cucumbers all contain a high amount of water. Cucumbers help to flush out toxins from the body and leave you feeling refreshed while grapefruits help to increase the body’s metabolic rate and aid in bowel movement. But most of all, grapefruits and oranges belong to the citrus family and that means a high amount of vitamin Cs. A great thirst quencher for one of those warmer days!

· What you need ·
Mint leaves
12-15 raspberries
3/4 lemon
Water

· How to ·
Top the lemon slices with raspberries and mint leaves. Fill pitcher with water and let the fruits work its magic!

Oh raspberries. Where do we start? They contain a cancer-preventing compound and are anti-inflammatory. This sweet and tart combination tastes just like lemonade! You have to try it for yourself.

Tip: If you’re not straining your water before drinking, don’t remove the mint leaves from its stem. And mash up the raspberries for a stronger berry flavour! This also gives your infused water a pink tinge, and will definitely be a crowd pleaser.

· What you need ·
1/2 grapefruit
1 lemon
6-7 limes
Water

· How to ·
Slice, slice, slice. Layer all the slices in a pitcher and fill it up with water! It’s as simple as that.

The post-holiday bloat is real. It’s Confessions of a Shopaholic Foodie time — we feasted all the way in Bali. How could we possibly resist, when all the food looked so appetising? This concoction has been my favourite, since we’ve been back, for detoxifying.

Lemons and limes are great for your metabolism, digestion and cleansing your tracts, while grapefruits help to burn fat. All three fruits also come together to give you an instant vitamin boost!

There you go — 4 very simple recipes that you can try anytime or even whip out at your next gathering to impress your friends!

Note: Chill your infused waters in the refrigerator for as long as you’d like before enjoying it. But don’t forget to consume them as soon as you can (preferably within 24 hours) so that you get the most out of your infused waters!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these recipes, or have any other recipes to share. I’d love to know!

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