Today I want to chat about WATER! The source of life. I am actually a water lover. I enjoy a nice big glass of ice water almost as much as a nice big glass of Diet Coke. But let’s face it – sometimes it gets boring. Flavored sparkling water is a big trend right now, but I’m here to tell you that making your own still, infused water is just as good, if not better than those expensive canned waters.
Reduce Single-Use Plastic Bottle Waste
Today we’ve teamed up with Dopper to bring water back into the the light and show you just how delicious and fresh your water can be without throwing away a gazillion single-use plastic water bottles each year. I used to be one of those people that threw away thousands of water bottles each year, but I’ve recently been converted to a reusable bottle.
Dopper’s mission to eliminate single-use plastic waste and increase access to safe drinking water worldwide. Five percent of Dopper’s sales goes directly to the Dopper Foundation, which supports improved sanitation and hygiene in Nepal. The foundation also invests ways to reduce plastic bottle waste. You can read more about the Dopper Foundation and how you can help here.
The Dopper Bottle
The Dopper Bottle holds 15.2 ounces and the top half twists off to make a stemmed cup. It comes in 6 colors and can be purchased at their website for $15. The bottle is reusable and easily cleaned for fresh water each day. I HATE hand washing, so I love that this bottle is dishwasher safe and separates into 3 pieces for a thorough clean. Always remember to properly clean and dry your Dopper bottle after use, and leave it without the cap on in your cupboard.
For more info on cleaning your Dopper bottle please visit their page here.
I also want to share some delicious water cocktails with you. Not only are these blends delicious, but they are good for your too! Making an infused water is pretty darn simple. For more infused water ideas check out an older post of mine HERE.
Fruit is SO good for your digestion. It is full of fiber, potassium and vitamin C. These three components do all different kinds of glorious things for your body. Obviously fiber helps keep things moving along efficiently.
Potassium encourages your entire digestive system to contract smoothly. Which also makes sense- when you are having cramps in your feet and legs what does everyone tell you? “Eat a banana” ( or drink some milk) because you are deficient in minerals your body needs. Drinking waters that have been soaking in all these minerals and vitamins from particular fruits that are rich in specific vitamins (like potassium), instead of a sports drink, can help your body recover faster.
Also, MINT?? Peppermint is known for its soothing qualities right? We put it in our tea, rub it on our sore shoulders, our chests for chest colds. It does the same thing for our digestive tract. Mint is known for soothing an upset stomach and also calming the stomach lining-relieving cramping and gas. Plus it tastes amazing. It’s a win win!
Fruits high in potassium, vitamin C and fiber?
- Mint is also excellent for digestion
Berries! Berries are the best food ever. I LOVE berries, my kids love berries, everyone loves berries. The best part about berries is ok, yeah their taste obviously…but its also their nutrients. Their deep rich color is a tell tell sign that this food is full of antioxidants. In my research I found one study that said just eating 1 cup of berries will provide you with all the disease fighting antioxidants you need for a day. What are antioxidants? Scientist believe that they help repair cells that become damaged in the cell oxidation process. Bad cells turn into diseases (like heart disease) and cancers…. so eat your fruit and veggies! Deeper the color the better.
Other high fruit high in antioxidants?
Sport drinks are full of sodium and lots of sugar. Yeah, ok, fruits have sugar too, but they have sugar that can be broken down properly in your organs and body parts that actually lower your blood sugar levels, give you energy and don’t give you a huge crash.
The fruits are all full of vitamins. So when allowed to soak and merry with water it gives it flavor and nutrition. Citrus fruits, and many of the fruits listed below (such as oranges, lemons and grapefruits) have tons of vitamin C, which gives your body some major benefits when it comes to energy. Vitamin C helps your body form amino acids, which help regulate your energy levels. One of the first major signs of a vitamin C deficiency is fatigue.
Fruit that contains that energy boosting vitamins are as followed below:
- Lemons (also an amazing natural diuretic)
- Tap Water
- Tap Water
- Tap Water
For each blend combine all ingredients in an airtight container.
Refrigerate for 1 hour to overnight.
Serve in a reusable bottle like Dopper.