Not a fan of drinking water? I get it. Sometime the blandness of water can get you down and make it hard to drink, (especially when we live in a world of vast drink options).
When this happens, I have a few water substitutes that I go to and thought it would be useful to share. This is also really helpful for those who are looking to stay hydrated , especially during the summer months!
Water Infused with Fruit
Okay, adding fruit to your water may not add a TON of flavor, but you will notice a taste difference. There’s a never ending number of combinations that can be delicious for infusing water. Here are some suggestions:
- Strawberry, Blueberry and Lemon
- Orange and Lemon
- Orange and Blueberries
- Mint leaves and Cucumber
- Lemon and Cucumber (my personal favorite)
The combinations are endless! That’s what makes infusing water so fun! You can create whatever your taste buds are craving.
My suggestion is to add your fruit to your water then have it sit in the fridge for about two hours. I use mason jars and then cover it with the lid, while it’s in the fridge.
Wanna a little bit of a bubble vibe to your water?
Then sparkling water is the choice for you! Again, sometimes sparkling water doesn’t have a ton of flavor, but it’s makes drinking water feel like your consuming a soda.
Personally, I like the Sparkling Ice brand. It has zero calories and a lot of flavor! The cherry lime is my favorite and sometimes I drink it out of a wine glass, just to feel extra fancy!
Zero Calorie Sport Drinks
Drinks like Powerade or Gatorade. These drinks do contain a lot of sugar, so make sure to opt for the low calorie drink. While it’s not good to drink a lot of these all the time they do hydrate you and add additional sodium, if you’ve been sweating a lot.
Powder Mix Drinks
Drinks like Crystal Light and the like. There are a ton of different brands and flavors of this powdering substance that you can add to water.
These can be your best friend when backpacking or hiking. These are tabs that you add to a bottle of water and it replenishes your hydration and sodium intake. They also come in a variety of flavors. **Never put these tabs in your hiking bladder reservoir**
While all of these options make for great water substitutes, actual water is still the best and the healthiest. All of these other substitutes (besides the infused water) still have unnatural materials in them that could possibly harm your body in the long run.
So while it’s fine to have a substitute or two…don’t forget the real stuff is the best stuff!