Refreshing, Nourishing Homemade Vitamin Water
If you’re tired of staring down that plain ole glass of water, add loads of flavor and healthy nutrients by infusing your pitcher with fresh fruits and herbs. Unlike commercial vitamin water, fruit infused, homemade vitamin water contains no added sugar, no artificial sweeteners, and no added weirdness.
With summer winding down (far too quickly to suit me), I find myself feeling a little desperate about the approaching disappearance of summer fruits and vegetables. I’ve been sneaking them into everything, from snacks to desserts to drinks. On a whim, I began adding fruit and cucumbers to my daily ice water. Nothing particularly new, but so delightful that one day I was inspired to prepare an entire pitcher filled with nutritious, nourishing citrus, Cucurbitaceae (the botanical family that includes watermelon and cucumbers), and herbs, and, voilà, homemade vitamin water!
Readers of my other blog know that I am deeply smitten with green juice, but I enjoy other other liquid refreshments, too, including iced green tea, and coldcoldcold ice water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime.
So, this fruit-infused vitamin water is a natural extension that can easily morph to accommodate the fruits, vegetables, and herbs of the seasons: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, melons, apples, pears, cranberries, oranges, basil, thyme, verbena.
The fruits and vegetables in my homemade vitamin water are themselves highly nourishing:
Watermelon: rich in vitamins A and C, plus phytonutrients including anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, and cucurbitacins.
Cucumber: good source of vitamins B5, C and K, plus phytonutrients including anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, and cucurbitacins.
Grapefruit: high in vitamins A and C, lycopene, plus phytonutrients including limonoids.
Lemon: high in vitamin C, plus phytonutrients including anti-oxidants, and cancer-fighting limonoids. Also provides antibiotic effects.
Lime: high in vitamin C, plus phytonutrients including anti-oxidants, flavonoids, and cancer-fighting limonoids. Also provides antibiotic effects.
Mint: has anti-microbial properties and can ease digestive upset.