Sit down at a restaurant, any restaurant, and ask the server what your beverages options are. No matter where you are in America, you’re likely to be presented with a list of five to seven options all of which will be soft drinks. Yes, even the lemonade and sweetened iced tea that they throw in at the end. It’s no wonder than that so many people in this country struggle with soft drink addiction. If you feel like you can’t live without these sugary drinks, we’re here to tell you that quitting is possible, and fruit flavored water can make it easier.
Before we explore some of the delicious ways fruit infused water can help you kick the soda habit, let’s clarify why exactly it’s necessary to limit their consumption. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “People who consume sugary drinks regularly—1 to 2 cans a day or more—have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely have such drinks.” Additionally, “A study that followed 40,000 men for two decades found that those who averaged one can of a sugary beverage per day had a 20% higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed sugary drinks. A related study in women found a similar sugary beverage–heart disease link.” Scared yet? Good. Now let’s talk about some ways to flavor water that can help you kick soft drinks to the curb!
Strawberry, Lemon, & Basil
Add four sliced up strawberries, two lemon slices, and a few fresh basil leaves to your Define bottle for a hydrating beverage that’s got just the right amount of sweet and sour.
Watermelon & Mint
When watermelons come into season during the summer, be sure to remember this recipe! A couple of watermelon chunks with a few sprigs of fresh mint will sooth your sweet tooth without dehydrating you.
Kiwi & Cucumber
There’s a reason that spas and salons put cucumbers in their water. They have cancer-fighting properties and contain silica which is good for skin and hair. Added into your water with a few chunks of the kiwifruit is a delicious treat!
Cantaloupe With Honey & Mint
This is another one for people who fear sugar cravings that can result from reduced or eliminated soda consumption. Cantaloupe, when ripe, are naturally very sweet, and with a touch of honey plus the refreshing nature of mint it is a recipe for greatness!
Honey Dew With Coconut Water
Really want to double up on the nutritional benefits of water with fruit in it? Instead of using plain tap water or purified spring water, try coconut water! Mix in a few chunks of honeydew melon for a tropical treat that makes you feel like you’re at the beach.Hopefully this post has helped you to see that soft drinks not only fail to quench your thirst, they also put you at risk for a whole host of dangerous health conditions. With the help of the Define Bottle, however, you can make affordable fruit flavored water that tastes just as good!