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15 Beautiful & Healthy Fruit Water Recipes To Replace Soda

15 Beautiful & Healthy Fruit Water Recipes To Replace Soda

Millions of Americans guzzle gallons of soda every year. Sodas have gone from being an occasional treat to becoming a beverage that is consumed daily, even replacing water for many people. A typical can of regular Coke contains over 9 teaspoons of sugar, that is 39 grams of sugar. The recommended daily allowance of sugar, according to the American Heart Association, is 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. Just a single can of Coke takes you over your daily allowance. “According to the USDA, 16% of calories in the typical American’s diet come from refined sugars and half of those calories come from beverages with added sugar.”

Diet Sodas are not a better option. UK pharmacist, Niraj Naik, exposed Diet sodas in a recent blog post. He says, “They make you crave more sugar and will not quench your thirst but instead leave you dehydrated.” The sugar substitutes used in the diet versions are often more harmful than sugar and could be linked to a variety of health problems.

Recent research tells us that soda consumption not only causes obesity, it also leads to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and several other health issues such as kidney problems, osteoporosis, asthma, and teeth decay. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “People who consume sugary drinks regularly, 1 to 2 cans a day or more, have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely have such drinks.”

So it’s high time you ditched that soda can and switched to water. However, for some of us making the switch from sugary drinks to water is tough. Initially, some find the taste of water too bland.

Fruit infused water is a great alternative to add flavor to your beverage without added sugar. Vitamins from fruit are an added bonus. Flavored water is a better option to juice, which again is high in sugar. You can easily make your own fruit infused water at home on a daily basis. This will also help use up that fruit sitting in your fruit bowl. It is also much better than buying the commercially available ones which might have added sugar.

Here are 15 delicious recipes to help get you started.

1. Orange, Strawberry & Mint Flavored Water

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    This fragrant and refreshing fruit water not only looks gorgeous, but also tastes wonderful too. It is a great recipe to start with since it is full of vitamin C, which helps boost your immunity.

    2. Peppermint Grapefruit Detox Water

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      This citrus, mint, and cucumber water is a perfect detox beverage. Grapefruit is low in sugar and packed with nutrients. It is great for your skin. It also has many positive effects on your health and is even considered to help in losing weight. Peppermint suppresses hunger and soothes the digestive system. It is effective against indigestion and other related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. Cucumbers help reduce water retention.

      3. Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water

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        Sip this zero-calorie fruit water throughout the day to stay healthy and keep the doctor away.

        Apples are the original super food. They are very low in calories and chockablock with essential nutrients – Vitamin C, polyphenols, and antioxidants.

        According to Diabetes UK, cinnamon may lower blood sugar in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It is also said to increase your metabolism and help with weight loss.

        4. Blueberry, Lemon & Peach Flavored Water

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          This recipe comes from a blogger who used to drink up to 3 diet sodas a day, but one day decided to give it up and switched to fruit water. She promises that this recipe, which became a favorite, is much more flavorful than soda.

          5. Mango, Lime & Basil Refresher

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            This fruit water combines mango with blackberries, lime, and basil. Blackberries (owing to their color) have the highest antioxidant level of all fruits. They are rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C. Mango is the king of fruits, not just in taste but also in nutritional value. A cup of chopped mango gives you 25% of your daily Vitamin A requirement. 25 different carotenoids are found in mango. It is rich in iron and calcium and antioxidants. Basil is highly valued in traditional medicine in many countries. A mix of these ingredients gives you a delicious and healthy drink.

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            6. Vitamin-Infused Water

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              If you are having a relaxed girlie Spa day at home, here are 3 awesome fruit water recipes to complete your beauty regime.

              Digestive Aid Beauty Water

              • 8 ounces coconut water kefir or sparkling water
              • 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
              • 2-inch piece of ginger
              • juice from one lemon

              Cool Calm Beauty Water

              • 20 ounces water
              • 1 cup fresh berries
              • 1 handful fresh mint
              • 2 tablespoons honey or 3 drops stevia (optional)

              Weight Loss Flush Beauty Water

              • 20 ounces water
              • 1/2 grapefruit slices (ruby red is preferred)
              • 2 tablespoons vitamin C powder or Camu Camu powder
              • 2 tablespoons honey or 3 drops stevia (optional)

               7. Chia Fresca

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                Chia seeds are the newest superfood on the block. They make you feel full longer, thereby making you consume much less food. They are said to lower blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, and are filled with omega 3 (which is an anti-inflammatory). They contain double the potassium of bananas, twice the protein of any grain, iron, thrice the antioxidants in blackberries, and calcium. Neat for a tiny seed! Berries add flavor and aroma. Shake your bottle and pour yourself a nice tall glass. To your good health, chin chin!

                8. Turmeric and Ginger Lemonade

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                  Ginger and turmeric both have anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, which is found in turmeric, is a potent antioxidant. Ginger soothes the digestive system. You can sip this ginger turmeric lemonade recipe throughout the day to boost your immunity. This concoction helps to ease pain in your joints, inflammation, and ward off seasonal sickness. It’s delicious and can be served hot or cold.

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                  9. Detox Water for Craving Control & Beautiful Skin

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                    This is a lovely fruit water with apple, lemon, strawberries, cinnamon, and mint. You don’t need to wait for your next detox routine. Make this drink today and sip your way to good health.

                    10. Blackberry & Sage Water

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                      It tastes as beautiful as it looks. The blackberries lend a lovely purple color to the water. The sage adds a subtle and refreshing flavor to it and has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial benefits.

                      11. Watermelon, Cucumber & Mint Infused Water

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                        This makes a great summer drink. Bring it to a picnic or serve it at your barbecue to beat the heat. Watermelon has lycopene which helps improve heart health. It also contains the amino acid citrulline, a phytonutrient that converts to the amino acid arginine. These amino acids promote blood flow, leading to cardiovascular health and improved circulation.

                        12. Berry Detox Water

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                          This delicious water is a fabulous health drink. You can snack on the berries as you sip it through the day. Cranberries are great to prevent Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and are loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients. Black currants have been used popularly in herbal medicine to treat coughs, bladder stones, and stomach ailments.

                          13. Iced Green Tea Mojito (Digestive Aid & Liver Detox)

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                            This refreshing beverage is a great drink on a hot summer’s day and is good for you too. Green tea increases metabolism and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Lime is anti-inflammatory, helps weed out toxins, and helps stimulate the digestive system.

                            14. Lemon Aloe Water

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                              Aloe is not only the best burn remedy, but it’s also great for your health. Aloe promotes circulation, helps you recover from fatigue, and aids digestion.

                              Please Note: The Whole Foods Companion cautions pregnant women and diabetics not to take aloe vera internally.

                              15. New Year Detox Water

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                                A perfect antidote to the excesses of the holiday season. Start the year off with a fruity concoction to nourish your body. Combine raspberries, peeled grapefruit, sliced cucumbers, sliced pears, and fresh mint in a large pitcher of spring water. Chill and enjoy!

                                Featured photo credit: Ana Stanciu via hellonatural.co

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                                Last Updated on November 20, 2018

                                10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                                10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                                A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                                Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                                1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                                Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                                If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                                2. You put the cart before the horse.

                                “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                                3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                                A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                                4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                                The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                                5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                                If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                                6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                                Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                                The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                                7. You’re trying too hard.

                                Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                                8. You don’t track your progress.

                                Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                                9. You have no social support.

                                It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                                10. You know your what but not your why.

                                The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                                Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                                Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                                Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                                Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                                Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                                • The more specific you can make your goal,
                                • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                                • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                                • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                                I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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