As the first few hot days pass this summer, many dig out their water bottles that have been sitting in storage (like many things) over the winter. Although it is important to stay hydrated all year round, the hot and humid weather of the summer months can make it especially easy to become dehydrated. After a few hot hours playing outside or tending to the yard, there is nothing better than a cold glass of water… or is there? If you are like me, sometimes drinking water feels like a chore. If I do not have a bottle filled with ice and a straw in front of me (cue the $40 hydro flask with the straw top I just bought), then chances are I will not remember to drink it. But what if drinking water could be more fun? Unfortunately, I’m not talking about adding copious amounts of lemonade powder to the water every day. (Although some days, a lemonade stand is just what you need!) But for the days without lemonade stands, there are budget-friendly and healthy ways to make drinking water more fun! Follow the tips below to make a serious splash in sippin’ water this summer. (1)
- Dropping fresh or frozen berries can enhance the color and flavor of the water, plus you get a fun treat when you are finished drinking!
- Add a kick of flavor with mint! Take 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh mint, depending on taste. Remove any damaged or brown leaves and wash the sprigs very well. Keep the mint water in the fridge and add more water as you use it. The mint will keep flavoring the water for up to 3 days.
- Squeeze citrus fruits in! Squeezing lime, lemon, grapefruit, or oranges in your water will dramatically change the taste. It will make you pucker up and keep sipping for more! Leaving the wedges in your water can also give it a pop of color. (Which always makes things more enticing!)
- Spice it up with cinnamon. I know, this one may seem out of the box. (It kind of is.) This can really change the water game – it gives water an earthy and interesting flavor that will keep you coming back for more. In addition, if you start to get into the “fall mood” add some apples with the cinnamon in your water and sip on the apple pie concoction.
These tips can be helpful to enhance your water drinking experience. However, it does not have to get that fancy. Simply identifying what temperature you like your water at can help you drink more. For example, I love cold water – so I am more likely to drink water if there is ice in it. Also, drinking from a straw can make it more exciting. It is easy to put a glass or bottle in front of you but when you add a straw, a simple tip of your head can reach the straw to drink from! (Way less effort). Some even like to write on water bottles time goals they want to reach. This can keep drinking water on track and give you a sense of accomplishment.
As summer continues into full force, it is important to stay hydrated. Hopefully some of these tips and tricks can help make hydrating much easier and more fun!