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Getting Bored With Plain Water?

July 27, 2012

I don’t know about your friends and loved ones, but my husband rarely drinks enough water. He says he doesn’t have time at work. I say that if I have time when I am running around a school building at breakneck speed most of the day, he should probably have time while he is sitting at his desk. He says “Touche.” :)

But there is another obstacle for David, an understandable one, which is that plain water can get boring. Most flavored drinks or stir-in packets come with sugar, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, additives, unnecessary calories, and plastic packaging though. I don’t feel good about stocking up on them for regular use.

So, here are my best ideas at this point. If you have other suggestions, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section!

1. We do sparking water sometimes, but I think carbonation might be better in moderation rather than as an all-day, everyday solution.

2. I like the idea of fruit and herb spa-style waters, especially in the summer when so many fresh fruits and herbs are available.

3. Currently my main strategy is brewing pitchers of herbal iced tea. Celestial Seasonings is an easy choice because they are available in my grocery store, have several fruity varieties, and don’t wrap their tea bags individually so I can pop them straight into the iced tea maker. If you want something a little more sophisticated, I also think the Republic of Tea hibiscus flavors are great iced, and of course Teavana has incredible loose-leaf options.

Remember that you can brew one flavor at a time, or combine different flavors together. For example, once I saw the Barefoot Contessa make a pitcher using half Lemon Zinger and half Red Zinger tea bags. Those two varieties are not exactly my “cup of tea,” but you get the idea. Teavana mixes flavors all the time for samples in their stores and the combinations are amazing.

I registered for an ice tea maker when we got married, and though it seems like one of those “single purpose” wasteful kitchen items, I have never regretted it. Of course that gadget is not necessary, though! I have also been known to steep 8 tea bags in my 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, then pour it into a pitcher with 4 cups of fresh water. My friend Kim steeps a bunch of tea bags right in her morning mug, then balances out that concentrated brew with fresh water in a pitcher. You can experiment with brewing more than 1 bag per cup of water if you like a stronger flavor, too.

Of course, fruit slices or mint springs are welcome additions to your pitcher. You may want to take any citrus fruits out if you store the pitcher overnight though, because sometimes their flavor can get really overpowering with time.

Good luck keeping those reluctant water drinkers in your life hydrated this summer!

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Gay Katilius July 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Great ideas, Sharon! I have also tried putting watermelon into my icewater, and cucumbers. The watermelon can get a little ‘mushy’, though. Thin slices of cucumber in ice water are very refreshing.

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Sharon July 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Yum, good ideas! I love cucumbers. I will put some in my water and make slices out of the rest for Davey to eat with lunch or dinner, to squeeze some extra veggies into his day along with the water. :) Thank you, Gay!

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Our Kitchen Inventions July 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Looks totally refreshing! We love to brew tea, add some honey or agave nectar and some fresh fruit (once it cools). Takes the place of plain old water any day!

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