How To Make Water More Interesting

My first post earlier this week was about how it’s so important to stay hydrated. Many of my clients are drinking lots of soda, coffee and energy drinks when they start coaching with me. While these beverages may taste good, they offer very little hydration. In fact, they can actually add to dehydration. Most flavored “waters” like Vitamin water are filled with chemicals and food coloring, making those a less than ideal option as well. So what do I recommend for my clients who need a little flavor in their beverage without the calories and junk? Infused waters!

Infusion is a great way to add a little flavor to your water and encourage an increase in water intake. This is especially great for children who struggle with drinking water.  You can create your own flavor combos with your favorite fruits and vegetables, or find recipes to follow online. Make sure you are drinking AT LEAST 8 glasses of water a day, if not more! With so many great ways to make water more interesting, there’s no excuse!

Some of my favorite flavor combos are:

  • Cucumber & Mint
  • Grapefruit & Rosemary
  • Grape & Orange
  • Raspberry & Lemon
  • Grape, Strawberry & Lime

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Condiments Can Be Your Friends!

Create a condiment tray for your table so that you and your family can personalize every meal. Rotating trays, often called Lazy Susans, are perfect for making condiments visible and accessible.

Here are some recommended condiments worthy of experimentation. Feel free to add your favorites and fill in the blanks, and please use organic whenever possible. Look for those with minimal ingredients, additives, and processing.

 Basic Spices

·       cinnamon

·       turmeric

·       ginger

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 Peppers

·       black pepper in grinder

·       cayenne

·       paprika

·       ______________

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 Salts

·       gomasio

·       Herbamare

·       sea salt

·       ______________

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 Nuts and Seeds

·       nut butters: tahini, almond

·       nuts: pine, cashew

·       seeds: pumpkin, flax

·       ______________

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 Sweeteners

·       agave nectar

·       honey

·       Stevia

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 Oils

·       coconut oil

·       flaxseed oil

·       toasted sesame oil

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 Vinegars

·       apple cider vinegar

·       umeboshi vinegar

·       balsamic vinegar

·       ______________

·       ______________

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 Sauces

·       tamari soy sauce

·       hot sauces

·       pesto

·       ______________

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 Miscellaneous

·       sea vegetables

·       nutritional yeast

·       ketchup

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