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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).