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Infuse your water with fun

Published on October 09, 2018

Infuse your water with fun

Kimberly M. Dodds-Thompson, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator
CentraCare Diabetes Center

Infused waterDrink plenty of water. You hear it all of the time but drinking water can get a little monotonous. Try mixing in fruit and spices to make it tastier and healthier. I recommend using organic produce in your water.

Try some of these combinations or create one of your own:

Start with a pitcher of water and add:

  1. Apple cinnamon: A thinly sliced apple (without the seeds) and one cinnamon stick.
  2. Blueberry kiwi: A half cup of blueberries, two thinly sliced kiwis and three mint leaves.
  3. Cucumber mint: A thinly sliced cucumber (with the skin) and four mint leaves.
  4. Lemon cucumber: Half of a thinly sliced cucumber and one lemon.
  5. Lemon grapefruit: Half a cup of strawberries (cut in half), a thinly sliced lemon and a thinly sliced grapefruit.
  6. Orange blueberry: Half a cup of blueberries and a thinly sliced orange.
  7. Raspberry lemon: Half a cup of raspberries, a thinly sliced lemon and three mint leaves.
  8. Strawberry kiwi: One cup of strawberries (cut in half) and one thinly sliced kiwi.
  9. Strawberry lemon basil: One cup of strawberries (cut in half), a thinly sliced lemon and five basil leaves.
  10. Strawberry mint: One cup of strawberries (cut in half) and four mint leaves.
  11. Watermelon mint: One cup of cubed watermelon and four to six mint leaves.

Health benefits by ingredient

  • Apples: Antioxidants, fiber and iron
  • Basil: Antioxidants, vitamin K and A
  • Blueberries: Antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6
  • Cinnamon: Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory
  • Cucumber: Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory
  • Grapefruit: Fiber, potassium, lycopene and vitamin C
  • Kiwi: Vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, potassium, antioxidants and fiber
  • Lemons: Antioxidants and vitamin C
  • Limes: Antioxidants and vitamin C
  • Mint: Promotes digestion and relieves fatigue
  • Oranges: Vitamin C
  • Raspberries: Antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc
  • Strawberries: Vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber
  • Watermelon: Antioxidants, vitamin C and lycopene

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Kimberly Dodds Thompson

Kimberly M. Dodds-Thompson
Registered Dietitian
Certified Diabetes Educator
CentraCare Diabetes Center
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