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Water Flavored with Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs

a glass of cucumber and mint water

I learned a very important lesson about my body back in 2002, when I was 7 months pregnant with our first daughter. Blake and I had just returned from a long weekend in Las Vegas to attend the wedding of some close friends. We had walked many, many miles and ate as many meals as we could fit in from restaurants of famous chefs, such as Nobu, Wolfgang Puck, and Emeril Lagasse. We feasted with our bride and groom friends at our first Brazilian steakhouse experience, and then topped it all off with our very first Krispy Creme, sweet decadence that we found on a late night walk over to The Venetian. Some people gamble in Vegas. I eat. :)

But upon arriving back in Minnesota at the end of that celebratory weekend and heading to my regular prenatal check-up Monday morning, I was hit with some unexpected news. I was contracting way too hard and way too fast. I was placed on immediate and full bedrest, and was only to get out of bed to use the bathroom and take a short shower. Until the contractions were under control, I was to do absolutely nothing except rest. And drink water. Lots and lots and LOTS of water.

It turned out that my doctor believed I had overexerted myself, walking and eating myself across Vegas, and that my body had become dehydrated. After one month on bedrest, and feeling quite hydrated, I was released back into the world, along with my promise to keep drinking an abundance of water. Because that water is some kind of miracle juice, I tell you. It kept the contractions at bay, helped my back feel better, and my prenatal migraines had dissipated completely.

So how could I not keep practicing this water drinking habit after all the positive effects I had experienced?!

I had suffered from back aches and head aches for many, many years. But the advice I received while on bedrest, to simply drink more water, was all I really needed to know.

cucumber mint water

I love a big tall glass of ice water. But it’s even more enjoyable to pour a glass of Water Flavored with Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs. My favorite combo of sliced cucumbers and fresh mint is super refreshing, and the one you’ll find most often in our fridge during the heat of summer.

pineapple and rosemary water

The new Tea Infusion Pitcher from The Pampered Chef makes flavored water even more of a treat, and I love it! I simply add whatever flavors I want to the infuser insert, pour in fresh water, and then let it all hang out for awhile in the fridge. Once the pitcher of water is nice and chilled, and infused with subtle natural flavors, I pour a glass and enjoy. (The water above is infused with pineapple and rosemary.)

I like to make cold flavored teas during the summer, too, so I’m really looking forward to steeping tea in this pitcher. I think this recipe for a Citrus Mint Tea Cooler looks like a great place to start!

lemon, lime, orange, and cilantro water

Anything citrus is always a winner. It’s pretty, colorful, and known for its refreshing qualities. For flavored water, use one or several varieties at once, whatever you’re fancied with at the moment. In the glass above, I added sprigs of cilantro to slices of lemon, lime, and orange.

The combinations are seemingly endless when it comes to flavoring water. Here are a few more suggestions for you:

  • watermelon and basil
  • blueberry (slightly crushed) and rosemary
  • honeydew, cantaloupe, and cucumber
  • orange and strawberry
  • raspberry and mint
  • apple and thyme

I also have a few helpful hints when it comes to flavoring water:

  • I prefer to drink my flavored waters the same day they are made. When they sit too long, the water can become cloudy. And it sometimes turns bitter, especially when using citrus.
  • I add fruits and veggies in either slices or chunks. But with blueberries and other small berries, I recommend adding them whole and then slightly crushing, or muddling, them to release their flavorful juices.
  • If you want a more intense flavor, I encourage you to also squeeze in the citrus and gently crush or muddle any fruits, veggies, and herbs.
  • To make your glass pretty, and to feel like you’re on a little vacation, always have some extra ingredients on hand for garnish. Actually, I think this is more of a necessity than a helpful hint. ;)

 Please tell me…what is your favorite way to drink water?

tea infusion pitcher from The Pampered Chef

Would you like to win one of these awesome Tea Infusion Pitchers from The Pampered Chef?! It holds 1 quart of liquid (with the infuser), which is a really great size…not too big and not too small. It comes with a lid and a handy insulated sleeve to protect your hands when steeping hot tea.

But wait…there’s more!

The Pampered Chef is giving away a bundle of brand new kitchen tools just released this spring, worth $265, PLUS a $50 product credit for the winner to pick out whatever they want to try from The Pampered Chef! I received these same items to use in my own kitchen, and while I haven’t had the chance to try them all out yet, I’ve included a little note by the ones I have.

This giveaway, valued at $325, from The Pampered Chef includes:

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Giveaway rules: This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older. Giveaway will end on April 17th at 12:00 am CST. One winner will be chosen at random and then notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize, or another winner will be selected. A farmgirl’s dabbles and The Pampered Chef are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails.


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176 comments on “Water Flavored with Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs”

  1. This is fabulous! The pictures are beautiful and the combinations are excellent. If you don’t mind, I am going to reference your post in my May Wellness Challenge post: http://makingmindfulness.blogspot.com/2014/05/may-wellness-challenge.html. Thanks for sharing your insight and your great ideas!

  2. I’m new to flavoured waters.. I just bought this book 101 Fruit Infused Water on Amazon and I can’t stop drinking water now!!

    My favrouites are blackberry and sage and also watermelon and basil.. I never thought of mixing fruit and herbs together but it is always the herb combinations that I love the most!

  3. How awesome! I have been trying to make myself drink more water.. but with my soda addiction it gets quite hard. I am a 21 year old college student working full time- this win would be awesome!

  4. With a family full of Nutella Nuts, the product I’d most like to get my hands on is the scoop and spread!

  5. I’d love to try that tea infusion pitcher! I’ve been reading about infused waters, and it makes me think I should really get back on the ball with drinking more H2O.