Amber’s Infused Water Recipes

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Enjoy this post on Infused Water from Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Amber Parisie!

 

My daughter and I were getting ready to leave Gilroy Gardens today when I thought I’d see if she’d like a sweet treat for the road. Jumping on a rare proposition she said, “Yes, I’d love one”.

 

Amber's Infused Water

I say “rare” proposition because I rarely offer to buy her a sweet treat when we are out for two reasons: One, the portion size of many sweet treats are gigantic, and secondly the price. She excitedly chose cotton candy, which only came in one size-giant. I told her she could have half of the bag and save the other half for another day. By the time we got to the car she’d eaten about half of her piece for the day and to my pleasure said, “I’ve had enough. I’ll save the rest for another day too”. I had a very proud parent moment right then; the reason being I don’t offer her large sweet treats, sweet beverages or juice often. She eats a Halloween sized candy for a special treat sometimes and otherwise eats fresh fruits and drinks water, so to have something like a large piece of cotton candy is too sweet for her. Don’t get me wrong, she will eat candy at just about any chance she gets, but moderation with regard to sweet treats has been engrained in her, and too much is too sweet for her.

Instead of having juice or other sugar sweetened beverages Rylee only drinks milk and water. We do make infused water often, which eliminates “water boredom” and is a fun activity for both of us. It’s also extremely refreshing during these hot summer months. You can use whatever types of fruits and herbs you like, and here are some recipes for the really yummy ones. These are great for kids to help assemble because many of the herbs can just be washed and torn, and for an older child fruits like watermelon and strawberries can easily be cut with a butter knife so they can develop cooking skills at the same time. The finished product will be refreshing, delicious, beautiful, and low in sugar.
Each of these infused water recipes will make about 2 quarts. For each recipe, place the ingredients in a 2 quart jar (preferably a glass one so you can see the beautiful colors), top the ingredients with about 5 cups of ice, stir, cover, and refrigerate for about 2 hours. If you’re in the mood for something bubbly, use club soda instead of water.
Strawberry Basil Infused Water
• Tear 8 fresh basil leaves in order to release their flavor. Combine with 3 cups halved strawberries.
Peach Vanilla Infused Water
• Crush two vanilla beans with a wooden spoon and stir them into 6 pitted, sliced peaches.
Minty Watermelon Infused Water
• Scrunch 8 large mint leaves and combine with 5 cups watermelon chunks.
Ginger Pear Infused Water
• Stir together 10 thin slices of fresh ginger and 5 cored, sliced pears.
Kiwi Strawberry Infused Water
• Combine three thinly sliced kiwis, 3 cups halved strawberries, and two thinly sliced lemons.
Citrus Celebration Infused Water
• Combine two of each thinly sliced: lemons, limes, grapefruit, and oranges.
Cucumber Refresher Infused Water
• Scrunch 6 large mint leaves and combine with 2 thinly sliced cucumbers and 4 thinly sliced limes.
Apples and Cinnamon Infused Water
• Combine 4-5 cored and thinly sliced apples of your favorite variety with 5 whole cinnamon sticks.

EnJoY!

Read more nutrition advice from Amber:

 

Sugar Anyone?
Sugar Anyone?
Nutritious Lunch Ideas
Nutritious Lunch Ideas

 

 

 

 

55 Comments


  1. Oh my word those look sooooo refreshing! I will have to try some of those for sure.

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  2. Those look yummy. I love infusing my water with different fruits. It’s more delicious that way and I get to drink a lot.

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  3. I’ve definitely experienced water boredom before. These all sound so nice.

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  4. I love infused water. Watermelon sounds great

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  5. Thank you for sharing this, plain water can be boring but with fruits looks colorful this is the one that i need i am avoiding from soda

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    1. We try to avoid soda, too. Infused water makes a great replacement.

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  6. Infused water is perfect when you’re in the process of detoxifying. Thanks for the recipes! Greatly appreciated.

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  7. Water tastes so good with fruit in it. I love mine with lemon and also with blueberries or peaches.

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  8. I love fruit in water. It makes me drink more water.

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  9. Yum. These sound so great. I’ve been looking for ways to increase my water intake, and these will really help. Thank you!

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    1. It’s good to drink plenty of fluids! 🙂

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    1. They are enticing. 🙂

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  10. Minty Watermelon? I need to try that! It sounds wonderful! I love infused water.

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    1. It’s very refreshing.

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  11. Oh YUM! I’ve been experimenting with some of these but now I’ve got new recipes to try! 🙂

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    1. Let us know how it turns out for you. 🙂

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  12. I’ve been looking for some great healthy drinks for my daughter and I and these look yummy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Thanks, that’s one of my favorites.

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  13. I love infused water! Peach vanilla sounds absolutely delicious, I will have to try that one out for sure! So many great combinations you have put together! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party this week, I hope you will party with us again next week!

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  14. YUM – those look so good and refreshing!! Perfect for these warm months and staying hydrated while outdoors! 🙂

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  15. I’ll have to try these – especially the strawberry basil and ginger pear! Thanks for linking up at Talented Tuesday!

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  16. These sound so refreshing and delicious! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  17. Hi! Visiting from the Inspire Me Monday link party. These combos sound so great! I usually do cucumbers and mint for a super refreshing drink during summer. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. That is so my daughter! In fact when she’s had a tummy bug we’ve had a hard time giving her Pedialyte or flat Gingerale, as both are too sweet for her taste. I love the Ginger Pear recipe, both for tummy soothing and immune building, and because she already loves pear infused water so it will probably go well! Very glad I popped in for some awesome recipes from #PST!

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    1. Thanks! We hope you enjoy the Ginger Pear water.

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  19. I love these drink ideas!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  20. Some great flavor combinations on your infused water recipes! Definitely will add these into the mix! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  21. The strawberry basil one looks great (they all do but that’s the one that’s calling my name)! I’ll have to wait til the weather warms up a bit and then strawberry picking I’ll be going!

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  22. Oh I love infused water and can’t wait to try these, especially the strawberry basil! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. These are great! We only do milk and water too. My kids would love to try these, I’m sure. Bookmarking this!

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  24. What a great idea to make water more fun! My daughter only drinks water and milk usually as well, with some orange juice occasionally. I bet she would like these!

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  25. These are great! My husband sometimes makes infused water, and the kids are always begging for “water juice”. I guess when they call it “juice”, they think they’re drinking something super sugary.

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    1. I think that’s great if they are calling it juice. It makes it seem like a treat-which it is. 🙂

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  26. We love infused water too and make it by the pitcher full. We especially love any of the berry combinations ;)Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

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    1. Yes, and berries are so ripe and delicious this time of year. Thank you Carrie!

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  27. Water can be so boring. Love trying different ways to spice it up.Pinned!!

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    1. I agree Michelle. Thank you!

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  28. I love infused water so much, it is healthy, delicious, and so pretty! Thanks for some more ideas, I am definitely going to have to try the vanilla peach one, it sounds so yummy!

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  29. YUM!!! Thank you so much for sharing! I need to try some of these. 🙂 I’m sure I’d drink a lot more water!

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