The Water Infuser Trend
You may have noticed an increasing trend over the past few years or so, reusable water bottles and infuser bottles have exploded in popularity, it has almost become the latest fashion accessory. The water bottle is now seen much further afield than the gym, it is now generally taken everywhere from the commute to work to walking the dog.
With everyone now more aware of the impact that one use plastics have on the environment, the rise in reusable bottles have risen rapidly. As a result, a growing trend of carrying a water bottle around has taken off, which is great for the planet and great for our health as we are consuming more water.
How Infused Water Works
There are some health benefits to drinking infused water. Not only is it incredibly refreshing, because of adding fruit, it contains vitamins and ensures that you have your daily recommended intake of water, keeping you hydrated all day long.
You can infuse water in mason jars, pitchers and reusable water bottles. Infuser bottles sometimes come with a central fruit infuser, which you fill with your favourite fruits, herbs. even teabags. Infusing water with fruit makes drinking water more enjoyable, because not only does the water taste better it is more visually appealing.
Gem Newz say, “Fruit infused water can be easily prepared, by just chopping fruits and tossing them inside the bottle. Drinking fruit infused water is an easy way to increase water intake. Infused water, also known as fruit flavoured water or detox water, is packed with flavour and provides a range of health benefits. Infused water can be a healthy combination of almost any vegetable, fruit, or herb, immersed in tea or water.”
Making Your Own Infused Water
Making infused water is so easy. All you will need is a food safe container, such as a bottle or jar, some fruit, maybe some herbs. Prepare you fruit; some fruits like apples, strawberries and citrus fruits are better sliced, chopped or crushed, other smaller fruits such as blueberries and raspberries are better left whole.
Once your fruit is prepared, toss them into the container and add water. This can be tap water, spring water, mineral water or filtered water. You then stir your infusion, pressing the fruit with the back of the spoon if you wish to speed up the process.
The longer the fruit is left, the more flavour and vitamins you have in your water. It’s a good idea to make your infusion before you go to bed – so that it sits overnight for the best flavour.
Only use cold water to make your infusions, as hot water can break down the fruit, changing the flavour You can experiment with mixing different ingredients, to find out what combinations make the best flavours. There are recipes online to give you some ideas and inspiration. Water infusions are fun to make and a great activity to do with children, encouraging them to drink more water.