I need to drink more water. That seems like a simple enough goal, but I bet many of you also know that it isn’t always easy. I love coffee. I drink multiple cups of it every single day. While I do enjoy a nice, cold glass of water it just isn’t as appealing as coffee to me. So I like to add a bit of flavor to my water once in awhile. You know, to give my taste buds something to…taste. I don’t think I’m alone in my quest for tastier water, since there are many water “enhancers” on the market right now. These often come in the form of liquids or powders, calorie free of course, that you add to your glass of water. Many are brightly colored and, I assume, just a chemical concoction of artificial sweeteners, colors and flavorings. That doesn’t make that glass of water seem so healthy anymore, does it?
I started making this homemade version of a low-calorie water enhancer over the summer. I used to make it with simple syrup (sugar and water boiled together for a few minutes), but this summer I won some liquid NuNaturals flavored stevia in a contest and gave it a try in this drink. The stevia was fabulous, especially since I have a lemon-flavored version. I also have vanilla-flavored stevia and that makes a rather interesting version of this drink. You can also add a pinch of salt. I first read about a salty limeade in an Indian cookbook and I do rather like the twist. Another addition that I have thought of, but not yet tried, is a few drops of orange flower or rose water. Since those waters are very powerful only a few drops would be sufficient. Of course, other types of citrus fruits like lemons and oranges could also be used.
Do you add any kinds of flavorings to your water? If you do, please leave a comment and tell me what you do. I would love to find some more ways to make staying hydrated easier!
- Juice from ½ of lime
- Filtered water
- Liquid stevia, to taste
- Pour the lime juice into your glass. Add a few drops of stevia. Fill with water. Stir and adjust taste by adding more lime juice from other half of lime or more stevia.
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