It’s fall, y’all. Which means fall foliage-lined hikes! And breezy bike rides! And pumpkin spice everything! But one of the downsides of this cooler weather is that it becomes easy to forget to drink your daily ounces of H2O (which you can figure out the number for here) when, you know, you aren’t constantly dripping with sweat. But the fact of the matter is, we need to keep drinking water, even when we’d prefer a PSL: it helps keep us focused, it aids with weight loss, if you toss some lemons in it, it’s great for your skin. Oh, and, staying hydrated is essential to keeping your body functioning at tip-top speed.
So, to help you keep drinking water, even when you don’t feel like it (or if you just flat-out hate drinking it), we gathered up these eight fall-flavored water infusion recipes that give you a taste of the season — cinnamon! Citrus! Apple! — without all the sugar that comes with a pumpkin spice latte. Plus, these infusions are all super simple to make — you just throw the ingredients into your water bottle (warning: There may be some chopping involved) and then voila: you have tasty, hydrating water to chug all day long. Pro tip: Assemble your infusions before you go to bed so they have all night to get all sorts of flavorful. You can thank us later. (Oh, and investing in a cute water bottle for these cooler months might not be a bad idea either.)
Spiced Pomegranate, Persimmon and Orange
via One Lombard
One of my favorite things about the colder months is the emergence of persimmons. This sweet tomato lookalike is super tasty, if you ask me. And these babies are loaded with vitamin C, and are a great plant-based source of iron and calcium.
Plum, Apple, Pear and Cinnamon
via Self-Proclaimed Foodie
This combo is basically pie in water form. Need we say more?
Cranberry, Lemon and Blood Orange
via Well and Full
Poor cranberries are an overlooked fruit, only brought out at Thanksgiving. No more! Here, they star in a power trio with blood oranges and lemon to form a lovely infusion.
Cinnamon, Pear and Ginger
via Smarty had a Party
Combine these three ingredients in your water bottle or jar for a tasty drink that packs a skin-glow-inducing punch. According to Jolene Hart, certified health coach and water infusion queen, both ginger and cinnamon lessen your chances of getting wrinkles, pimples and all sorts of other unwanted skin issues.
Orange, Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon
via Hello Glow
This infusion is designed to give you a vitamin C boost (hey, orange!) and regulate blood sugar (thank, cinnamon!). We will take it.
Grapefruit and Rosemary
via Infused Waters
There’s something about grapefruit that just makes you feel like you’re on a beach, you know? And you will need that at some point this season, that I promise you.
Apple and Cinnamon
Think of this as a healthier apple cider — one you can sip on all damn day, sans guilt.
Pomegranate and Mint
via Great Food and Lifestyle
While this water infusion looks like cherry 7UP, it’s a whole lot healthier. Bonus: Mint helps to keep your digestive system moving, ahem, smoothly, which means clearer skin. Yes, please.
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