All the benefits of detox—without all the “yuck!”

You can’t swing a head of broccoli these days without hitting someone strolling with a green drink in hand. Detox drinks are trending big time. And to hear everyone gush, you’d think it cured everything under the sun.

So I couldn’t help but dive into this popular practice… that is, until I got to the “no eating real food” portion of the instructions.

I thought to myself—“there has to be a better way than no chewing for 10 days.” Then, the lightbulb moment… what if I could turn something I do every day into my detox?

It turns out good ol’ H2O is already a great, easy way to detox (and the original!). Even better, by adding fresh fruit, you can transform hum-drum water into a tall, crisp glass of pure delight that kicks toxins to the curb.
Here are three of my favorites for you to try!

Strawberry, Lemon & Mint Infused Water

Offering a refreshing and uplifting flavor, strawberries and lemon are high in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals associated with aging, environment and lifestyle. Mint adds an energizing zing.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1⁄2 lemon sliced
  • 2 cups filtered or sparkling water
  • 1-2 mint sprigs

Cucumber & Watermelon Infused Water

Both of these fruits (yes, cucumber is technically fruit) have a naturally high water content and are rich in nutrients. Watermelon is high in vitamins A and C, and sipping cucumber water is believed to help soothe and calm skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup watermelon, cubed

Orange & Blueberry Infused Water

Antioxidants abound in this citrus/berry combo. Considered a “superfruit”, blueberries are high polyphenols, thanks to their deep hue. For a vitamin C boost, just one small orange supplies 85% of the daily value.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-large orange, cut into wedges (seeds removed)
  • 1 handful of blueberries

Directions for all recipes:

Place ingredients inside a glass. Pour a splash of water and stir fruit. Using a spoon, lightly press fruit to release some of the juice. Fill the glass with ice, water and allow to sit for at least one hour (longer for a stronger flavor).