Similarly, Babassface sold me a few months ago on the eight-glasses-a-day-SERIOUSLY idea with her fantastical experience. I find tap water absolutely revolting on its own, but I can't lug enormous bottles of Poland Spring on my commute to work (which already includes a ten-minute on-foot portion), so I'm always looking for new jazz-up-my-H20 ideas. I rarely drink water straight. In fact, I'm pretty sure my Native American name would be something along the lines of... Stuff In My Water. Here's a comprehensive list from the most obvious (Captain Obvious) to the least obvious (Private Obvious).
Lemons and lemon juice. Lime also works, obv. What's slightly less obvious is keeping one of those lemon juice squeezers that look like a lemon in your fridge so you don't have to cut up a lemon every time you're thirstin' Howell. Some extra juice and a couple of Splenda packets = poor gal's lemonade.
Crystal Light packets have artificial sweeteners, but improve your water-drinking experience by 87%. I've measured it.
Various fruits and vegetables. Try cucumbers (per Cat's tip), apples, mango, various melons, carrots, and kiwi. It's like sangria! But not.
Ginger, the gnarly, nubby kind is a detoxifying wake-up call to your daily drink. Peel it and cut it into small slices. It also relieves nausea. I find it vital for hangover days. A sort of ginger ale for the Martha Stewart set, if you will. Try it on out.
Dr. Brandt Anti-Oxidant Water Booster in Blueberry ($35)
Yes, that's a lot of money. But one little bottle will last you six months if you do as I do. Keep it at work and drop in the contents of one dropper over the course of the workday. Just enough to make your tap water taste like delish blueberry, but not so much that it seems like you're drinking juice. It does sort of flake within the cup, making it look a bit strange (if this bothers you, simply drop in the Water Booster first, then add water--it'll mix better), but it tastes divine and provides you with the benefits of 15 cups of green tea.
Want to do everything I do? I drink mine out of my new Earthlust 20-ounce Dragon Fly bottle ($18). Is it not GORGE? Nalgenes are so 2008. I keep mine at work and Jim refers to its dragon fly who lives on it as a "dining needle." He said it by accident one day (what does that even MEAN?) and it continues to crack us up.
What are your water-drinking ideas? And do you do the eight-glasses-a-day thing? Tell me in the comments.
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