This anti-inflammatory fruit and ginger infused water is the perfect homemade refresher. It’s made with ginger, watermelon, and tons of other fruits and veggies that feature added health benefits.
Summertime is here along with picnics, BBQ’s, and dinners on the patio with friends. With high temperatures and warm sunlight, these summer gatherings always feature tons of icy cold beverages. Beer, lemonade, soda, you name it, and the problem is that it’s anything but hydrating and healthy. These classic summertime drinks can dehydrate our body further, and send our blood sugar soaring. I don’t know about you, but joint pain, headaches, and feeling hangry is not the way I want to spend my day at the pool.
But let’s face it, sitting at an outdoor gathering with just a cup of water can feel a little bland. That’s why I’m sharing this yummy infused water recipe! It’s a beautiful and flavorful alternative to a cold soda that features a myriad of health benefits.
The Health Benefits Of This Ginger & Fruit Infused Water
So, what’s the big deal? Why is this water that much better than a sugary lemonade? Here are just a few reasons why this anti-inflammatory water is a great choice for summer.
Hydration from water is key to health.
Nothing hydrates us like water does, and drinks like beer, soda, and coffee can actually dehydrate us. Our body needs to stay hydrated to lubricate our joints, support natural detox, and to carry nutrients throughout the body. Dehydration is a serious issue, and we need to stay hydrated to stay healthy and ward off inflammation.
The ginger in this water is a powerhouse ingredient.
What makes this water especially unique is the grated ginger. Not only does it give it a little spicy kick, but ginger is known to naturally support good digestion and be anti-inflammatory!
It’s naturally sweetened with whole fruit slices.
Sugar is public enemy number one in the health world these days, and in reality, it’s not wasted energy to be blaming a lot of issues on sugar. Added sugar in something like lemonade or a soda can spike up our blood sugar, which throws off our hormone balance, stress response and tons of other processes in the body. Though you may feel a sugar boost to start, you’ll feel depleted and cranky once it wears off.
Unlike other drinks you’d find in the chest cooler at a picnic, this water has zero added sugar. The only sweetness comes from the whole fruit slices! Not only do these fruits taste amazing, but some of the fruits like the strawberries contain powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation.
The Ingredients You’ll Need
Watermelon and strawberries
These add a nice sweetness to the water. You can also use other fruits like peach or mango.
The lemon adds a light flavor to the water.
Ginger is the star anti-inflammatory ingredient here. Since it’s a bit spicy, you may have to scale the amount up or down depending on your tastes. I think 1″ of ginger works great, but you can easily double it.
- 32 oz fresh, filtered water
- 2 cups watermelon, cubed
- 2 cups cucumber, sliced
- 1 cup strawberries, halved
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 1“-1.5” ginger, grated
- Add in all of the fruits, cucumber, and ginger to a large pitcher.
- Pour the water over the fruit and mix well.
- Allow chilling in the fridge for 2-4 hours before serving.
- Mix well and serve with a large ladle or spoon to scoop out the fruit and ginger into glasses. Add ice if needed.
- Category: Drinks
- Cuisine: American