Making Your Own Low-Cal Flavored Waters

Making Your Own Low-Cal Flavored Waters

Food & Drink

Making Your Own Low-Cal Flavored Waters


This summer it seems more and more people are opting for an alternative to sugary sweet sodas, teas and lemonades. They’re reaching for a nice cold glass of water.

But water’s boring, you say. You need a little flavor, you say. So maybe you’ve been buying the bottled waters with flavor added—products such as Hint, Metromint, or Aquafina FlavorSplash.

Those are fine, of course. But a growing number of thirsty consumers have decided to do their own flavoring to their H2O.

We’ve seen a flurry of articles lately offering recipes for flavored water that add little or no calories to the beverage. Suggestions include infusing waters with a slice of fresh fruit or vegetables and herbs such as cucumbers, pears, mint, oranges, limes, mangoes or strawberries.

Freezing fruit juice in ice cube trays is a great way to add fun and flavor to water—works well with iced tea, too.

USA Today had a feature article on the subject and offered several recipe ideas for hot summer days.

Fine Cooking magazine’s June-July issue has recipes for watermelon-basil water, cucumber-mint water, and blackberry-sage water. It’s part of a feature story by nutritionist Ellie Krieger.

Agua fresca is another variation of flavored water that has long been popular in Mexico, and is now gaining favor north of the border. Agua fresca is basically fruit water. Mixologist Dennis Pitchford has a refreshing recipe for one of his agua fresca favorites. We’ll let him show you.

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