Water is my favorite beverage. I like it better than fresh juice, a spicy Caesar, or even a nice glass of Riesling. However, sometimes water is boring. And during a hot summer's day, I prefer the sweet taste of water and some fresh mint to cool down. Fresh mint lemon water is a good detox and cleanser. What better way to add some flavor to your water than to infuse some fresh squeezed lemons and sprigs of mint.
The major benefits in drinking lemon water is that it helps weight loss and replenishes your body natural electrolytes (especially after a hard workout session). Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants that protects the body against immune system deficiencies. Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and maintains the pH levels in the body. Lemons are sources citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Lemons gives your skin a nice glow by rejuvenating from the inside out.
Infusing your water with a mint also gives your breath a cool fresh taste and some adds some sweetness. Mint has many nutritional benefits which includes relieves nausea and headaches. Mint soothes and calms the digestive system. The aroma of mint activates the saliva glands which produces digestive enzymes. Fresh mint is a effective relief of respiratory congestion and soothes Asthma by opening up the nose, throat, and lungs.
A good rule of thumb when choosing lemons is the heavier the lemon the better. Next time when you are grocery shopping, weight a few lemons on your palm and see which ones weigh more. You will get more juices and vitamins!
Adding flavor to water by infusing with natural flavors is easy. It can be pre-made in a pitcher or in water infuser water bottle. It is perfect for dinner parties and summer barbecues. It is healthy and super refreshing. If you want, throw in a couple slices of cucumber for extra hydration! I like to recycle my milk jugs for my water bottles. It is also great for storing lentils, spices and Holy Crap Cereal.
Fresh Mint Lemon Water Recipe
- Pitcher of water (filtered preferably)
- 2 lemons - sliced
- 1 lemon - juiced
- few sprigs of mint
- ice (optional)
- Wash all ingredients
- Combine all ingredients (adjust lemon portions depending how acidic you fancy)
- Place in fridge an hour to allow flavors to infuse.
- Add ice if desired.