We all know that we need to be drinking at least 64 oz of water everyday – but sometimes it can be hard to get it down (especially when Diet Coke or Juice seems more appealing taste wise!)
So how can you easily boost your water intake every day and ENJOY it?
By making your water taste GREAT…..Cranberry Water! A cooling, slightly sweet/tart and thirst quenching drink, Cranberry Water has high levels of antioxidants and numerous health benefits. Cranberry Water is also very low calorie and low-glycemic as the Cranberry juice you will be using is unsweetened and you’ll use Stevia to sweeten your drink.
Cranberries are considered a “functional food”, meaning they provide natural health benefits far beyond basic nutrition. Drink 64 oz of this every day and you will feel GREAT – and best of all, you won’t feel like you are forcing yourself to drink water.
What are Cranberries good for?
Detoxifier – helps keep the liver’s detoxification pathways open
Digestive Aid and helps remove fat deposits remaining in your lymphatic system. MAY even help Cellulite ☺ Reason enough to drink 64 oz per day!
Cholesterol Zapper – Cranberries contain flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds – which help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol – the “BAD” cholesterol.
Natural defense against atherosclerosis and heart disease
Help prevent bladder infections by stopping the bacteria, E. Coli from sticking to the lining of the bladder.
Minimize bad breath by preventing bacteria from gathering on the surface of your teeth
What do you need to make Cranberry Water? (Purchase from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sunflower or other organic food store).
Water Bottle. I like our Live Well Camelbak 24oz Water Bottles as I drink TONS more water using them b/c of the “adult sippy cup” feel to it. No top to unscrew, doesn’t leak if knocked over, dishwater safe, great for the gym, car etc. I have 3 – one in my office, one in my car and one in my kitchen so that I’m always drinking – water that is!
Filtered Water – filter your own, buy spring water or try to use brands that use reverse osmosis and carbon filtration.
Pure, UNSWEETENED Cranberry Juice. (I.e. Mountain Sun from Whole Foods.)
Liquid Stevia (i.e. Sweet Leaf from Whole Foods). Stevia is a natural sweetener made from herbs and contains no calories or carbs and does not spike your blood sugar. Liquid Stevia has no bitter after taste. Also, NuStevia by NuNaturals has a Packet version that is non-bitter as well.
How do you make Cranberry Water? (32 oz)
Fill your Water Bottle with 28 oz of filtered, cold water
Add 8-10 drops of Stevia, depending how sweet or tart you like your drink
Add 4 oz of Unsweetened Cranberry Juice (Only 30 calories)
And voila! You have a GREAT drink that will taste like a treat all day ☺ Drink up to 64 ounces per day (8 oz of unsweetened Cranberry Juice).
Options: Add 4 oz of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice instead of Cranberry Juice. They too have additional Health Benefits, are low calorie, low-glycemic and taste great!
Be Happy, Be Healthy
*Cold Day Variation of how to get your daily water intake in an enjoyable way: Buy 5-6 herbal teas and sip 5-6 cups every day. I constantly drink herbal tea to keep warm and keep my water intake up during the cold months. Green tea, Coconut White tea, Peppermint, Spearmint, Bengal Spice, Cinnamon and Gingerbread are all some of my favorite natural, non sugar hot teas. Visit your natural food store and go wild in the tea section ☺