Any tips on flavoring water?

by (10) Updated January 16, 2012 at 7:05 AM Created December 28, 2011 at 11:13 PM


I've been doing Paleo with my two kids for the past month and am in love with it! My husband finally decided to fully jump on board this week and is doing great, but is really struggling with drinking water. He was mainly drinking Dr. Pepper, Sonic drinks, and Sweet Tea before. He is currently downing a lot of unsweet tea. (It's really the only thing he is drinking).

Does anyone have any tips on ways to flavor water? (I'm thinking with some fruit and such). Specific recipes would be very helpful!

Thanks so much! Ashlee

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13583 · December 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM

I like seltzer waster with a slash of lemon juice. I also like it with some frozen berries. Let the berries unthaw in the seltzer and you get a nice treat at the bottom of the glass.

16858 · December 29, 2011 at 2:24 AM

I like to heat my water to very hot, but not boiling and then run it over ground Arabica beans. I don't know why, but it tastes so much better and gives me loads of energy, but it does look dark black, almost brown. :)

I also put bones in water and let it simmer for a very long time, then let it cool and remove the bones and drink the water.

Both are delicious.

7185 · December 29, 2011 at 12:20 AM

Ashlee, has your husband had a nutrient panel done on his blood? Sodium and potassium may be low, in which case drinking plain water is a bad idea. Adding a dash of salt to his plain water may make it more palatable.

Here's a list of the options I've used to quench my thirst. I am often thirsty, and very rarely can I drink just plain water. The last item in the list is my favorite. Nothing quenches like a mountain stream.

  1. Sparkling water (with or without fruit, citrus, frozen berries)
  2. Plain water, refrigerated with lemon slices, cucumber, herbs, ginger, etc.
  3. Plain water with a squeeze of citrus
  4. Plain water with dash of salt
  5. Herbal tea
  6. Water kefir
  7. Fancy mineral water
  8. Hike up a tall mountain, bottle water from the stream, filter first if you're in an area with giardia

37013 · December 28, 2011 at 11:21 PM

I had this problem also. I found I didn't like tap water or "drinking" water but I enjoyed the taste of mountain spring water with a wedge of lime squeezed in.

I bought a Soda Stream so I could still have carbonation, and I found that my home-made carbonated water still tasted like good water vs. the store-bought carbonated water that doesn't.

After more time, I got into the hobby of making water kefir and I know others like kombucha and/or various teas so there are options out there.

But have him try the spring water for now.

6045 · December 29, 2011 at 8:07 AM

I'm not wild about drinking plain water either, and see no need to with these harmless flavorings--which help me avoid turning to horrible diet sodas:

  • I have something of an addiction to squeezing lime or lemon into water--I seem to positively CRAVE tangy or sour flavors.

  • I've also found that many herbal teas make excellent flavorings, even for cold water, without adding unwanted sweeteners, carbs, caffeine, or other nasties. They are typically nothing more than herbs, flowers, and spices. I'm especially fond of any of the Celestial Seasonings "zinger" teas, which get their tangy taste and beautiful garnet color from hibiscus flowers.

  • If I'm in a hurry, I brew them hot and then pour over ice, or if I have more time, simply submerge the tea bags in cold water and wait an hour or two (or do a whole pitcher overnight). I just brewed a pitcher tonight! Herbal teas aren't as prone to over-extraction like true tea, so you can pretty much steep as long as you want.-

  • Pro-tip: if you live in an area with a lot of Latin grocers, you can buy dried hibiscus flowers very inexpensively--it's called "jamaica," and one usually finds it where they stock packaged dried chili peppers, spices, herbs, etc.

All these techniques add color, flavor, and sometimes even vitamins, and some are so fruity it's almost like drinking juice, but without the sugar. The biggest challenge is giving up the idea that beverages should be sweet. I'm not willing to use artificial sweeteners. It really didn't take long for that urge to disappear.

30 · December 29, 2011 at 4:31 AM

http://www.vitacost.com/Wisdom-Natural-SweetLeaf-Liquid-Stevia-Vanilla-Creme http://www.capellaflavordrops.com/

Check out these links. The flavored Sweetleaf Stevias are phenomenal in plain water or sparkling water, or you can use the sweetener of your choice and the Capella drops. They really expand your options without using poisonous artificial sweeteners, caffeine, or empty calories from sugar.

5888 · December 28, 2011 at 11:54 PM

A few dashes of Angostura bitters in a glass of plain water is delicious.

562 · January 16, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Definitely lemon or lime makes great water for the summer.

Personally I can recommend hot tea, if you want to avoid the caffeine just infuse more than once (the first infuse you can ditch if you don't want any caffeine). Most of it gets away after the first infusion, and if you buy quality tea, you can re-infuse it different times, you get the flavour without the caffeine.

Obviously I recommend green-tea :)


133 · December 29, 2011 at 4:32 AM

After I left home (and our spring water) and went to the city, I found I could not drink the city water from the tap. So I bought some pink grapefruit juice or pink guava purée and put a little bit in a container of mostly cooled carbon filtered water and my water consumption increased 3 times.

I also drink cooled oolong tea.

823 · December 29, 2011 at 3:44 AM

Oh, my hair salon has cucumber water, it's SO refreshing in summer.

I like a litre bottle, a splash of pure cranberry (no sugar added, can be had at Trader Joes, and likely any health food co-op sort of store), and tap water, and a packet of stevia. YUM!

I also like sparkling water. I gave up soda in my early twenties, because it made my intestines very unhappy. A few years ago, I discovered sparkling water doesn't bloat me, so sometimes I like that.

Just plain is what I drink the most though.

10004 · December 29, 2011 at 1:46 AM

Water kefir is one thing might want to try if your spouse doesn't like plain water.


6629 · December 28, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Believe it or not, drinking pure water will make you want to drink pure water. Just do it a couple days and bingo, its what you will want. Squeeze a lemon or lime in it like nance said if you want, but teach your body to like it unadulterated.

3127 · January 16, 2012 at 6:58 AM

i ditched coffee because i gave up cream. tea and diluted wine are my treats now days. the rest of the time 99 percent of the time i drink carbon filtered water. i find it hard to swallow that some body doesn't like water. by the end of day one i would think they would love to drink water. in fact i think water is a perfect paleo drink all by it self.

11049 · December 29, 2011 at 3:28 PM

I make a few different kinds of flavored water, mostly for my son.

1) Pitcher of water and about 1/2 cup peeled, cucumber and a couple mint leaves, let stand in fridge a few hours then drink.

2) To 1 qt water add pinch of sea salt, 2T apple cider vinegar, a few pieces of fresh ginger and 1T honey, mix well and let stand in fridge a few hours before drinking.

My 14 year old drinks these and home made kombucha.

244 · December 29, 2011 at 2:24 AM

I really like the taste of tonic water, and I want to try making it at home.

660 · December 29, 2011 at 2:18 AM

i do all of the stuff listed above also cucumber

ginger/lemon tastes good

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