The first thing I usually look at when people inform me they want to lose weight, is their drinking habits (regular drinks NOT alcohol – that’s another article!).
You can get pretty awesome weight loss results just from cutting out sugary drinks and increasing the amount of water you drink…but not everyone is that keen on the taste (or lack thereof) of water.
So today I thought we’d take a look at a few useful options on how to make tap water taste better – simple and healthy – check ’em out!
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SIMPLY ADD FRUIT
I like to think of fruit options as ‘water enhancers’ – an incredibly simple and healthy way to flavor a glass of tap water.
I would recommend starting off with a few citrus fruit options, such as lemons, limes, and oranges. If you don’t mind the ‘bulky’ feel to your drink, you could go for the more diverse option of raspberries or watermelon.
When the summer months come around, my mother likes to add cucumber and fresh mint to chilled water (extremely refreshing option!).
A lot of people tend to miss the bubbly effect of their choice of soft drink – they find still water a constant reminder that there are sweeter alternatives out there!
I have to be honest with you, I much prefer a carbonated mineral water as opposed to a straight mineral water. Again, add some fruit or fruit juices to the water – see what you can create!
Fizzy water tends to feel like much more of a treat…or is it just me?
I always prefer my soft drinks cold – even in the winter! To go one step further, I would say that iced water tastes better than water served at room temperature.
I’m including this option because a friend introduced it to me last summer…and it was great…
She uses flavoured ice cubes to chill down her water. Simply use fruit additives…or any additives you fancy really…and flavour the water in the ice tray (before you chuck it in the freezer – obviously!).
If visitors pop round, and you want to be more creative, use ice cube trays that come in fun shapes, like stars, circles, or even fish (I like the fish shapes best!)
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SWAP SOFT DRINKS FOR TEA
Now, before we go any further, I should really point out that we are talking about the more HEALTHIER options of tea here (not your bargain basement standard black teabag from the local store!).
We are looking at herbal, fruit, green, white, and red teas here – the options that are widely considered to be a LOT more healthy for you overall.
These teas contain little to no caffeine and have a great selection of exciting and enticing flavors to choose out of.
First stop is the local health store, or even the health section at your local supermarket – you’ll be quite surprised at what they offer there…if you look hard enough!
If you take to them, don’t stop there – start researching the huge choice of speciality teas that come from all parts of the world.
DO YOU LEAN TOWARDS THE SAVOURY SIDE?
If you find yourself getting a little peckish throughout the day, and your palate leans toward the savoury side, you may want to try out bouillons or broths.
Now I know this sounds a little strange…but hear me out for a couple of minutes…
There are numerous low-fat and low-sodium versions of these savoury options and at the end of they day – they are nothing more than (a posh version of) flavoured water!
Because these options are water-based, they also count towards your daily fluid consumption (which many people keep track of due to weight loss efforts).
Learn How to Make Tap Water Taste Better
So there we have it folks – five simple and healthy options for you to spice up your water.
What was your favourite? Do you have any ideas you would like to add to this list?
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