It can be a challenge to get in that "8 glasses" a day. I actually love drinking water but know plenty of people that need a little something extra to get it down. I love Meghan's flavor enhancements - we all did! Props to my husband for drinking out of a kitty straw. This is the last recipe in Meghan's Whole30 series. Hope you guys have enjoyed her ideas as much as I have. In case you missed one, you can see them all here. Thanks again, Meghan! - Lesley

Water is an incredibly important part of a healthy diet. Good ole water helps us feel fuller longer, aids digestion, and gets old quick. However, drinking water and avoiding soda and sugary juices can also reduce cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods. Sometimes water needs to be spiced up. Try flavoring water by adding sliced fruit, vegetables, or herbs to a pitcher and steeping overnight. Some fruits high in water content, such as melon, are also prime for pureeing and enjoying as an Aqua Fresca.

Just a tip: Both of the following recipes are fantastic for cocktail mixing. Try the Cucumber Refresher with a little gin and the Watermelon Water with a splash (or two) of tequila. We won’t tell - if you don’t.

Watermelon Water
Yield 2 ½ quarts, 8 (8 ounce) servings

Here’s a great trick for cubing the watermelon.

  • 1 (4 pound, personal sized) watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes, about 6 cups
  • 1 quart cool water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

    Puree the watermelon in a blender. Combine the water, lime juice, and salt in a large pitcher. Place a fine mesh strainer over the pitcher and slowly pour the pureed watermelon through the strainer.

    Refrigerate the Watermelon Water for at least 30 minutes before serving. This water keeps in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Stir before serving as it tends to separate.

    Serve over ice, top with soda water, if desired.

  • Cucumber Refresher Yield 2 quart, 4 (8 ounce) servings
    Both ginger and cucumber are known for their detoxifying properties. This infused water is a prefect daily alternative to plain water. 

  • 2 quarts cool water
  • 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • pinch of kosher salt

    Combine the water, cucumber, ginger in a large pitcher. Refrigerate over night.

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    1. Thanks for the delicious and nutritious idea! Where did you get your straws from!? :)

      -Mandy Dugas

      1. Thanks, Mandy! They were a Target find. :)

    2. I loved this series - sort of sad its coming to an end :)

    3. I'm obsessed with those glasses, are they Anthropologie by chance?

      1. yes ma'am! i love their weight too. they are awesome!

    4. Love! And I love your blog and all the pretty of the most visually stimulating blogs I read! :)

      1. thanks SO much sarah! that means a lot. :)


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