Have you tried cucumber mint water?
My husband loves soda. Like, REALLY loves soda. But he’s been trying to drink more water. He knows it’s better for him and will keep him hydrated and is what the experts say he should drink and so on. But does that mean he wants to drink water? Not really.
He’s the type of guy that drinks an Arnold Palmer and goes, “Well, lemonade and tea are both made with water, so technically I’m drinking water.” Technically speaking, he may be right. But the extra sugars
probably definitely cancel out the health benefits. His biggest complaint about drinking water is that it has no taste.
Since my herb growth has been on fire (woot! woot!), I decided to put a fresh spin on our water intake. Surely, my mint leaves can’t be just for yummy mojitos. Add in some cucumber slices (along with some citrus if you’re so inclined) and my husband is drinking water all the time!
This is how I make Cucumber Mint Water:
Clean your fresh mint leaves under water then muddle them to release their flavor using a mortar and pestle, mash with a wooden spoon in your water pitcher, or by just ripping the leaves once or twice and then dropping into the pitcher. Not adding them whole releases their yummy goodness.
Peel away the skin from a cucumber, slice thinly, and add to the pitcher as much as you wish. I used about a 1/3 of a large cucumber (give or take the slices me and my toddler munched on!).
Add filtered water to your pitcher and let sit in the fridge for 15 minutes or more. The flavor will intensify the longer it sits. Enjoy! You’ll find the flavor refreshing and delicious!
Not only will this water keep you hydrated, but you’ll be receiving vitamins and minerals from the vegetables and fruits, like your alphabet vitamins (A, B, and C) and Potassium. Since cucumbers contain silica, you’ll also be getting nutrients that benefit your skin. Many researchers claim that drinking this combination helps to reduce inflammation, detoxify your body, and boost your immune system.
Try adding fresh lime or lemon slices for added health benefts! My husband LOVES his cucumber mint water with lemon, but I’m more of a lime kind of girl. Play around with different fruits, vegetables, and herbs to infuse your water with different flavors. Mash berries into your cup or pitcher to release their flavors or just drop them in whole. Give rosemary or lavender a chance. Cheers!
Let me know what you do to enhance your water intake by leaving a comment below!