Last year I gave up soda. I never drank a lot, but would often have a can of diet soda in the afternoon as a pick me up when I felt sluggish. After having several experiences of feeling a bit ill after having artificial sweetener, I realized my body hates. I would often get headaches in the afternoon but I never knew that it was the soda for sure until I completely eliminated it from my diet. Now I enjoy flavored unsweetened sparkling water and I rarely get headaches. I’ve never allowed my kids to drink soda or too much fruit juice, but we do still like to offer flavored drinks . Infused water is a great option for kids and adults. You can get delicious flavored water that is completely guilt free, refreshing and fun. My son loved mixing the flavors in this Strawberry Lime Cucumber Infused Water for our Mini Chef Monday series!
Wesley loves to pour so instead of adding water directly to the pitcher, I let him handle that step. Children very young can enjoy this step while they work on their coordination and build their gross motor skills.
We like our water nice and cold so we added some ice, but this isn’t necessary.
I let Wesley add the strawberries, lime and cucumber. Let your child choose their own flavor combination by offering them various ingredients like citrus fruits and fresh herbs like basil or mint.
This is such a fun and easy recipe for kids of all ages and is a great way to get reluctant kids to drink more water.
There really is no right or wrong way to make infused water. But if you are using a traditional pitcher like this one, know that certain fruits will break down in your water over time. Citrus fruits and cucumber will last for hours, but strawberries will start to crumble and change the color of your water. I would suggest removing the strawberries after an hour or so if you are making this in advance or use an infuser pitcher.
- 8 cups of water
- 3 slices of lime
- 6 slices of cucumber
- 3 strawberries, sliced in half
- Pour water in pitcher.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Let sit for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors infuse into the water.
- You can serve the fruit/veggies as garnish or fill the pitcher up again to infuse more water.
What flavor combination would you like to make with your mini chef?
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