- "Fruitify" your water. It only takes a few minutes to make a pitcher of fruit-infused water. Simply throw a handful of ice and a cup or two of watermelon, or cantaloupe, or honeydew melon into a blender, fill with water, and pulse. Or, mash fresh hulled strawberries or raspberries with a fork and stir into a pitcher of ice water. Or quarter a seedless orange, squeeze the juice into the pitcher of ice water, and throw in the quarters for extra color and flavor.
- Flavor your water with veggies and herbs; it is unbelievably good! Scrunch a handful of fresh mint to release the flavor, and add it with a handful of fresh cucumber slices to a pitcher of ice water. If you're feeling adventurous add a few lemon slices, too.
- Try coconut water! Coconut water is the clear liquid inside a young coconut. Nowadays it is commercially available with brands such as Vita Coco and Zico.
- Make frozen fruit ice cubes to dress up your sparkling water. Simply plop any one of the following ripe fruits into your blender and puree, then freeze in ice cub trays: mangoes, strawberries, kiwi, watermelon, blackberries, raspberries, papaya, peaches, or pitted black cherries.
- Try mineral waters such as San Pellegrino, Perrier, and Apollinaris. Each have their own unique flavor owing to their mineral content. Find the ones you like and have them with a fresh wedge of lemon or lime.
You can read about my decision to have weight loss surgery back in 2003 and my journey to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management since that time. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management with shareposts along the way to help you navigate that journey successfully.