photo credit: wwarby
Since I was a young adult and started with my first “diet” one thing that was constantly drilled into my head aside from the obvious that eating cake and cookies are a big no no on a “diet” was drink water… And somewhere along the way drinking 8 glasses of water a day became a hard rule with dieting. However, it is not only when we are looking to trim down that we should be thinking about drinking water.
According to the Mayo Clinic’s website when asked; “How much should you drink every day?”
It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.
Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.
So the long and short of it is that your body is a pretty good at letting you know when we need a drink. Are you thirsty? It is probably obvious on summer day when you are sweating in the 90 degree heat you are going to get thirsty.
Ellie Krieger RD shared this in Fine Cooking, “As the weather heats up, it is no coincidence that the fruits and vegetables that are fresh for picking are plump with water-juicy, ripe peaches, plums, and melons, crisp lettuces, succulent tomatoes and cool cucumbers. And the dishes we lean toward, like salads, smoothies, yogurt with fruit, gazpacho and seafood, also contribute to hydration. Surprising, about 20 percent of our total water intake comes from the food we eat.
You’ll get the remaining 80 percent from beverages. Water is best but other drinks count, too.”
So back to our water and drinks…. I am proud to say that I gave up the diet soda a year ago when I began my wellness makeover and have tried to drink as much water as possible. In doing this I have experimented with many “flavors” from a pouch which were commercially produced as well as making concoctions in my kitchen. Turns out that my concoctions are some of my favorite and most refreshing drinks.
Here is a twist on the old cucumber-water.
¼ c fresh Mint leaves
4 Tablespoons of sugar
1 c boiling water
½ long English cucumber (about 2 cups)
2 Tablespoons of lime juice
mint cut right from our own “farmville!”
come on sweetness
In a pot combine the mint leaves and sugar
Take a spoon and mash the mint
Add the boiling water and let steep for 15 minutes
While that is steeping and smelling wonderful, in a blender toss in the cucumber and puree with 2 cups of cold water
look at that gorgeous color
Strain the cucumber liquid into a bowl.
After the mint has steeped for 15 minutes strain that through the bowl with the cucumber liquid.
Get rid of the wonderfully smelling remains, or I suppose you could use these for your eyes as I’ve seen many places..
Pour the mixture into a pitcher and add the lime juice
Add 3 cups of cold water and stir
Enjoy over ice
I love this so much and my picky picky family does too, give it a try and let me know what you think! Do you have a favorite water concoction you’d like to share?