Summer is finally here and I don't know about you but for me, there’s just something about summer that makes me want to eat watermelon all day long. It's so refreshing, naturally sweet, and it melts in your mouth. When I'm thirsty watermelon is like a taste of heaven in my mouth.
This season I’ve been taking my watermelon obsession to a whole new level by making watermelon & key lime infused water. If you have been following my blog posts you know by now that I'm ALL ABOUT detox waters. Also called fruit infused waters, they are incredibly easy to make and the best part is the combination of ingredients work together to create a healthy detox drink that can be nutritious and refreshing at the same time.
Watermelon offers many health benefits. It is excellent for detoxing and helping the body flush out excess toxins. It’s also great for fat loss and overall immune function.
Watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that helps improve liver function by filtering and getting rid of ammonia, which can damage cells. The citrulline in watermelon has also been shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in our fat cells, and the vitamin C content in watermelon is also incredibly high, which helps overall immune function.
Key limes are also a good source of potassium, vitamins A, B, C, and D, calcium and magnesium. Limes are acidic and they help saliva break down food for better digestion. Additionally, flavonoids in limes stimulate the secretion of digestive juices. If you experience constipation, the acidity of limes can clear the excretory system and stimulate bowel activity.
I also like to add a couple of mint leaves to my detox water. They aren’t added just for flavor or decoration but because they also help improve digestion and get rid of stomach cramps.
Drop the watermelon chunks, 3 sliced key limes and the mint leaves in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.
Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with filtered water. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.
You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavor.
Tips: If you want more flavor in your infused detox water you can use a spoon or fork to mash them up a bit to let the juices out. This will leave little bits in the water but the flavor will be fantastic!
If you can't find key limes you can also use regular limes. but not artificial juice. Wash key limes & limes thoroughly to remove pesticides, dirt, and wax before slicing them.
You can also use unflavored sparkling water as an alternative. Don't add any sugar or artificial sweeteners.
You can also prepare your detox water in advance. Letting the fruits infuse your water for at least 24 hours will add a much stronger flavor.
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