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Staying Hydrated One Tasty Combination at a Time

Author: be well™ with Big Y® Registered Dietitian Team

One of the top ways to feel and perform your best is to stay hydrated. And water, still or sparkling, remains the drink of choice to do the job.

Infuse flavor into your water with these tips from registered dietitian, Andrea Luttrell.

Whether it’s a weekday and you’re working from home or the weekend has rolled around and you’re hosting a family get-together, make drinking water the easy choice.


One tip: As long as water stays tasty and inviting, you and your guests will keep coming back for more without thinking twice.

How can you make something with minimal, if any, flavor a craveable endeavor? Get creative with fresh herb, fruit and vegetable combinations.


Weekday Water Party

During the hustle of your work week, it probably doesn’t make sense to set up a spread of freshly cut fruit and herbs so your family can build individual glasses of water, but there’s always a pitcher!

Slice citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruit or oranges and aromatic vegetables like cucumber and get muddling. Mash a few slices at the bottom of your pitcher with a wooden spoon or muddler to get a juicy base, add water and remaining untouched slices for aesthetics and additional flavor. Keep cool in the refrigerator and replenish as needed. Fresh berries and herbs like mint and basil work great too (see below)!


Weekend Water Bar

Think outside the typical non-alcoholic offerings of soda, bottled water and canned seltzer. Give your non-alcohol drinking guests more—just like you may do for the alcohol⁠-⁠based bevvys.

Build a water bar! Make it fun and formal. Use the same stemware you would use for cocktails. Offer ice while presenting colorful add-ins like sliced citrus, fresh berries and cucumber as well as fresh herbs like thyme, lemongrass, rosemary, basil and mint in colorful bowls and mason jars.

The perfect combination of add-ins is up to your guests to compose but the ideas below are a great way to get the flavor party started!


Source: Nestlé Waters North America Inc.

Reviewed 6/01/2023