5 Ways to Make Water More Fun

A cold drink on a long, hot summer day may be one of life’s simplest pleasures–but the calories and sugars in many of your favorite drinks add up fast. In fact, one in four Americans consumes at least 200 calories of sugar-sweetened beverages a day–enough to add twenty pounds to your frame in a year! Fortunately, you don’t have to stick to plain old water everyday–add flavor and health to your diet with these five hydrating options.

Perrier

If carbonated beverages are your go-to drink in the summer, make the switch to Perrier or another sparkling mineral water. They provide the same irresistible bubbles as sodas and sparkling fruit drinks without the added calories and sugar–or the damage to your teeth!

 Watermelon Slices

If you’d rather rehydrate with food, reach for a slice of watermelon: it’s made of over 92% water! A recent study from the University of Aberdeen Medical School found that the combination of minerals–it contains the rehydration salts sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium–sugar, and water actually hydrate people more effectively than water alone. For a double hydration boost and added flavor, add watermelon cubes to a glass of water.

 Flavored Teas

As long as it’s unsweetened, tea–hot or cold–is a great option to sip on. And contrary to popular opinion, the caffeine content in tea won’t dehydrate you: it isn’t high enough to displace the water you’re drinking. Teas of all kind also have added health benefits: research has shown that the antioxidants found in green, black, and oolong teas increase HDL cholesterol, decrease LDL cholesterol, and improve artery function.

Citrus

Adding a slice of citrus–lemon, lime, grapefruit, or orange–may be the simplest way to perk up your water. And while one glass of citrus water may not be the key to weight loss, citrus fruits contain many of vitamins and minerals that can boost overall health.

Lemon Lime Mint

For a sweet and sour pick-me-up, try combining zero-calorie flavor boosters like citrus and mint. Make your own with slices of lemon and lime and muddled mint leaves. Add in sliced cucumbers and you have the perfect pairings!