I drink ridiculous amounts of water every day and always carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go. Swapping sugary juices and sodas for water will help you maintain a healthy balance of body fluids, flush out the waste and toxins out of your system and control your calorie intake. Infusing your water will make drinking it a lot more fun and tasty. Today, I have a cooling and refreshing idea for you guys: fresh mint, cucumber and lime infused water.
Mint is a highly aromatic herb and it has been used for medicinal purposes for ages. I remember being little, whenever I had an upset stomach or got a cold, my grandma would make me drink a ton of mint tea. Every time I smell fresh mint now, I see myself sitting in my grandparents’ kitchen, drinking my tea, each sip making me feel nice and warm, while my grandma prepared her world-famous apple and cinnamon pancakes.
Mint is rich in antioxidants, it aids digestion and its smell alone can help fight depression and fatigue as it’s a natural stimulant. When mixed with water, mint leaves add an extremely refreshing flavor. Of course, if you happen to be allergic to mint, try to avoid it.
Cucumbers are made up of water in 95%. Due to their mild diuretic property, cucumbers reduce cholesterol, control blood pressure and are amazing for your skin. To make this infused water I used organic cucumbers. Because I mostly use organic vegetables, I don’t have to worry about peeling them. If you don’t have or can’t find organic cucumbers, make sure you peel them before putting them in your water.
Another great thing about infused water is the fact that you can use as little, or as many ingredients as you wish. I used a whole bunch of mint leaves, one whole cucumber, one lime, about two cups of ice and two liters of filtered water. I mixed everything together and let it sit and “infuse” for some time in the fridge. It’s an absolute must-try during summer. It’s hydrating, cooling, refreshing and delicious.
I have to say that I had so much fun taking these pictures, it was actually quite relaxing. As a blogger, photography is definitely one of the most important aspects of my work, and I can’t tell you how great it feels to have taken so many great shots that it was difficult to pick the ones that I wanted to publish. Let me tell you that taking pictures in my yard was something else, natural light is definitely a way to go! Our precious, beautiful Sun, what would we do without it ;) .
Enjoy your weekend everyone! <3