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The Water Bar

by Vivian Fleitstra on February 17, 2014

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WANT TO BLAST YOUR WORKOUT AND YOUR CALORIE BURN?  DRINK WATER.

Water has no calories, no fat and no fiber, yet it’s the key that unlocks the door to good health!  It’s a natural detoxifier that helps regulate your body temperature and carries nutrients to your cells.   Think of the water you drink as fuel for your body, a way to pump up your workouts and help you lose weight.  So don’t forget to hydrate often and keep track of your water intake.

Drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water can help in your efforts to lose weight, keep it off, and look incredible from the inside out.  Whether it’s plain or sparkling, (watch for sodium and hidden alternative sweeteners that can kick up sugar cravings), water tastes great and is good for you.  And remember that thirst can sometimes masquerade as hunger, so drink a glass of water before you eat and see if that helps.

To help you stay properly hydrated, use the water bar to find great ways to make your plain water more interesting.  Simply select from the mix-ins, mixers, and extras on listed below and before you know it, you’ll be a water-mixologist.  It’s so easy and delicious.

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I found this great water jug (PBA free) at our local Wegman’s for an awesome price of $6.00 and created some water mixology of my own.  I added fresh mint leaves, sliced cucumber and sliced wedges of lemon.

Check out the water bar below and start mixing your own creations to help you stop drinking soda and boost your weight loss.

MIXER

  • Flat Water
  • Sparkling Water (make sure it has no calories, sodium or sweeteners)

MIX-INS

Choose any combination of mix-ins from the lists below for a delicious water cocktail.

Fruits/Veggies

  • Lemon Wedge
  • Lime Wedge
  • Orange Slice
  • Strawberry slices
  • Kiwi slices
  • Frozen grapes
  • Watermelon cubes
  • Dash of fruit juice: cranberry, orange, grapefruit

 Herbs

  • Mint leaves
  • Basil
  • Grated ginger
  • Rosemary

Extras

  • Crushed Ice
  • Ice cubes
  • Raspberry mint ice (fill an ice cube tray with water, fresh raspberries, and mint leaves)

To help you get started, here is a few favorite water recipes:

  • Hint of Mint – Ice water with Mint leaves.
  • Lotta Lemon – Sparkling water with 2 to 3 lemon slices and a few ice cubes.
  • Crazy for Cucumber – Ice water with 2 to 3 thin cucumber slices.
  • Basil Bonanza – Ice water with a lemon slice and torn basil leaves.
  • Fruity Refresher – Ice water with a few watermelon cubes and strawberry slices.

Let me know what creations you try in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.   All things in health & wellness. ~ Vivian.

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