We all know water is good for us and we’re supposed to drink eight glasses a day. The touted benefits of doing so range from clearer skin, to greater amounts of energy, to better weight management. Jennifer Aniston even recently chalked up her good looks in part to her voracious water-drinking habit in PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful issue (in which she took home the top prize of “Most Beautiful,” naturally).
But, despite all of the obvious benefits to drinking water, I’m going to admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of the plain stuff. I’ve always preferred Diet Coke (I know, I know, horrible nutrition choice), Iced tea (caffeine!) or seltzer instead. But, in the last year, I’ve not only come to love water, but I’ve learned how to make it a lot more interesting, too.
The catalyst for my change of heart: getting pregnant. For one, whatever the heck makes Diet Coke taste so good is apparently not so good for developing babies, and neither is caffeine or sugar. Which basically limited my drinking options to seltzer water or regular water. The other thing: when you’re pregnant, you are SO thirsty. Like insatiably thirsty. Suddenly, there was not enough water in the world for me.
Of course, now that I’ve had the baby, I pick up the occasional DC, but for the most part, I’ve stuck with the water. For one, I feel so much better when I’m well-hydrated. Plus I need every and any advantage I can get in dropping the last few pounds of baby weight, and water helps by replacing some of my more caloric beverage choices and making me feel less bloated. But also: I’ve learned to make plain water not-so-plain. I’ve become a bit of a water gourmand, and I like to infuse it with different herbs and fruits and try new “recipes.”
Not only is this amazingly easy to do, it look gorgeous in your fridge, and really impresses when you have people over and you offer them your homemade “spa water.” (Which, btw, they sell at Whole Foods for about $6 a bottle). All you need: A Brita pitcher and filter (I got mine at my local Safeway), and an assortment of your favorite fresh herbs, fruit, and veggies. I always use filtered water because it tastes better, and with a Brita you have the option of just throwing your flavorings right into the pitcher.
Here are a few of my favorite spa water combos. (Plus, scroll to the bottom for your chance to win a Brita pitcher of your own and #FuelWithBrita all summer!)
Cucumber + Mint
Rosemary + Citrus
(I used lime, orange, and lemon)
Strawberry + Lemon
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