When it comes to nature’s bounty, good old H2O is something of an essential but unspectacular staple. Of course, as a vegan it’s certainly easier to find a drink on the go than it is to find something to eat in unfamiliar surroundings – you just have to look for the tap. But even if drinking water day after day is convenient and healthy, it isn’t very exciting. Thankfully, nature is also on hand with the solution, and it comes in the shape of various fruits and herbs on which we are able to lay our hands without too much trouble.
Yes, we are talking about fruit infusions, and not the type that comes in a box of teabags. It is easy, healthy and delicious to prepare your own fruit-infused water drinks. Keeping them in the fridge or bottling them to go means it is not inconvenient.
Pomegranate, Ginger & Lime Water
One such example is the invigorating Pomegranate, Ginger & Lime Water. Ginger really is the most underrated of ingredients. It gives the dullest offering a warming tang and an exotic edge (ginger’s Asian ‘roots’ – excuse the pun – can be traced back several millennia to ancient China). Nutritionally, it’s a real winner. Its natural oils include gingerol, which has excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This means that it is also linked to the reduction of osteoarthritis symptoms. It has also been suggested that ginger can lower blood sugars and reduce the chance of heart disease, cancer and gum diseases.
Meanwhile, scooped-out pomegranate seeds add a fruity lightness. Pomegranate juice has up to three times the antioxidant activity of red wine and green tea, and it is also made from the seeds – so you can imagine how adding the same to your water can be beneficial. It is also said that pomegranate seeds are a natural aphrodisiac! While the pick-me-up qualities of Pomegranate, Ginger & Lime Water make it ideal for the post-lunch slump, you may want to save a couple of servings for later in the evening.
And then there’s the lime. Lime is packed with vitamin C, and packs a sweet tang that many find preferable to its bitter cousin, the lemon. Adding lime to pretty much any drink is a great way to liven it up, and infused water is no exception. Half it, squeeze it, and you’re ready to go.
For a full range of similarly delicious, healthy fruit infusions, check out this infographic –with options for every time of the day, you never need to grow tired of Adam’s Ale again.
How to Pimp up a Glass of Water
What are your favorite fruit infusions? Let us know in the comments!