I’ve known for a long time that water is good for me. There isn’t a magazine, newspaper, health program that doesn’t espouse drinking water, and lots of it, for one’s optimal health. Staying hydrated has mega-advantages from weight loss to disease prevention to a better night’s sleep. And there’s nothing like water for quenching real thirst!
Therein lies the problem. I’m rarely thirsty and I just simply don’t like the taste of water. I cannot tell the difference between expensive bottled water (don’t get me started on this subject) and cold water right out of the tap. The benefits of drinking lots of water far outweigh the necessity to frequent the restroom, so a bit resignedly, I decided to do a little research on sprucing up the bland clear liquid.
Frozen fun is the way to go! I scouted the back of my cupboards for unused ice cube trays, since my fridge isn’t equipped with the automatic icemaker. I filled one tray’s compartments with lemon juice and the other tray’s with lime juice. Now I can enjoy lemon water without the seeds and the unwanted sugar. I can even go bold with a mix of lemon and lime cubes. A third tray can hold fresh mint sprigs frozen in cubes to add to plain water for a zesty drink.
Next I moved on to fresh raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, placing them in the trays and filling the cubes with seltzer water. Adding a little fizz changed up the water and made it more palatable. Progress!
I have to admit that I still haven’t reached drinking the 64 oz of water that the experts advise, but since I’ve uncovered the ice cube trays, I am having a lot more fun trying to down nature’s wonder. There is one glitch however…it has added to my coffee addiction. I brew up an additional pot of coffee in the morning, let it cool, fill the trays, and then later in the afternoon add the coffee ice cubes to the chilled remaining coffee.
I’m sure any attempt is helpful. Now I’ll just have to work on perseverance.